Over the past few weeks we participated in two area Christmas Bird Counts, one being the long-running Rockford CBC and the other a newer count along a favorite river corridor, the Kishwaukee. Both were enjoyable but not as birdy as we had hoped. The Rockford count would have been perfect for digiscoping except snow depth
Sunday, December 14th, was our first Christmas Bird Count (CBC) of the winter. The Rock Cut State Park CBC [count code ILRC] is a brand new count, covering Rock Cut State Park and much of Boone County Illinois. The Birdfreak Team is completely in charge of creating, organizing and compiling this new count. Groups were
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The Rare Birds Yearbook 2009 is out and it is terrible. Terrible in the fact that such a book needs to exist. Terrible that the world’s 190 most threatened birds face potential extinction. Thankfully, that is where the terribleness ends and some hope arrives. Much like the 2008 version (Rare Birds Yearbook 2008: The World’s
Baby it’s cold outside!
Merry Christmas to all including our feathered and furred friends!
Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly was written by naturalist and wildlife biologist Carrol Henderson. Mr. Henderson lives in Minnesota but has led birding trips across the globe. He is an amazing photographer and some of his work is showcased in this book, along with other illustrators and photographers. Birds
Charles Darwin has always intrigued us, especially his work on the Galapagos Islands and the finches that would become known as Darwin’s Finches. In the wonderful book, How and Why Species Multiply: The Radiation of Darwin’s Finches (Princeton Series in Evolutionary Biology), Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant provide a thorough account of their