Birds in the News

A European Robin, far outside its normal range, poses for admirers in Beijing. Zhang Xiaoling

A Vagrant European Robin Is Drawing Huge Crowds in China

— The rarity popped up at the Beijing Zoo earlier this month, revealing a booming Chinese birding scene.
Great Black Hawk. Doug Hitchcox/Maine Audubon

A Mexican Hawk in Maine Has Somehow Survived Two Snowstorms

— Hundreds of people have visited the first wild Great Black Hawk to venture into the United States, where it's dining on squirrel instead of lizard.

Baseball for the Birds: A New North Carolina Team Rallies Around an Endangered Species

— Inspired by the Red-cockaded Woodpecker's resilience, the Houston Astros affiliate has chosen the bird to be its official mascot.

Are Birds Actually Government-Issued Drones? So Says a New Conspiracy Theory Making Waves (and Money)

— Hatched by a 20-year-old college student, the Birds Aren’t Real movement has drawn intrigue and scorn on Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter.
Forty sick shorebirds arrived at Save Our Seabirds, an avian hospital in Sarasota, Florida on a Monday last month. The hospital has never treated so many Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones in a single day. Kylie Wilson

How This Year's Devastating Red Tide Has Wreaked Havoc on Florida's Birds

— Sick Red Knots, Sanderlings, and Ruddy Turnstones have been turning up at hospitals in record numbers as toxic algal blooms take their toll.
Cars slowly cross the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge on the Croatan Sound near the Coast of North Carolina as thousands of Purple Martins return to roost for the night. Eamon Queeney

A Biologist's Bittersweet Return to See the Birds She Helped Save

— Alisa Esposito made it her mission to protect Purple Martins from deadly collisions on a North Carolina bridge. When personal tragedy struck, the birds helped her through the ordeal.

How to Deal With Birding FOMO

— It’s been a week since I missed out on the Kirtland’s Warbler that strayed into Manhattan. I’m still not over it.

How to Help Owls and Other Raptors After Snowstorms

— Birds can often appear distressed during the winter. Not all need to be rescued, but when they do, call a pro.

The Bizarre Walk of the Western Grebe Caught on Camera

— Western Grebes famously run on water, but few ornithologists have seen them using their aquatic feet to scamper across land.

Why Is This Northern Cardinal Yellow?

— Yes, that is a cardinal. We asked experts how this redbird might have gotten its golden feathers.