Beaks and Bills

  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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  August 2019

Birding by the Seasons

This is always the toughest column of the year to write, considering that it’s the time I’ve always referred to as the Dog Days of Birding. From mid-July and into late August, people actually complain that there are “no birds.” … Continue reading

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  July 2019

May in the Methow Valley

The Methow River is a tributary of the Columbia, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. The Methow’s 1,890 square mile watershed drains much of the wilderness areas of the eastern slope of the North Cascades. Its tributaries include the … Continue reading

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  June 2019

Parks and Trails

Editor’s Note: Whatcom Watch thanks Joe for his years and years of superb columns! We’ll celebrate number 200 next year. I wrote my first column for the Whatcom Watch in April of 2002. In the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Spring Birds, Nests, and Nesting Boxes

The Birds During this time of year the seasonal transition is mostly complete. Many of our wintering birds have left and made room for the species that are coming in to spend the spring and summer with us. What this … Continue reading

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