Birding

A Cedar Waxwing and a Bohemian Waxwing perched on a branch, both holding a berry in their mouth.

Stylish and Social, Winter Waxwings Provide a Wonderful ID Challenge

— Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings look very similar and are more likely to intermingle in the colder months. Here’s how to tell them apart.
A flock of Common Redpolls fly through a snowy field in golden sunlight.

This Year’s Bonanza of Boreal Birds Once Again Bears Out the Winter Finch Forecast

— As predicted, grosbeaks, crossbills, and other northern birds are on the move, visiting feeders and delighting birders. Prognosticator Tyler Hoar explains what goes into the annual projection.

Log On and Team Up for a Whole New Type of Big Year

— Audubon staff used eBird in 2022 for a count that emphasized collaboration over competition. Here’s how to launch your own group effort.

An Ode to Weird Duck Time

— Cartoonist Rosemary Mosco reflects on a season that’s special to her—and not only because she invented it.
A flock of ducks flying in the same direction with an out of focus landscape in the background.

A Duck Hunter’s Tips for Quickly Identifying Waterfowl on the Wing

— Take limits require rapid ID of fast-flying birds—a useful skill for any birder. One waterfowler breaks down how she does it.

A Beginner’s Guide to eBird

— Birders and scientists alike have come to depend on this powerful platform. New to birding or intimidated by eBird? Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

How the ‘Elevator Music of Birding’ Became My New Favorite Tune

— After the Merlin Bird ID app helped me discover the Warbling Vireo, its song now feels like a secret message meant just for me.

Here’s How Drastically Birding Has Changed Over the Past 50 Years

— On the 25th anniversary of his book "Kingbird Highway," Kenn Kaufman reflects on the many ways the hobby has transformed since he first hitchhiked across the country chasing birds in the 1970s.

The Big Tern Cheat Sheet: How to ID Four Common Species

— In summer, North America’s four largest terns are near look-alikes. With a keen eye for detail you can tell them apart.

Welcome to the Dark Side: Your Guide to Nocturnal Migration Birding

— Here’s everything you need to join a growing DIY community where the action heats up when the sun goes down.