Bryan's Posts About Birds

Insects in Vermont Today – Naked in Norway on Wednesday

Tune in at noon today (Tuesday) for insects, and meet me and Ruth Wednesday for wildlife above the Arctic Circle.

Crap or Moth?

Droppings from nature.

The Other Fireworks

Bursts of color and flight from the wilds of Maine and here in Montpelier, Vermont.

Into the Wild (and Away from the Screen)

I now get to go outside and play — er, I mean work. My field season, as a consulting biologist and educator, launches like migrating warblers this week, which means you’ll find me less often here on the blog.

Ghosts and Tiny Treasures — My Essay for Aeon

Ten years ago, I walked into the swamps of Arkansas to find a ghost — and perhaps some redemption for wildlife … and for us.

Spring Creepers

Pity the brown creeper. A prisoner of the forest, the creeper seems unable to escape the gravitational pull of the tree trunk on which it creeps, ever upward, gleaning insects, spiders, and their eggs along the way. Or might it, actually, fly free and far?

What’s This? No. 25

Ending yet another all-too-long hiatus, my What’s This? nature challenge is back. Name it and be eligible to win $5 off any of my nature outings or workshops.

“Mexicans” Across the Border

Here along the Rio Grande, wildlife knows no international borders. Here’s a damselfly, a butterfly and a bird with Mexican roots (and namesakes).

Life in Flight in the Rio Grande Valley

A sampling of life on the wing here in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Many of these butterflies, in profile, are no bigger than a nickle or so (but they are indeed priceless).

The Year in Flight

2015 is so almost over. It’s nearly history. So rather than offering you the predictable year-in-review, here’s 2016 in Preview — some of the life in flight that I expect to see in the new year. You might see it as well if you join me outside for a field trip or a seminar.

A Wren and a Revelation (and a Threaded Pipe)

From the canyon came a wren during the Gila River Christmas Bird count. But not just any wren. This is the wren of vertical walls, the wren of rocky dreams, the wren with a cascading serenade, here at my cabin in New Mexico.

Kinglet’s Greetings

A flash of red and green from New Mexico. Even on the shortest days of the year, male Ruby-crowned Kinglets now flash as they do during the breeding season. It’s as if flames were erupting from their head. My guess is that it’s about winter feeding turf.