Moustached Antpitta

Life Listing


Depending on your taxonomic viewpoint, there are 10,404 (Clements) or 10,534 (IOC) living bird species recognized. No one human has seen them all. Many have tried. Most birders have life lists. A simple list of birds you’ve seen. But the really intense life listers try to see every bird on the planet. Hard core life listing…

Greater Rhea, Pantanal, Brazil

Let’s Get Rheal


Among the terrific birds WC was privileged to see on a recent to trip to Brazil was the Western Hemisphere’s biggest bird, the Greater Rhea. WC has written about the Greater Rhea before, but a bird this extraordinary deserves additional attention. The Greater Rhea isn’t a Big Bird; it’s a huge bird. They weight 45-60 pounds,…

Sharp-tailed Grouse, Farmer's Loop Road

A Modest Irruption


An irruption is a dramatic, irregular migration of large numbers of birds to areas where they aren’t typically found, possibly at a great distance from their normal ranges. Perhaps the best known irruptions are the irregular appearances of Snowy Owls in the northerly parts of the midwest. Typically, a irruption of birds involves a failure of a…

Wild Turkey Flock, Florida 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone


The Wild Turkey, as opposed to its inbred, domesticated cousin, is a handsome, canny bird. No one would call them beautiful, but they are impressive. If your Thanksgiving involves a turkey, keep its wild relative in mind as a favor to WC. And enjoy your holiday. Readers who want something more substantive are invited to…