Beaks and Bills

  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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  December 2016

Winter Birding on the Flats

Flats are interesting geological formations. Also known as mud flats or tidal flats, they are generally formed as sediments are deposited in low-lying areas by rivers or tides. Over long periods of time parts of the flats might fill in … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

East of the Cascades

If you’ve followed this column for a while, you know that Cindy and I always take a fall trip to the other side of the mountains, and this year was no exception. After spending time tying up a summer’s worth … Continue reading

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  September 2016

Summer Surprises

Following more traditional patterns, the season of courtship, breeding and nesting for most bird species occurs in early spring. This is the time when our resident birds and new arrivals begin the cycle anew. Factors like weather and availability of … Continue reading

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  August 2016

Bird Books

Over the past fourteen years that I’ve been writing this column I’ve fielded a number of queries about books that go beyond basic field guides. Our tried and true, field-tested guides are an important part of everyone’s essential gear; however, … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Gulls

Not everyone is particularly fond of gulls, so I guess I’m an exception. While many other birds can be difficult to find, it seems that I can always find gulls to observe and study throughout the year. Gulls are some … Continue reading

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  June 2016

The Neotropicals Have Returned

by Joe Meche By the time you read this column in early June, the majority of our winter birds will have departed, winging their way to northern and eastern breeding grounds. The sea and bay ducks, loons, and grebes donned … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Semiahmoo: Four Seasons of Birds

Throughout the year and for any number of reasons, I often find myself drawn to visiting one place in particular. I’ve probably voiced this opinion before but just for the record, whenever I’m asked about my favorite place to spend … Continue reading

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  April 2016

Three Birding Hotspots in Northern California

by Joe Meche In response to an invitation to my sister’s housewarm­ing in San Francisco, Cindy said, “Let’s go!” At first I was taken aback by her quick response but it was proof positive that we were ready for one … Continue reading

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