Join contributor Ed Hutchings as he explores the wilds of New York State and uncovers some of our favorite nooks


Male American Redstart

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Greater Prairie Chicken on lek

The displays and “dances” performed by some grouse and prairie-chickens in North America are unique – and Colorado is the best place to see them.

Birding Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware

Red Knot at Bombay Hook NWR /USFWS

Bombay Hook is a key rest stop on the Delaware Bay for thousands of migrating shorebirds every spring and fall, as they fly north to their breeding grounds and return south again. At low tide, they feed by the thousands on the salt marsh mudflats and in freshwater impoundments. Common species include Semipalmated Sandpipers, Dunlin… Read more »

Spring Hawk-watching: Best of the U.S.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Many birders don’t realize that prime hawk-watching sites span the length and breadth of the country from frigid Alaska to the tropical reaches of Texas and Florida.

Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio

Sandhill Crane at Ottawa NWR /USFWS

In late April through late May, Ottawa Refuge may host as many as 38 different species of warbler, with rare but exciting visits by the endangered Kirtland's Warbler – making this area known as the ‘warbler capital of the world.’

American Dipper by Harry Fuller

Expert guide Harry Fuller provides pointers for anyone about to go birdwatching in the Pacific Coast states of California, Oregon, Washington.

Everywhere we looked, adult Northern Gannets were engaged in bonding ceremonies with their mates, making spectacular plunges into the ocean for herring, mackerel and capelin, and regurgitating partially digested fish for their young.

Adirondack Birding Festival (New York)


June is birding month in the Adirondacks. And the annual Hamilton County Birding Festival kicks off in mid June to celebrate the more than 100 special breeders in the park.  Held at special habitats near the towns of Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Piseco and Morehouse, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Inlet… Read more »