Beaks and Bills

  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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  March 2016

14th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival March 11-13, Blaine, Washington

The perfect activity to comple­ment winterspring is the Wings Over Water Festival in Blaine, the origin of which might require a little foreword. It was just over fourteen years ago that I hosted a meeting with members of the board … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Winterspring

There are certain times of the year that are particularly notable, especially those times that relate to seasonal changes. The change from spring into summer is often so subtle that we hardly notice the shift. Summer eases into fall and … Continue reading

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  February 2016

Beaks and Bills Index

This is a list of the monthly “Beaks and Bills” columns by Joe Meche. Titles in bold are stand-alone articles written by Joe Meche. Looking Back — February 2016 Cold Weather Birding — January 2016 Winter Is for Waterfowl — … Continue reading

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  February 2016

Looking Back

Taking time to reflect on a span of fourteen years has great potential to assess what you might or might not have not accomplished. This exercise has its positive side but can also point to things we’d rather forget. On … Continue reading

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  January 2016

Cold Weather Birding

When the beginning of the year rolls around, there is no need to put away your binoculars and bird books, just because the weather has changed dramatically from idyllic to challenging. In the overall scheme of things, we might prefer … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Winter Is for Waterfowl

The typical sights and sounds of late October and early November evoked an avalanche of emotions from the past. When I was growing up in southwest Louisiana, the change from hot and humid summer weather gave way to crisp and … Continue reading

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  October-November 2015

Silver Lake Park

I pointed out in last month’s column that our late season push to find suitable sites for Grandkid Camping 2015 led us to an unexplored (by us) local gem at Birch Bay State Park. When I planned for our third … Continue reading

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