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The Biggest Week in American Birding!
Once again, for my 5th year in a row, I will be blogging and leading field trips at The Biggest Week in American Birding!  Most of my blogging will be live updates during the festival, but I'm posting this to get you set for that. If you haven't attended th...

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Aurora Borealis!
Aurora to the left, city lights to the right  St Patrick's Day received a fantastic auroral display!  Some parts of the midwest had displays that were easily visible to the naked eye. Not so in my corner of the state, but at least my camera could pick up th...

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Twitching a wayward finch
Gray-crowned Rosy-finch ( Leucosticte tephrocotis).  This is a species that many birders make a special trip to see.  It's fairly common in high elevations of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska, but in the lower 48, it is restricted to only a few mountain peak...

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The Biggest Week in American Birding!
The Biggest Week in American Birding is coming up!!  May 6-16 this year! They delayed it a few days this year in hopes of catching a migrating Kirtland's Warbler. I'll be there. The warblers will be there. All your friends and everyone you know will be ther...

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Sunset in Sax-Zim Bog the other night. 
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Book Review: Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller
I just received this excellent book in the mail a few days ago and have taken some time to page through it. Lost Animals by Errol Fuller takes a reminiscent, often evocative approach to telling the tales of some of the most famous, as well as some of the mo...

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Backpacking Mexico and Belize: A slightly different tropical adventure, Pt 4: Birding Belize: Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Thousand-foot Falls It's January here in Wisconsin and I'm dreaming of birding in tropical America. Since I can't get there right now, I'll relate a story of birding there instead. Dec 2012: I'm in the midst of a trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and we're...

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The Southwest Wisconsin Birder
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