Kenn Kaufman's Notebook

Illustration: Kenn Kaufman

I Think My First Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Was Tipsy

— Their specialized diets make these woodpeckers the botanists of the bird world, but it can also cause them to get boozy on occasion.

Consider the Black Turnstone, a Master of Camouflage

— Compared with other shorebirds, the bird's range is extremely limited. But there might be a good reason for that.

The Curious Case of the Itinerant Fulvous Whistling-Duck

— The wandering birds have been recorded all over the lower 48 states, but where they'll end up next is anyone's guess.

Meet John James Audubon’s Nemesis Bird: the Chestnut-sided Warbler

— Despite decades of searching, Audubon struggled to find the bird after his first sighting. But there might be some good reasons why.