10000 Birds – The Brightest Bird at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

A light rain had begin to fall on the valley between steep slopes that held the headquarters of HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Patches of blue sky winked at me from behind the mountain peaks, raindrops occasionally obscuring my vision as I glanced upwards. At the edge of the Oregon Cascades, rain is expected, and the researchers…

Daily Birding at Destin’s Norriego Point

If you’re like me, searching for new birding locations is like a drug: exciting, energizing, and addicting. But, as I’ve written before, there are deep rewards when birding a location frequently. Good thing, because I have birded Norriego Point for nearly 50 days straight, and will continue to do so with few exceptions until the middle…

10000 Birds – Brown-headed Nuthatches Attack Car Windows

When I arrived at the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance office in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, a high-tempo, tap-tap-tapping immediately arrested my attention. Surrounded by pine forest in general, the pavement is bordered by a handful of shorter, swaying palm trees. Echoing squeaks sounded from beneath their shade, and as I watched, a diminutive bird launched himself from the safety of…