Hawks, Eagles, & Kites

My Half-hour Hike…

My Half-hour Hike…

Henslow's Sparrow. Photo © Dreamstime.com. I was in a hurry because I wanted to go on a hike before dinner, and I had only half an hour of free time. I could not expect to see much of anything in...

“Our Kingfisher?”

“Our Kingfisher?”

It was the beginning of warmer weather, when the changing day length tells birds to begin their migration back north.This is a time that my family looks forward to, not only because we enjoy the...

Wild Bird Art Contest Youth Winners

Wild Bird Art Contest Youth Winners

First Place Winner Osprey. Artwork © Dawn Burkholder, 16. Second Place Winner Broad-billed Hummingbirds at cardinal flower. Artwork © Mark Brueggemann, 14. Third Place Winner Ruby-throated...

My Day With the Birds

My Day With the Birds

Red-tailed Hawk. Photo © Julian Kreider. When I was looking through the September Nature Friend, I saw the Birding with Friends Contest. I thought it would be interesting to try. I decided to make...

Our Birding Circle

Our Birding Circle

As I went about my morning work on November 17, the lovely day beckoned me outdoors. Why not do the Nature Friend bird circle project today? The thought niggled at the back of my mind. Why not? So...

Birding Bonanza

Birding Bonanza

Sharp-shinned Hawk. Photo © Kevin Shank. Slowly I walked down beside the row of trees—binoculars, field guide, pen, and paper in my hand, drinking in the beauty of the predawn morning. A killdeer...

Eagle Encounter

Eagle Encounter

Bald Eagle approaching nest. Photo © Kevin Shank. On May 24, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, my dad, my brothers, and I headed off on an excursion. After hearing about a Bald Eagle nest about fifteen...

Shivering for Birds

Shivering for Birds

Sharp-shinned Hawk, © Joseph WhetstoneHairy Woodpecker, © Joseph WhetstoneBald Eagle, © Janet Whetstone “Oh! Look at those Cedar Waxwings!” Joseph exclaimed. Less than ten minutes into our bird...

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Photo ©Kevin Shank The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains will likely be ablaze in peak fall foliage color the second or third weekend.October is the peak migration time for hawks,...