Birds

Let’s Bring Them Over!

Let’s Bring Them Over!

It all seemed so noble, and Nicholas Pike decided to do it. Why not, when America was swarming with green canker worms, gregarious grubs, and multiple pests? In his mind’s eye, he saw the House...

Spunky Owl

Spunky Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl. Photo © Allen Shank. Midnight on a spring night, only a sliver of moon overhead, the forest is dark. A small bird of prey, a Northern Saw-whet Owl, perches on a tree limb,...

Study Guide Puzzles, February 2024

Study Guide Puzzles, February 2024

I was deep in the forest, hiking with a friend and my camera. In the snow were the tracks of a bobcat. I was delighted. Bobcats are such beautiful animals, and I wished to see one. They are so...

Focus Illustrated, February 2024

Focus Illustrated, February 2024

I was intrigued by this Northern Pygmy Owl photo as soon as I saw it. What a splendid photo opportunity Josiah had. My fingers itched, though, to do a few tweaks, some of which we have touched on in...

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...

Eagle Escapades

Eagle Escapades

Immature Bald Eagle eating a salmon. Photo © cgering|iStock.com. One cold, sparkling winter morning I carefully sneaked over to the bay window so as not to scare the many birds at the feeders. All...

Favorite Focus, January 2024

Favorite Focus, January 2024

Nebraska sunset. Photo © David Miller. Last quarter moon. Photo © Britney Martin. Black-capped Chickadee. Photo © John Leck. Horned Lark. Photo © Weston Martin. Photo © Josiah...