Beaks and Bills

  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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  April 2019

From Bellingham to Port Townsend

It’s the time of year when you might have the urge or itch to get outside and sample the freshness of the season. That widespread phenomenon is usually referred to as spring fever, but you should never feel that you’re … Continue reading

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  March 2019

Equinox

Equinoxes occur on any planet that has a tilted rotational axis. On Earth, the equinox is the time of year when the plane of our equator passes through the center of the sun, resulting in equal times of day and … Continue reading

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  February 2019

What’s in a Name?

With the January hump behind us we can begin anew, having experienced the wild windstorm of Dec. 20. Wind gauges at Mt. Baker measured gusts of 117 mph and the shoreline roads in Birch Bay and on the Semiahmoo Spit … Continue reading

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  January 2019

An Idea for Birding in the New Year

In the middle of December the weather often demands that I spend more time indoors. During these slower times, I think back through the year to see if I satisfied myself with all the birds that I hoped to see. … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Winter Waterfowl

For most of my life I’ve had a strong affinity for one of the most visible groups of birds — the ducks, geese, and related species that comprise the greater family of waterfowl. Some of my earliest bird-related memories are … Continue reading

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  October-November 2018

The Southwest Coast: Cape Disappointment to Ocean Shores

It was with great anticipation that I finally changed my calendar to September to begin the countdown to my getaway for a week to Washington’s southwest coast. My anticipation was heightened by the stream of reports of large numbers of … Continue reading

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  September 2018

Return of the Shorebirds

Just like clockwork, and further to my last column, by late July the shorebirds that passed through on their northbound migration had begun heading south. The great thing about it is that birding activity in general will see a noticeable … Continue reading

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  August 2018

Seasonal Flux

While it might be difficult to imagine, the period between late July and early August is the time of year when birding seasons overlap to the point of — for lack of a better word — confusion. At one point … Continue reading

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