Spring is time for things to renew. Life shakes off the frost and begins anew. I think its time we shake off the winter and start anew here at NerdBirders as well. We have a new look. We are adding new things every day. Today, we wish to bring back the Bird of the Week. Starting today we will post a new bird each week. Feel free to make suggestions or just enjoy! I hope to see you all around more often. Without further ado, let me introduce you to this week’s Bird of the Week… The Yellow-rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata, also nicknamed the butter butt bird. How cute is that? Perfect for this woodland beauty. It is a hardy species in the passerine family–which [&hellip

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Here are some songs about owls. =) All worth a listen. This first one has an interesting video as well… The Crow, The Owl and the Dove by Nightwish This one is really great but I could NOT find it anywhere to buy. I just found this great guy singing it on youtube. It is a cover but it is nice. =) The Owl and I by Hank Snow (sung here by Keith Kimmey Sr.) The Story of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles by Jethro Tull A Passion Play by Jethro Tull (This one is long!) Samain Night by Loreena McKennitt   And more songs with owls or about owls… Owl by Johnny Bregar Night Owl by Gerry Rafferty Night Owls by Little River [&hellip

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I found a site full of links for bird related fun. They explain what Bird Day (May 4) is and how it came about and give lots of activities for kids (and adults) to do. Bird coloring pages, bird poems, bird reading, bird short stories and bird puzzles. Super fun, right? =) Here is a poem from there: A Broken Wing author unknown In front of my pew sits a maiden – A little brown wing in her hat, With its touches of tropical azure, And the sheen of the sun upon that. Through the colored pane shines a glory, By which the vast shadows are stirred, But I pine for the spirit and splendor, That painted the wing of that bird. The organ rolls [&hellip

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I read about the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge and saw that it was not too far from me and so… I planned a morning birding exploration trip with my birding buddy, Elizabeth. Let me start by sharing what the official website says about the refuge, A Protected Estuary The Nisqually River Delta, a biologically rich and diverse area at the southern end of Puget Sound, supports a variety of habitats.  Here, the freshwater of the Nisqually River combines with the saltwater of Puget Sound to form an estuary rich in nutrients and detritus.  These nutrients support a web of sea life – the benefits of which extend throughout Puget Sound and beyond. While most major estuaries in the state have been filled, dredged, or developed, Nisqually [&hellip

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I have recently learned to play chess and I love it! It is so much fun. So, what did I set out to find? A bird chess set and this is what I found… What bird-loving chess player couldn’t swoon at this lovely work of art? The individual pieces are well-crafted and beautiful. The King and Queen are penguins, the bishops are pelicans, the knights are seagulls, the rooks are hatchlings just breaking through their eggs and last but not least, the pawns are all adorable little puffins (one of my very favorite sea birds!). This is going on my birthday wishlist for certain! You can get this Sea Bird Chess Set here

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For all you nerd birders out there here is your chance to sign up for some fantastic bird-related camps (FOR ADULTS!) How fun? What better way to spend some time than to learn about your favorite birds, help with their conservation and hobnob with the best avian researchers in the world? Sign up for one of the Audubon’s Ornithology camps. Find more information here. They have many to choose from…here is a video for Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine

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