Word on Birds: Nesting time in the bird world | Local News

Word on Birds: Nesting time in the bird world |  Local News

It is hard to believe that the nesting season started back in January and February for great horned owls and it will continue into August, and maybe even September, for some of our resident birds that have multiple broods. We are certainly in the middle of the nesting season for many birds. Young red-tailed hawks … Read more

Bird’s-eye View: Common or Fish Crows are smarter than we think | Lifestyles

Bird’s-eye View: Common or Fish Crows are smarter than we think |  Lifestyles

Tweetings, fellow birders! Thanks for flying in to read this column! This week I’d like to discuss a very interesting neighbor which you might take for granted, that being our old pal and farmer’s favorite, the Crow. While you may not realize it, they are intelligent, intriguing and downright clever, and really deserve an honorable … Read more

Bird’s-eye View: Common or Fish Crows are smarter than we think | Lifestyle

Bird’s-eye View: Common or Fish Crows are smarter than we think |  Lifestyle

Tweetings, fellow birders! Thanks for flying in to read this column! This week I’d like to discuss a very interesting neighbor which you might take for granted, that being our old pal and farmer’s favorite, the Crow. While you may not realize it, they are intelligent, intriguing and downright clever, and really deserve an honorable … Read more

LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Some birds nesting, some on the move | Lifestyles

LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Some birds nesting, some on the move |  Lifestyles

Mesonet.org recorded no rain over the past seven days. Payne County rare birds for the week include the ongoing Teal Ridge Least Bittern, as well as assorted reports of the Black-bellied Whistling Duck in multiple locations. Writer has had several sightings of the Chimney Swift around the Lakeview Road/Boomer Lake area throughout the spring, which … Read more

Words on Birds: It’s best to leave baby birds alone | News

Word on Birds: Nesting time in the bird world |  Local News

Last week, I talked about all the fledgling birds that were around this time of year. Many may be in our backyards and around our neighborhoods. This is the time of year when phone calls come in from well-meaning folks who find an “abandoned” bird, so it’s time for me to repeat past columns about … Read more

A low-tech guy finds magic in an app that identifies birds from the sound of their songs | Sports And Outdoors

A low-tech guy finds magic in an app that identifies birds from the sound of their songs |  Sports And Outdoors

I’m not exactly a Luddite. And I generally don’t consider myself a technophobe — though I have my moments. But I’ve always been something of a low-tech person. And I sometimes cringe at what seems to be an unquestioning embrace of technology and technological advances by America’s mainstream culture. This embrace can be — and … Read more

Search for a ‘bird of happiness’ with ‘Halcyon Journey’ author Marina Richie | Montana News

Search for a ‘bird of happiness’ with ‘Halcyon Journey’ author Marina Richie |  Montana News

Walking undeterred through thick brush and downed trees alongside Rattlesnake Creek, Marina Richie grinned and proclaimed: “This is the kingfisher mansion.” Richie, 63, was referring to a section of eroded riverbank a few miles north of downtown Missoula where a mating pair of belted kingfishers — the only pair she’s aware of in that area … Read more

Targeting protected nongame birds and protected ground squirrels is illegal | Idaho

Targeting protected nongame birds and protected ground squirrels is illegal |  Idaho

Summer is a popular time of year, not just for recreational shooters but for some ground squirrels and protected nongame birds nesting in Idaho’s flatlands Temperatures are starting to climb and the days are long, and that’s good news for recreational shooters looking to get out of city limits to shoot guns. Summer is a … Read more

For the Birds: Sandpiper unexpected addition to summer count | Local News

For the Birds: Sandpiper unexpected addition to summer count |  Local News

BRYAN STEVENS It’s not too often I get a chance to make a historic bird sighting, but that’s what happened on a recent Saturday while seated on a bench with Rob Armistead having a breakfast break while taking part in a seasonal bird survey in Elizabethton along the Watauga River. I chose the location for … Read more

LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Why are some birds so tough to spot? | Lifestyles

LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Why are some birds so tough to spot?  |  Lifestyles

We have been adding to the water table since our flood conditions. There is another 0.78 inches of water in Boomer Lake since we last checked a week ago. Fortunately, much of the additional rain that has been called for has not reached our area. Rare birds for the last seven days in Payne County … Read more