Birds

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Box? Did you say box? The large owl was sitting on a branch, silhouetted against a gorgeous sunset of orange and reds. The branch he was on, the trunk he was beside, were flawless—splendid props for...

Covers, October 2022

Covers, October 2022

Long-eared Owl. Photo © Matt Amstutz. Bull elk in Grand Teton National Park. Photo © Jason Yoder.

H’owl You Get Rich?

H’owl You Get Rich?

Long-eared Owl. Photo © Matt Amstutz. Brrr. My arms trembled. My hands shook. I strained to steady the lens in the -10° C (14° F) chill. But was it the cold making me shiver? Or was something like...

Big Day Birding

Big Day Birding

Canada Warbler. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. On May 13, 2022, my brother and I, along with five others, joined my grandfather on a big day birding trip. My grandfather, Andrew Troyer, keeps an annual big...

Spoonbills in Pennsylvania

Spoonbills in Pennsylvania

Roseate Spoonbill. Photo © Darren Shank. “Did you see this!?” Dad asked Mom when he got home from work and glanced at the newspaper.“Yeah, let’s go see them,” she replied.“Rare Roseate Spoonbills...

Whooping Crane Wonders

Whooping Crane Wonders

Whooping Crane. Photo © Dreamstime.com. Dawn broke clear and cold on a gorgeous autumn day. The date was October 27, 2021, and it would be a day to remember. My siblings, my mom, and I drove 1½...

Migrating Marvels

Migrating Marvels

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Photo © Dreamstime.com. I shivered as the damp wind whistled through my shirt, and I stared unbelievingly through my binoculars at the bird resting on the branch in front...