This past weekend we visited a newly opened preserve in DeKalb County, Illinois called “Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve”. Immediately we were impressed by the variety of habitat which included some wetlands, large stately oaks, and some restored prairie/savanna. There is also a fairly large, older forest that is far removed from the road. The preserve
National Geographic Bird-watcher’s Bible: A Complete Treasury is the sort of book that could turn just about anyone into a fan of birds. A quick flip through the pages and everything that is great about National Geographic jumps out at you. Filled with jaw-dropping visuals—photographs, illustrations, and artwork—the Bird-watcher’s Bible covers a wide range of
Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides) covers all 144 species of birds in the family Cuculidae. This includes not only those with “cuckoo” in their name but also the malkohas, couas, coucals, roadrunners, anis, and others. The U.S. has six somewhat common cuckoos: Black-billed, Yellow-billed, and Mangrove Cuckoos, Groove-billed and Smooth-billed Anis and Greater
The Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia (Princeton Field Guides) covers a region of the world I am entirely unfamiliar with but is full of islands: meaning full of endemic birds! The islands that make up Melanesia (a region in the southwest Pacific, east of New Guinea) include: Bismarcks (New Britain, New
Here are a couple shots of a female Black-throated Blue Warbler I found back in September. Quite a bit different from the male! This one was taken a few years ago in May.
It is often that birders go out into the field in search of birds and end up distracted greatly by all the other wonderful living creatures they come across. You could carry a bookshelf worth of field guides in your backpack but who wants that burden? The Kaufmans, Kenn and Kimberly, did a superb job
After a few weeks of work I am happy to announce the launching of the Birdfreak Book Review Library! As of launching, the database includes 95 titles, all with links to reviews previously posted on the blog as well as links to purchase through Amazon Affiliate links. Currently you can sort by book title or
Last weekend I went on a fairly long hike but didn’t discover too many birds. Loads of Eastern Bluebirds and this female Scarlet Tanager that tried to blend in with the foliage. I haven’t been out birding much lately as construction on our house began and we have been super busy with that! -Eddie (Birdfreak)