Beaks and Bills

  January 2021

Birding in the New Year

After a tumultuous 2020, things can only get better in 2021 … at least that’s the hope of everyone on planet Earth. The Covid-19 pandemic dictated that we change our habits and canceled traditional gatherings for most of the big … Continue reading

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  December 2020

Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) originated in 1900. It began as an alternative to the Christmas Side Hunt where people went out to see how many birds they could kill on Christmas Day. A small group … Continue reading

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  December 2020

Winter Birding Old and New in Skagit County

Throughout the Covid Summer of 2020 and into the fall, many of us have sought ways and means to deal with a world turned upside down by the ongoing pandemic. Before the great news from the recent election, we were … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2020

Say Goodbye to the Summer That Was

Needless to say, the summer of 2020 has been one to remember, and possibly one that we would just as soon forget. In addition to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rash of wildfires in the West, political divisiveness and social … Continue reading

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  September 2020

Birding the Shorelines

As we segue from August and the infamous dog days of birding into the first part of September, most of our birding hotspots are still quiet and far less productive than they were in spring and early summer. I’ve experienced … Continue reading

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  August 2020

Some Favorite Photos by Joe Meche

I’ve been photographing birds for more than 40 years and while the inner purist was reluctant to switch from film to digital, I now embrace the new technology. The cost factor and ease of handling and editing make it ideal … Continue reading

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  July 2020

As Light as a Feather

One of Nature’s True Marvels As long as we’ve coexisted, humans have been fascinated by and even envious of birds and their ability to fly. We’ve been equally enthralled by their most prominent features … feathers. We’ve incorporated feathers into … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Nesting Birds in Whatcom County

By early June, our winter birds have left for their traditional breeding grounds to the north and east. When you consider the thousands of birds that wintered here, you might think their departure leaves us without any significant birds to … Continue reading

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  May 2020

Birding in the Time of Covid-19

It seems that it’s been a long wait for spring birding and the wait increased slightly with the arrival of Covid-19. This pandemic created a major disruption in our everyday activities, from work to recreational pursuits. However, spring birds are … Continue reading

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  April 2020

Spring Migration

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods get all the publicity and the inherent perils are well known by most people. Lesser known, but one of the most powerful natural forces on planet Earth, is the massive movement of birds in springtime, driven … Continue reading

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