Beaks and Bills

  Oct/Nov 2017

Shorebirds

One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve heard from people who discover that I’m interested in birds is, “what’s your favorite bird?” Most of the birders I know have favorites or can at least narrow it down to a … Continue reading

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  September 2017

Late Summer Birding

I’ve written before about the dog days of birding and this summer has proven beyond a doubt that they exist. These are the times that try a birder’s soul because birds are painfully scarce in most habitats, and finding them … Continue reading

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  August 2017

East of the Mountains

by Joe Meche Over the past two decades we’ve made our first trip over Washington Pass as soon as the snowplows opened State Highway 20, usually in mid-May. For one reason or another this year, mid-May suddenly became mid-June before … Continue reading

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  July 2017

Birding the Olympic Coast

Cape Flattery Lighthouse on Tatoosh Island began operating in 1857.       Photo: Joe Meche Part II Cape Flattery to Port Townsend After three days on the southwest coast between Tokeland and Ocean Shores, I continued my journey along the loop … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Birding the Olympic Coast South by Southwest

Part 1 Every year when March and April come around, the first shorebirds begin showing up on local beaches. At the same time I think about the Washington coast and the large-scale migration of these unique birds. The end of … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Birding on Bikes

A few years back, one of the field trips that I offered through the North Cascades Audubon Society was called Birds on Bikes. While the title evoked a few chuckles, it was a great way to spend time looking for … Continue reading

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  April 2017

The Parts of a Bird

No matter how long you’ve considered yourself a birdwatcher or a birder, you probably started out the same way that everyone else did. Birds might have caught your eye at an early age and with your first field guide in … Continue reading

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  March 2017

Spring Is Upon Us

Spring will officially begin on March 20, at 3:29 a.m., PDT. For many of us, it can’t come soon enough. Given the climate, both physical and political, we need a break. The ice and snow over the Valentine’s Day holiday … Continue reading

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  February 2017

The Appeal of Birds

From a statistical point of view, the popularity of birds has never been higher. More people than ever participate in bird watching and bird feeding while citizen scientists add valuable data in tracking bird populations throughout the year. Organized monitoring … Continue reading

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  January 2017

A Wintry Day Across the Border

Every year, I give myself a special birthday present. While it might not seem that special to many people, it is to me. I treat myself to a day at one of my favorite places. It’s not a luxurious spa … Continue reading

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