Birding

10 Fun Facts About the Red-tailed Hawk

— There’s a lot to love about this familiar raptor, from its courtship acrobatics to its masterful hunting.

Ask Kenn: What’s Up With Bird Color Morphs and Phases?

— In some species, many adults wear different color patterns from others. Kenn Kaufman explains the phenomenon, and the lingo to describe it.

A New Stunning Nest Guide Celebrates a Different Aspect of Birding

— The Peterson series displays the variety in crafted structures of a whopping 650 species. Co-author David Moskowitz shares insights from the field.

Look Up! An Introduction to Identifying Raptors in Flight

— When hawks and falcons stream across the sky in large numbers, you need a distinct set of birding skills to tell them apart.

Why You Should Experience a Hawkwatch

— Laurie Goodrich has witnessed 35 fall raptor migrations. She shares why hawkwatching still excites her today.

Ask Kenn: Do Migrating Birds Take the Same Routes in Spring and Fall?

— In this month's column, bird expert Kenn Kaufman explains the phenomenon of "loop migration."

The Kirtland's Warbler Should be Michigan's State Bird

— And while we’re at it, we should change its name to Jack Pine Warbler.

It's Time to Redefine 'Birding'

— Anyone who enjoys birds—wherever, however—should be able to call themselves a birder.

How Birders Are Boosting Their Yard Lists While They Sleep

— Using DIY setups and free software, a growing number of community scientists are eavesdropping on nocturnal migrants flying above.

Two Fantastic Warblers Anyone Can Find

— Ready to up your warbler game but not sure where to begin? Seek out water to get started with this popular pair.