Wingnut: Talk about the birds, ask questions

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Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tags: birds, Star Tribune

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What if chickens were wild birds? on Sep 2, 2009 in Bird identification, Thought of the dayYes, this is a barnyard chicken. It’s a bird, though, whether or not we think of it in the same terms as warblers and raptors. And it’s a beautiful bird. I’m partial to chickens. The chicken display at the state fair is a can’...



Great Lakes Nature Guide on Sep 1, 2009 in Bird booksOn a nature hike or a picnic or a weekend at the cabin it’s hard to have at hand all of the books you would need to answer questions about the more usual living things you might see. If I stack up my favorite bird, mammal, herp, flower, and tree gu...



Major source of NA bird information on Aug 31, 2009 in Bird biology, Bird books, Bird records, Bird websitesThe most complete and accessible bird-information resource for North American bird species is now available to anyone with a Hennepin County Library card. Card-holders can access the wealth of life-history information, along with photos and sound rec...



Mute Swans on Aug 26, 2009 in Bird biology, Bird conservation, Bird interactionsFeral Mute Swans are collectors’ items for Minnesota birders, but birds of a different feather in Michigan. My wife and I rode the ferry today that travels across Lake Michigan between Muskegon, Michigan, and Milwaukee. We saw about four dozen...



Best kind of birding on Aug 25, 2009 in Bird identification, Bird travel, Go places to go birdingMy all-time favorite kind of birding is done on boats on oceans. I’ve taken several trips off the California coasts, but until a couple of days ago only one Atlantic trip, that out of North Carolina. Pelagic birding cannot match whale-watching...



Musings on the end of the story on Aug 23, 2009 in Bird conservation, Birds and politicsJohn Tierney wrote in a recent edition of “The New York Times” (science section) about climate change, and the fat chance we have of a sincere political solution. He is not optimistic. Me neither. There is no political will to bite hard o...