Beaks and Bills

  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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  March 2020

Corvids … Something to Crow About

After another interesting winter, complete with every form of precipitation and bitter northeast winds, spring is upon us. The months of March and April are usually part of the more exciting transition periods for birds and especially for birders. Wintering … Continue reading

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  February 2020

Who Cooks for You?

The title of this month’s column might be a bit confusing or even misleading to some. Most birders, however, will recognize the mnemonic that mimics the distinctive call of the barred owl. If you’re in the appropriate habitat, you’re likely … Continue reading

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  February 2020

18th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival

This year’s Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival will be March 20-22, 2020. On the first weekend of spring, plan your activities around yet another exciting weekend at the Wings Over Water festival in Blaine. Events include field trips, boat … Continue reading

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  January 2020

Waterfowl

Looking back over past columns since 2002, it seems I’ve always been drawn to writing about waterfowl this time of year. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given the feelings I’ve harbored since growing up in the waterfowl-rich prairies of … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Winter Birds of Whatcom County

With Hats Off to Roger Tory Peterson By the time you read this column in early December, most of our winter birds should be well situated in their respective habitats. Another seasonal transition is behind us, and, for the most … Continue reading

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  October-November 2019

From the South Sound to Bellingham

  We took a long weekend recently to meet with my sister and nephew in Gig Harbor and as we started making plans, my mind started thinking about birds … of course. With time of the essence, we decided to … Continue reading

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  September 2019

Caspian Tern Redux

As the calendar rolls into September every year, I tend to wax nostalgic about a variety of odds and ends and even life in general. Summertime is generally a time of year for memorable events lending to the age-old question, … Continue reading

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