The Birders’ Trail

Next Stop: Dauphin Island

Next Stop: Dauphin Island

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Dauphin Island, Alabama. Photo © George Dodd|Dreamstime.com. White sand seashores…ocean breezes…quiet pine forests…With such peaceful beauty to call its...

Quacks and Splashes

Quacks and Splashes

Waterfowl migration on the Choptank River, Cambridge, Maryland. Photo © Cheryl Shank. Surf Scoters floated beneath us on the Choptank River, their dramatic head patterns standing out against the...

Chasing Short-eared Owls

Chasing Short-eared Owls

Short-eared Owl flying over a farm field. Photo © Adrian Shank. It was the evening of December 31, 2020. I was returning home from trying to find one more year bird, when my birding friend Tim Byler...

The Escapade

The Escapade

“Slow and steady wins the race,” I rehearsed to myself for the who-knows-how-many-eth time as I inched my way around the splendid oak. With my chin to the horizon I searched determinedly, hoping to...

Yellow-bellied Bully

Yellow-bellied Bully

I think some birders have feeding stations simply because they enjoy watching for unusual birds or unusual behavior.Recently we had a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers coming to our suet log—one...

I’m Hungry!!!!

I’m Hungry!!!!

Juvenile American Robin. Photo © Kristen Stombaugh. “CHIRP! . . . CHIRP!”What kind of bird sounds like that? I wondered.I was in waist-high grass a couple of yards from an electric fence when I...

Rock Wren Record

Rock Wren Record

Rock Wren. Photo © Zack Abbey / CC-BY-4.0. The parking lot was full. People milled around, all carrying binoculars, spotting scopes, or cameras. We found another parking area nearby, grabbed our...

To Hear a Kentucky

To Hear a Kentucky

By mid-June most of our warblers are feeding young, quietly flitting about gathering food. Except for early in the day, their songs are few and far between.The second week of June, a customer...

Spring Brings the Birds

Spring Brings the Birds

Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Photo © Josephine Dyck. Melodious notes herald the coming of spring at my home in western Texas. Doves, grackles, meadowlarks, Curve-billed Thrashers, mockingbirds, and...

Meeting Mrs. Nightjar

Meeting Mrs. Nightjar

Photos © Clement Martin. Africa’s sun poured all its fury on my head, bleaching my hair whiter still. My three Ugandan friends, my two younger brothers, and I were walking home from church on a...

Spring in the North

Spring in the North

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo © Lois Tschetter. Spring is returning to the North. We know because it’s April—late April, in fact. But the scene out the window doesn’t support the spring-is-coming...

The American Bittern

The American Bittern

American Bittern. Photo © Shalom Shirk. Climbing off some logs in our pond, I didn’t expect the pleasant surprise God had in store for me.Wait! What was that?! A female Mallard? The bird was sitting...

Our Hoary Redpoll Pursuits

Our Hoary Redpoll Pursuits

Hoary Redpoll. Photo © Simonas Minkevius/Dreamstime.com. Two years ago, the winter brought some unusual birds to us from the North country. One of these was a Hoary Redpoll. It was coming to another...

Winter Warbler Wonder

Winter Warbler Wonder

MacGillivray's Warbler. Photo © Cheryl Shank. I reread the checklist comments: “Potential MacGillivray’s or COWA/MOWA…Found and photographed better the next day. Confirmed MacGillivray’s.” The words...

Honk! Quack!

Honk! Quack!

Snow Geese flying. Photo © Matt Anderson/Dreamstime.com. One sunny day we decided to go to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. After driving a ways, we stopped and watched an assortment of ducks...