Beaks and Bills

  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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  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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