Category Archives: ecology

Key ears

It is a pretty iconic (and common) sound around Charlotte.  The keeyeeer of the Red-shouldered Hawk, that is.   There is a pair that has been really active in my neighborhood this year.  Red-shouldered Hawks are one of the birds … Continue reading

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Get out of my yard, you pesky kids!

And so it’s begun.  A few nice warm days around here and the bird activity changes really dramatically.  I was running through the neighborhood this morning and there was quite a ruckus happening in the yards of a few people. … Continue reading

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Late night sprints

Oh you don’t know how hard it is to resist the allure of reinvigorating a powerful internet meme!  You’ll see why soon enough… Last night I gave a little talk on birds down in South Carolina.  I was driving back … Continue reading

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Here’s to you, American Robin(son)…

Ok, that title is pushing it a little bit.  It’s been a long day and the Simon & Garfunkel reference made me smile.  But the robins have been on my mind of late.  Last week, a bunch of people asked … Continue reading

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A crown of gold

If you’ve watched (or read) any of “Game of Thrones”, then you’ve got a pretty good image of that crown of gold.  There is, however, a little crowned bird that’s flying around here without any of the pain of Viserys … Continue reading

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A bit of death in the morning makes for a good meal

Over the holidays, I was visiting Virginia and while out running with my sister, came upon a lovely smell.  Well, actually, before we smelled anything, we saw the vultures.  Right on the side of the road was a group of … Continue reading

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Birding with microscopes…?

While normally I spend my time looking at big animals, there is a whole world of other things out there.  Last month, I was playing around with some water samples from Little Sugar Creek, just trying to see what was … Continue reading

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