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    Boat trip into Mobile-Tensaw Delta is magical

    Boat trip into Mobile-Tensaw Delta is magical

    Sunday, November 5 2017 9:34 AM EST2017-11-05 14:34:07 GMT
    A Bald Eagle soaring over the delta (Photo Ken Hare)A Bald Eagle soaring over the delta (Photo Ken Hare)

    To truly grasp the importance of protecting the Mobile-Tensaw Delta , I recommend a boat trip into the heart of "Alabama's Amazon."

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    To truly grasp the importance of protecting the Mobile-Tensaw Delta , I recommend a boat trip into the heart of "Alabama's Amazon."

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    Australian native now Alabama shorebird expert

    Australian native now Alabama shorebird expert

    Monday, October 30 2017 6:05 AM EDT2017-10-30 10:05:33 GMT
    Field trip leader Andrew Haffenden points out a warbler at the Fort Morgan stables area. (Photo Ken Hare).jpgField trip leader Andrew Haffenden points out a warbler at the Fort Morgan stables area. (Photo Ken Hare).jpg

    NA Andrew Natural Alabama 10-27-17 Australian native now Alabama shorebird expert By Ken Hare Advice to new birders from anywhere: Get to know good birders, and go with them on trips into the field to see birds whenever you can. It is one of the best ways I know to learn about birds and birding. Advice to new birders who bird (or want to bird) on the Alabama coast: Get to know Andrew Haffenden, and go with him into the field every chance you get.  It is one of the best ways ...

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    NA Andrew Natural Alabama 10-27-17 Australian native now Alabama shorebird expert By Ken Hare Advice to new birders from anywhere: Get to know good birders, and go with them on trips into the field to see birds whenever you can. It is one of the best ways I know to learn about birds and birding. Advice to new birders who bird (or want to bird) on the Alabama coast: Get to know Andrew Haffenden, and go with him into the field every chance you get.  It is one of the best ways ...

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    Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan deliver great birds

    Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan deliver great birds

    Saturday, October 21 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-10-21 13:50:02 GMT
    Greater Yellowlegs (Photo Ken Hare).jpgGreater Yellowlegs (Photo Ken Hare).jpg

    Among the highlights of the year for many Alabama birders are the fall and spring meetings of the Alabama Ornithological Society on Dauphin Island. The fall meeting earlier this month did not disappoint, despite part of the island remaining off limits because of lingering damage from Hurricane Nate.

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    Among the highlights of the year for many Alabama birders are the fall and spring meetings of the Alabama Ornithological Society on Dauphin Island. The fall meeting earlier this month did not disappoint, despite part of the island remaining off limits because of lingering damage from Hurricane Nate.

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    Hurricane pushes new and threatened species into state

    Hurricane pushes new and threatened species into state

    Sunday, October 8 2017 5:56 AM EDT2017-10-08 09:56:44 GMT
    Black-Capped Petrel_ a threatened species new to Alabama (Photo Alabama Wildlife Center).jpgBlack-Capped Petrel_ a threatened species new to Alabama (Photo Alabama Wildlife Center).jpg

    Hurricanes are not just tough on people; they're also tough on wildlife, especially birds. But when Hurricane Irma pushed several of species of birds that are normally found at sea far inland into Alabama, one of them was a rare species never before recorded in the state.

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    Hurricanes are not just tough on people; they're also tough on wildlife, especially birds. But when Hurricane Irma pushed several of species of birds that are normally found at sea far inland into Alabama, one of them was a rare species never before recorded in the state.

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    Bison and bears draw us back to Yellowstone

    Bison and bears draw us back to Yellowstone

    Monday, October 2 2017 7:45 AM EDT2017-10-02 11:45:50 GMT
    Bison feeding beside the Yellowstone River. (Photo Ken Hare).jpgBison feeding beside the Yellowstone River. (Photo Ken Hare).jpg

    This trip we were able to see a large grizzly feeding on a bison carcass; we watched through my spotting scope from about 100 yards -- as close as I want to get to a grizzly, especially one feeding.

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    This trip we were able to see a large grizzly feeding on a bison carcass; we watched through my spotting scope from about 100 yards -- as close as I want to get to a grizzly, especially one feeding.

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    Wild horses couldn't keep us from North Dakota

    Wild horses couldn't keep us from North Dakota

    Monday, September 25 2017 7:24 AM EDT2017-09-25 11:24:22 GMT
    Wild horses at Teddy Roosevelt National Park (Photo Ken Hare).JPGWild horses at Teddy Roosevelt National Park (Photo Ken Hare).JPG

    Wow, Americans are blessed to live in a beautiful nation, and there is no better way to see it than an old-fashioned driving vacation.

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    Wow, Americans are blessed to live in a beautiful nation, and there is no better way to see it than an old-fashioned driving vacation.

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    Irma and migration spur bird sightings in Alabama

    Irma and migration spur bird sightings in Alabama

    Monday, September 18 2017 6:57 AM EDT2017-09-18 10:57:38 GMT
    Male and female Wood Ducks (Photo Ken Hare).jpgMale and female Wood Ducks (Photo Ken Hare).jpg

    While the long-term effects of hurricanes on birds is not fully understood, ornithologists do understand that many species normally seen mostly at sea are caught up in the hurricane winds and distributed widely outside their normal ranges.

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    While the long-term effects of hurricanes on birds is not fully understood, ornithologists do understand that many species normally seen mostly at sea are caught up in the hurricane winds and distributed widely outside their normal ranges.

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    Birding groups great for new and experienced birders

    Birding groups great for new and experienced birders

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 9:36 AM EDT2017-08-30 13:36:32 GMT
    Oyster Catcher at Dauphin Island_ a regular sighting for Alabama Ornithological Society field trips.(Photo Ken Hare).jpgOyster Catcher at Dauphin Island_ a regular sighting for Alabama Ornithological Society field trips.(Photo Ken Hare).jpg

    The August birding doldrums are almost over and soon Alabama birders will have a host of migratory species passing through or wintering in the state to whet their interests. In fact, there already are regular sightings of shorebirds and scattered reports of migrant warblers showing up on eBird reports from around the state. 

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    The August birding doldrums are almost over and soon Alabama birders will have a host of migratory species passing through or wintering in the state to whet their interests. In fact, there already are regular sightings of shorebirds and scattered reports of migrant warblers showing up on eBird reports from around the state. 

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    Eclipse could be spectacular and dangerous

    Eclipse could be spectacular and dangerous

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:42 AM EDT2017-08-21 09:42:16 GMT

    On Monday, Alabamians won't have a front-row seat to the Great American Eclipse 

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    On Monday, Alabamians won't have a front-row seat to the Great American Eclipse 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: No need to leave AL to see Wood Storks

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: No need to leave AL to see Wood Storks

    Monday, August 14 2017 6:06 AM EDT2017-08-14 10:06:37 GMT
    A Wood Stork in Hale County holds its lunch (Photo Ken Hare) (1).jpgA Wood Stork in Hale County holds its lunch (Photo Ken Hare) (1).jpg

    The daily newspaper in Alabama's state capital carried a headline last week that was sure to catch the attention of birders: "Birders can view rare stork near Baton Rouge." The article by The Associated Press highlighted a viewing event sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife Agency that featured the Wood Stork, one of the South's more unusual birds.

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    The daily newspaper in Alabama's state capital carried a headline last week that was sure to catch the attention of birders: "Birders can view rare stork near Baton Rouge." The article by The Associated Press highlighted a viewing event sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife Agency that featured the Wood Stork, one of the South's more unusual birds.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Kites, the bird kind, fly over Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Kites, the bird kind, fly over Alabama

    Monday, August 7 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-08-07 10:00:09 GMT

    Late July and early August is usually a relatively slow time for birding in Alabama.

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    Late July and early August is usually a relatively slow time for birding in Alabama.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Stunning Painted Bunting almost seems unreal

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Stunning Painted Bunting almost seems unreal

    Monday, July 24 2017 1:43 PM EDT2017-07-24 17:43:25 GMT
    Painted Bunting on Dauphin Island (Photo by Ken Hare)(1) jpgPainted Bunting on Dauphin Island (Photo by Ken Hare)(1) jpg

    When I've shown the handful of photographs I have of male Painted Buntings to friends and family members who aren't into birding, a common question is, "Is that real?" It's a natural response: The mix of bright blue, red, green and yellow on the male Painted Bunting looks more like how my granddaughter would color a bird in her coloring book than real life.

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    When I've shown the handful of photographs I have of male Painted Buntings to friends and family members who aren't into birding, a common question is, "Is that real?" It's a natural response: The mix of bright blue, red, green and yellow on the male Painted Bunting looks more like how my granddaughter would color a bird in her coloring book than real life.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birders should buy federal Duck Stamps

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birders should buy federal Duck Stamps

    Saturday, July 15 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-07-16 02:51:12 GMT
    Current federal Duck Stamp, three Canada Geese (Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)Current federal Duck Stamp, three Canada Geese (Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

    Birders are not required to buy Federal Duck Stamps, but duck hunters have to do so if they want to legally hunt waterfowl. But there are many reasons that bird watchers or anyone interested in protecting natural habitats should strongly consider buying a duck stamp, too.

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    Birders are not required to buy Federal Duck Stamps, but duck hunters have to do so if they want to legally hunt waterfowl. But there are many reasons that bird watchers or anyone interested in protecting natural habitats should strongly consider buying a duck stamp, too.

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    Birmingham Audubon field trips great way to learn

    Birmingham Audubon field trips great way to learn

    Monday, July 3 2017 5:54 AM EDT2017-07-03 09:54:30 GMT
    A Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher pursues an insect. (Photo Ken Hare).jpgA Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher pursues an insect. (Photo Ken Hare).jpg

    For those interested in learning about birds and birding, there is no better way than to join field trips led by knowledgeable birders. I took part in one last week that was sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, and the birds we saw were phenomenal.

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    For those interested in learning about birds and birding, there is no better way than to join field trips led by knowledgeable birders. I took part in one last week that was sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, and the birds we saw were phenomenal.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Summer brings beautiful, rare spoonbills to Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Summer brings beautiful, rare spoonbills to Alabama

    Monday, June 26 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-06-26 14:55:18 GMT
    Four Roseate Spoonbills (look carefully) South Montgomery County (Photo Ken Hare)Four Roseate Spoonbills (look carefully) South Montgomery County (Photo Ken Hare)

    Montgomery County has had some beautiful visitors during the past week. I saw at least five, and possibly six, Roseate Spoonbills in South Montgomery County.

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    Montgomery County has had some beautiful visitors during the past week. I saw at least five, and possibly six, Roseate Spoonbills in South Montgomery County.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Public fishing lakes also good spots to see birds

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Public fishing lakes also good spots to see birds

    Monday, June 19 2017 7:52 AM EDT2017-06-19 11:52:14 GMT
    American Goldfinch-Lamar County Public Lake. (Photo Ken Hare).American Goldfinch-Lamar County Public Lake. (Photo Ken Hare).

    Alabamians interested in birding -- or just enjoying nature -- have a great resource in the Alabama Birding Trails System, a collection of 270 birding sites around the state that are accessible to the public.

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    Alabamians interested in birding -- or just enjoying nature -- have a great resource in the Alabama Birding Trails System, a collection of 270 birding sites around the state that are accessible to the public.

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    Family trips can include birding, too

    Family trips can include birding, too

    Saturday, June 3 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-06-03 20:50:39 GMT
    Roseate Spoonbill in Baldwin Count. (Photo Ken Hare)Roseate Spoonbill in Baldwin Count. (Photo Ken Hare)

    Birding at the Grand can be, well, grand. Sometimes good birding can happen even when it's not your primary purpose.

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    Birding at the Grand can be, well, grand. Sometimes good birding can happen even when it's not your primary purpose.

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    Bird Blitz finds good birding in Fayette County

    Bird Blitz finds good birding in Fayette County

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:43 PM EDT2017-05-27 17:43:17 GMT
    A Green Heron stalks its prey in Fayette County. (Photo Ken Hare)A Green Heron stalks its prey in Fayette County. (Photo Ken Hare)

    No one has ever mistaken Fayette County as a Mecca for birding. In fact, relatively few birders ever have filed online eBird reports on the birds they have identified there. But a day trip there earlier this month by myself and three of the state's better birders -- note that I did not include myself in that description -- found that Fayette County is far from being a birding desert.

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    No one has ever mistaken Fayette County as a Mecca for birding. In fact, relatively few birders ever have filed online eBird reports on the birds they have identified there. But a day trip there earlier this month by myself and three of the state's better birders -- note that I did not include myself in that description -- found that Fayette County is far from being a birding desert.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birding road trips are also about freedom

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birding road trips are also about freedom

    Saturday, May 20 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-05-20 18:30:36 GMT
    Purple Gallinule in Geneva County. (Source: Ken Hare)Purple Gallinule in Geneva County. (Source: Ken Hare)

    I love road trips. There is something soul-satisfying about jumping into a car and heading out with only a general idea of where you're going and what you're going to do.

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    I love road trips. There is something soul-satisfying about jumping into a car and heading out with only a general idea of where you're going and what you're going to do.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Sometimes weather good for birds, but not birding

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Sometimes weather good for birds, but not birding

    Saturday, May 6 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-05-06 15:45:34 GMT
    AOS members, never without their binoculars, at the Goat Trees in Dauphin Island. (Photo Ken Hare)AOS members, never without their binoculars, at the Goat Trees in Dauphin Island. (Photo Ken Hare)

    Sometimes, what's good for the birds might not be good for the birders. Each year, the Alabama Ornithological Society holds two of its three meetings on Dauphin Island specifically to try to be there when migrating birds are making stopovers during their spring and fall flights to and from wintering grounds in the Caribbean, South America and Central America. But when about 100 AOS members gathered for three days of field trips in April, there were far fewer migrants than are usuall...

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    Sometimes, what's good for the birds might not be good for the birders. Each year, the Alabama Ornithological Society holds two of its three meetings on Dauphin Island specifically to try to be there when migrating birds are making stopovers during their spring and fall flights to and from wintering grounds in the Caribbean, South America and Central America. But when about 100 AOS members gathered for three days of field trips in April, there were far fewer migrants than are usuall...

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: New bird banding project builds on years of research

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: New bird banding project builds on years of research

    Saturday, April 29 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-04-29 21:02:35 GMT
    Mist nets such as this one are used to harmlessly catch small birds such as this Common Yellowthroat Warbler. (Photo Ken Hare)Mist nets such as this one are used to harmlessly catch small birds such as this Common Yellowthroat Warbler. (Photo Ken Hare)

    For more than two decades starting in 1989, ornithologists captured and banded thousands of birds migrating through the Fort Morgan peninsula on Alabama's coastline. 

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    For more than two decades starting in 1989, ornithologists captured and banded thousands of birds migrating through the Fort Morgan peninsula on Alabama's coastline. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

    Friday, April 14 2017 10:22 PM EDT2017-04-15 02:22:35 GMT
    Red-Cockaded Woodpecker at Conecuh National Forest. (Photo Ken Hare)Red-Cockaded Woodpecker at Conecuh National Forest. (Photo Ken Hare)

    Alabama has eight species of woodpeckers that regularly reside in the state, and until a few weeks ago I had seen only seven of them.

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    Alabama has eight species of woodpeckers that regularly reside in the state, and until a few weeks ago I had seen only seven of them.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Island near Montgomery offers chance to bird a movie set

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Island near Montgomery offers chance to bird a movie set

    Saturday, April 8 2017 6:29 PM EDT2017-04-08 22:29:37 GMT
    A Great Blue Heron silhouetted against Jackson Lake in early evening (Photo Ken Hare)A Great Blue Heron silhouetted against Jackson Lake in early evening (Photo Ken Hare)

    One of my favorite local places to bird is an island off the Alabama River just north of Montgomery. Not only will you find lots of birds there, but you might also bump into a former congressman and mayor of Montgomery clearing brush. 

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    One of my favorite local places to bird is an island off the Alabama River just north of Montgomery. Not only will you find lots of birds there, but you might also bump into a former congressman and mayor of Montgomery clearing brush. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds return to Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds return to Alabama

    Saturday, April 1 2017 11:26 AM EDT2017-04-01 15:26:58 GMT
    Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at flower.Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at flower.

    If you haven't already, it's time to get your hummingbird feeders out. The Ruby Throats are back. 

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    If you haven't already, it's time to get your hummingbird feeders out. The Ruby Throats are back. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Cinnamon Teal puts spice in Alabama birding

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Cinnamon Teal puts spice in Alabama birding

    Friday, March 24 2017 9:55 PM EDT2017-03-25 01:55:50 GMT

    There are some birders who will drop everything and rush virtually anywhere for a chance to see a truly rare bird. But even relatively common birds are fun to find when they are somewhere they aren't supposed to be.

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    There are some birders who will drop everything and rush virtually anywhere for a chance to see a truly rare bird. But even relatively common birds are fun to find when they are somewhere they aren't supposed to be.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Torn throat pouch endangers beautiful White Pelican

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Torn throat pouch endangers beautiful White Pelican

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:35 PM EST2017-03-11 04:35:23 GMT
    Wriggling fish finds the hole in the pelican's throat pouch. (Photo: Ken Hare)Wriggling fish finds the hole in the pelican's throat pouch. (Photo: Ken Hare)

    The White Pelican is one of Alabama's most beautiful birds, and one of my favorites to attempt to photograph. 

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    The White Pelican is one of Alabama's most beautiful birds, and one of my favorites to attempt to photograph.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Bird species under-reported in many counties

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Bird species under-reported in many counties

    Friday, March 3 2017 12:38 PM EST2017-03-03 17:38:28 GMT
    A White Pelican flying below Walter F. George Dam. (Photo Ken Hare)A White Pelican flying below Walter F. George Dam. (Photo Ken Hare)

    Alabama is a wonderful place to bird, with a diverse number of species available for birders in virtually every season of the year. In the spring and fall, for example, Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan peninsula offer some of the best opportunities to see warblers and other migratory birds in all of North America.

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    Alabama is a wonderful place to bird, with a diverse number of species available for birders in virtually every season of the year. In the spring and fall, for example, Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan peninsula offer some of the best opportunities to see warblers and other migratory birds in all of North America.

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    Ken Hare Natural Alabama: That's a fine kettle of...vultures?

    Ken Hare Natural Alabama: That's a fine kettle of...vultures?

    Saturday, February 18 2017 9:49 AM EST2017-02-18 14:49:53 GMT

    Recently I posted a bird photo on Facebook and referred to a "kettle of Black Vultures" and several months ago referred in a column to a "raft of Snow Geese."

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    Recently I posted a bird photo on Facebook and referred to a "kettle of Black Vultures" and several months ago referred in a column to a "raft of Snow Geese."

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    Online birding tool 'eBird' helps birders help science

    Online birding tool 'eBird' helps birders help science

    Saturday, February 11 2017 1:05 PM EST2017-02-11 18:05:31 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    When the Alabama Ornithological Society met recently for its winter meeting at Lake Guntersville State Park, the focus was on the huge numbers of wintering ducks and geese to be seen at Lake Guntersville and nearby Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. 

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    When the Alabama Ornithological Society met recently for its winter meeting at Lake Guntersville State Park, the focus was on the huge numbers of wintering ducks and geese to be seen at Lake Guntersville and nearby Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: AL a good place for 'Day of the Raptor'

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: AL a good place for 'Day of the Raptor'

    Monday, January 30 2017 12:18 PM EST2017-01-30 17:18:48 GMT

    On a recent birding outing in Central Alabama, I should have stopped taking photos and switched to videos.  Then I could have edited them into a movie and called it "The Day of the Raptor."

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    On a recent birding outing in Central Alabama, I should have stopped taking photos and switched to videos.  Then I could have edited them into a movie and called it "The Day of the Raptor."

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Small Phoebe draws birders to Autauga County

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Small Phoebe draws birders to Autauga County

    Friday, January 20 2017 12:37 PM EST2017-01-20 17:37:16 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    The Say's Phoebe is a fairly common bird, one that is not particularly striking or dramatically different from other phoebe species. 

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    The Say's Phoebe is a fairly common bird, one that is not particularly striking or dramatically different from other phoebe species. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Top 10 birds helped make 2016 a great year

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Top 10 birds helped make 2016 a great year

    Monday, January 9 2017 6:06 AM EST2017-01-09 11:06:32 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    The past year was my first full year as a birder, and I can't let it pass without a look back. So here is a list, with photos, of my Top 10 birding experiences of 2016. 

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    The past year was my first full year as a birder, and I can't let it pass without a look back. So here is a list, with photos, of my Top 10 birding experiences of 2016. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Charity at Christmas should not end at home

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Charity at Christmas should not end at home

    Thursday, December 22 2016 5:16 PM EST2016-12-22 22:16:14 GMT

    It's the week of Christmas, and I'm in the mood once again to write about one of my favorite Christmas themes: Generosity.

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    It's the week of Christmas, and I'm in the mood once again to write about one of my favorite Christmas themes: Generosity.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Proper Bald Eagle etiquette key to growing populations

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Proper Bald Eagle etiquette key to growing populations

    Thursday, December 15 2016 12:34 PM EST2016-12-15 17:34:13 GMT

    It only has been a few decades since Bald Eagles were teetering on the brink of nonexistence in Alabama, but the national symbol has since made a strong return to the state.

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    It only has been a few decades since Bald Eagles were teetering on the brink of nonexistence in Alabama, but the national symbol has since made a strong return to the state.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Nature preserve in Auburn offers quiet in midst of bustle

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Nature preserve in Auburn offers quiet in midst of bustle

    Friday, December 9 2016 2:53 PM EST2016-12-09 19:53:06 GMT
    Purple Finch, male, Kreher nature center. (Photo Lew Scharpf)Purple Finch, male, Kreher nature center. (Photo Lew Scharpf)

    Whether you're huffing down a wooded trail on a brisk hike or sitting quietly in a forest glade watching Ruby- and Golden-Crowned Kinglets flitting from tree to tree, when you're visiting  the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center it's hard to imagine you are only five minutes from the bustle of the Auburn University campus.

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    Whether you're huffing down a wooded trail on a brisk hike or sitting quietly in a forest glade watching Ruby- and Golden-Crowned Kinglets flitting from tree to tree, when you're visiting  the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center it's hard to imagine you are only five minutes from the bustle of the Auburn University campus.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Christmas gifts for birders abound

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Christmas gifts for birders abound

    Friday, December 2 2016 3:26 PM EST2016-12-02 20:26:11 GMT

    Someone messaged me recently with a birding-related question that I, in retrospect, did not give enough thought before answering. She asked, "What's the best gift for a birder?"

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    Someone messaged me recently with a birding-related question that I, in retrospect, did not give enough thought before answering. She asked, "What's the best gift for a birder?"

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    Field trips great way to learn about birds

    Field trips great way to learn about birds

    Thursday, November 24 2016 6:04 PM EST2016-11-24 23:04:08 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    One of the attractions of birding as a hobby is that you can do it alone. Nothing beats the solitude and peace of a morning walk along a park path or sitting quietly on a bench on the edge of a lake waiting for the shorebirds or ducks to come to you. 

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    One of the attractions of birding as a hobby is that you can do it alone. Nothing beats the solitude and peace of a morning walk along a park path or sitting quietly on a bench on the edge of a lake waiting for the shorebirds or ducks to come to you. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Harming endangered Whooping Crane can prove costly

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Harming endangered Whooping Crane can prove costly

    Friday, November 18 2016 1:25 PM EST2016-11-18 18:25:17 GMT

    Each winter, Alabama is lucky to host a handful of wild Whooping Cranes, one of the most threatened birds in the nation. But as the species struggles to survive, with fewer than 500 birds still alive in the wild, uncaring humans with guns are proving to be a major hurdle for efforts to restore their numbers. 

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    Each winter, Alabama is lucky to host a handful of wild Whooping Cranes, one of the most threatened birds in the nation. But as the species struggles to survive, with fewer than 500 birds still alive in the wild, uncaring humans with guns are proving to be a major hurdle for efforts to restore their numbers. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Wildlife rehab center serious, and fun, place

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Wildlife rehab center serious, and fun, place

    Friday, November 4 2016 4:36 PM EDT2016-11-04 20:36:57 GMT
    Eastern Screech Owl (Source: Ken Hare)Eastern Screech Owl (Source: Ken Hare)

    This past weekend hundreds of children and parents descended upon the Alabama Wildlife Center for "Owl-O-Ween".

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    This past weekend hundreds of children and parents descended upon the Alabama Wildlife Center for "Owl-O-Ween". The Center does serious work, each year rehabilitating almost 2,000 injured or abandoned native Alabama birds . But while the staff and volunteers of the center take their work seriously, they also know how to have fun.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Atlantic hurricane may have pushed rare bird to Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Atlantic hurricane may have pushed rare bird to Alabama

    Friday, October 28 2016 12:00 PM EDT2016-10-28 16:00:54 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    When Hurricane Matthew's 90-mile-per-hour winds raked the coasts of Northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in early October, there is a chance they pushed a very rare visitor to the coast of Alabama.

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    When Hurricane Matthew's 90-mile-per-hour winds raked the coasts of Northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in early October, there is a chance they pushed a very rare visitor to the coast of Alabama.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Rare, unusual birds highlight Ornithological Society meeting

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Rare, unusual birds highlight Ornithological Society meeting

    Friday, October 21 2016 12:00 PM EDT2016-10-21 16:00:43 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    When the Alabama Ornithological Society met on the island last week, members fanned out either individually or on organized field trips across the island, around the Mobile-Tensaw Delta or along the Fort Morgan peninsula in search of birds. By the time the two-and-a-half day weekend was complete, the AOS members had recorded sightings of 162 species of birds.

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    When the Alabama Ornithological Society met on the island last week, members fanned out either individually or on organized field trips across the island, around the Mobile-Tensaw Delta or along the Fort Morgan peninsula in search of birds. By the time the two-and-a-half day weekend was complete, the AOS members had recorded sightings of 162 species of birds.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Natural Alabama needs Amendment 2 to pass

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Natural Alabama needs Amendment 2 to pass

    Saturday, October 8 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-10-08 21:30:33 GMT

    Alabama voters will have a chance in the November election to cast a vote for protecting the state's wonderful state parks system, and I strongly urge voters to do so. 

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    Alabama voters will have a chance in the November election to cast a vote for protecting the state's wonderful state parks system, and I strongly urge voters to do so. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Back from vacation as Alabama birding heats up

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Back from vacation as Alabama birding heats up

    Thursday, September 29 2016 3:42 PM EDT2016-09-29 19:42:52 GMT
    Two lights guard the harbor entrance at Grand Haven, Mich. (Source: Ken Hare)Two lights guard the harbor entrance at Grand Haven, Mich. (Source: Ken Hare)

    I'm back from a vacation that was full of lighthouses, scenic views, waterfalls, orchards, wineries, craft beer breweries, pie -- lots of pie -- and, yes, a few birds.

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    I'm back from a vacation that was full of lighthouses, scenic views, waterfalls, orchards, wineries, craft beer breweries, pie -- lots of pie -- and, yes, a few birds.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Lots to do for Alabama birders in the fall

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Lots to do for Alabama birders in the fall

    Friday, September 9 2016 11:27 AM EDT2016-09-09 15:27:42 GMT
    (Source: Janice Neitzel)(Source: Janice Neitzel)

    The fall months in Alabama are an exciting time for nature lovers and birders in Alabama, with  lots of birding field trips and festivals on tap to take advantage of songbirds and wading birds migrating through the state.

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    The fall months in Alabama are an exciting time for nature lovers and birders in Alabama, with  lots of birding field trips and festivals on tap to take advantage of songbirds and wading birds migrating through the state.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Wood Storks late summer visitors to AL

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Wood Storks late summer visitors to AL

    Thursday, August 25 2016 3:25 PM EDT2016-08-25 19:25:54 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 NEWS)(Source: WSFA 12 NEWS)

    Don't worry; they're not delivering babies. But the Wood Stork, the only species of stork that breeds and nests in the United States, is a regular visitor to Alabama in late summer.

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    Don't worry; they're not delivering babies. But the Wood Stork, the only species of stork that breeds and nests in the United States, is a regular visitor to Alabama in late summer.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: AL birders assist in deep-sea bird rescue

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: AL birders assist in deep-sea bird rescue

    Monday, August 15 2016 1:00 PM EDT2016-08-15 17:00:55 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare) Geoff the Least Bittern after arriving at the Environmental Studies Center in Mobile(Source: Ken Hare) Geoff the Least Bittern after arriving at the Environmental Studies Center in Mobile

    When a Least Bittern, the smallest member of the heron family, landed on the deck of an ocean-going pipe-laying vessel deep in the Gulf of Mexico this week, it was too exhausted to fly away.

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    When a Least Bittern, the smallest member of the heron family, landed on the deck of an ocean-going pipe-laying vessel deep in the Gulf of Mexico this week, it was too exhausted to fly away.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Eagles and turtles

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Eagles and turtles

    Friday, August 12 2016 3:38 PM EDT2016-08-12 19:38:03 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hard)(Source: Ken Hard)

    Andy Coleman, a biologist with Birmingham Audubon, has been studying the diets of Bald Eagle nestlings and has found that many Bald Eagles in the state are bringing turtles to the nest for their young.

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    Andy Coleman, a biologist with Birmingham Audubon, has been studying the diets of Bald Eagle nestlings and has found that many Bald Eagles in the state are bringing turtles to the nest for their young.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Late summer brings kites -- birds, not toys -- to central and west Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: So many Alabama birding sites; so little time

    Friday, August 5 2016 3:43 PM EDT2016-08-05 19:43:13 GMT
    Mississippi Kite eating an insect in its talons (Source: Ken Hare)Mississippi Kite eating an insect in its talons (Source: Ken Hare)

    A birding field trip organized by the Birmingham Audubon Society had as its goal two of Alabama's most beautiful birds -- the uncommon Swallow-Tailed Kite and the more common but still beautiful Mississippi Kite.

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    A birding field trip organized by the Birmingham Audubon Society had as its goal two of Alabama's most beautiful birds -- the uncommon Swallow-Tailed Kite and the more common but still beautiful Mississippi Kite.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: So many Alabama birding sites; so little time

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: So many Alabama birding sites; so little time

    Friday, July 29 2016 3:03 PM EDT2016-07-29 19:03:27 GMT
    Red-Headed Woodpecker (Source: Ken Hare)Red-Headed Woodpecker (Source: Ken Hare)

    The Alabama Birding Trails System is a collection of eight birding trails with 270 different birding sites stretching across Alabama, and my goal is to one day bird them all. But I've got a long way to go, both in the number of sites I still want to visit and in the miles I have to travel to see them.

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    The Alabama Birding Trails System is a collection of eight birding trails with 270 different birding sites stretching across Alabama, and my goal is to one day bird them all. But I've got a long way to go, both in the number of sites I still want to visit and in the miles I have to travel to see them.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: For birders, Birding Trails could rival Golf Trail for golfers

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: For birders, Birding Trails could rival Golf Trail for golfers

    Thursday, July 21 2016 6:16 PM EDT2016-07-21 22:16:43 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    As I have written before, I believe that any Alabamian interested in birding -- or just enjoying nature -- should learn about Alabama Birding Trails, a collection of 270 accessible birding sites around the state that have, for birders, some of the same lure that the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail holds for golfers.

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    As I have written before, I believe that any Alabamian interested in birding -- or just enjoying nature -- should learn about Alabama Birding Trails, a collection of 270 accessible birding sites around the state that have, for birders, some of the same lure that the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail holds for golfers.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Bears in Bama, a photo contest and field trips

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Bears in Bama, a photo contest and field trips

    Thursday, July 7 2016 5:53 PM EDT2016-07-07 21:53:11 GMT

    If an Alabama nature lover wants to be sure of seeing a black bear, it's best to drive north to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I've never been there without seeing several. If you're lucky, there is always a chance of seeing one in Alabama, too. The odds -- while not great -- have been getting better.

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    If an Alabama nature lover wants to be sure of seeing a black bear, it's best to drive north to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I've never been there without seeing several. If you're lucky, there is always a chance of seeing one in Alabama, too. The odds -- while not great -- have been getting better.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: When avian David meets bird Goliath, bet on David

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: When avian David meets bird Goliath, bet on David

    Friday, June 24 2016 12:58 PM EDT2016-06-24 16:58:36 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    In one corner, a Red-Tailed Hawk, weighing in at 45 ounces and with a 50-inch wingspan, razor-sharp talons that can grip with 10 times the strength of a human hand, and a beak strong enough to easily rip apart its prey. In the other corner, a Northern Mockingbird, weighing in at a mere 2 ounces, with a 13-inch wingspan and nothing impressive in the way of foot or beak strength. After all, it's a songbird, not a raptor. Put your money on the songbird.

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    In one corner, a Red-Tailed Hawk, weighing in at 45 ounces and with a 50-inch wingspan, razor-sharp talons that can grip with 10 times the strength of a human hand, and a beak strong enough to easily rip apart its prey. In the other corner, a Northern Mockingbird, weighing in at a mere 2 ounces, with a 13-inch wingspan and nothing impressive in the way of foot or beak strength. After all, it's a songbird, not a raptor. Put your money on the songbird.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Rookeries are nature's neonatal units for wading birds

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Rookeries are nature's neonatal units for wading birds

    Friday, June 17 2016 11:18 AM EDT2016-06-17 15:18:32 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    It is a labor of love for the staff and volunteers at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park just south of Birmingham, and one that requires dedication and patience.

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    Scattered across Alabama are magical sites where wading birds gather by the dozens and sometimes by the hundreds to build nests, lay eggs and raise their young until they fledge.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Wildlife center rescues thousands of injured Alabama birds

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Wildlife center rescues thousands of injured Alabama birds

    Friday, June 10 2016 4:59 PM EDT2016-06-10 20:59:17 GMT
    Wood Duck being transferred to an incubator (Source: Ken Hare)Wood Duck being transferred to an incubator (Source: Ken Hare)

    It is a labor of love for the staff and volunteers at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park just south of Birmingham, and one that requires dedication and patience.

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    It is a labor of love for the staff and volunteers at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park just south of Birmingham, and one that requires dedication and patience.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Montgomery area has good birding spots, too

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Montgomery area has good birding spots, too

    Friday, May 27 2016 4:20 PM EDT2016-05-27 20:20:36 GMT
    Mississippi Kite (Source: Ken Hare)Mississippi Kite (Source: Ken Hare)

    Alabama is a great birding state, and no matter where Alabamians live they can find good birding close to home. I'm going to concentrate on a few sites that I enjoy. But there are many others, and a little research can help you ensure that your birding trip won't be wasted.

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    Alabama is a great birding state, and no matter where Alabamians live they can find good birding close to home. I'm going to concentrate on a few sites that I enjoy. But there are many others, and a little research can help you ensure that your birding trip won't be wasted.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Beach trips can be about more than sun and sand

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Beach trips can be about more than sun and sand

    Friday, May 20 2016 1:48 PM EDT2016-05-20 17:48:27 GMT

    This is the time of the year when the thoughts of many Alabamians turn south toward the beach, and the Lorelei whisper of "beach trip" becomes difficult to ignore. 

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    This is the time of the year when the thoughts of many Alabamians turn south toward the beach, and the Lorelei whisper of "beach trip" becomes difficult to ignore. 

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Breeding season exciting time to watch Alabama birds

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Breeding season exciting time to watch Alabama birds

    Thursday, May 12 2016 5:27 PM EDT2016-05-12 21:27:22 GMT
    Thursday, May 12 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-05-12 21:29:11 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    Not only does the spring bring dozens of migratory bird species passing through Alabama from winter grounds in South and Central America to summer territories farther north, but it is also breeding season. Who doesn't like to see baby birds?

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    Not only does the spring bring dozens of migratory bird species passing through Alabama from winter grounds in South and Central America to summer territories farther north, but it is also breeding season. Who doesn't like to see baby birds?

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama:Bird lists enhance learning about nature

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama:Bird lists enhance learning about nature

    Friday, May 6 2016 3:32 PM EDT2016-05-06 19:32:25 GMT
    Friday, May 6 2016 6:13 PM EDT2016-05-06 22:13:32 GMT
    Indigo Bunting at Dauphin Island (Source: Ken Hare)Indigo Bunting at Dauphin Island (Source: Ken Hare)

    If you're going to get into birding -- even just backyard birding -- I strongly suggest that you keep a "life list" of all the birds you have seen and can identify. Because if you don't, and decide later that you would like to, putting together an accurate and complete list of birds you have seen in the past will be difficult if not impossible. Keeping bird lists can be as simple as you would like, or incredibly complicated.

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    If you're going to get into birding -- even just backyard birding -- I strongly suggest that you keep a "life list" of all the birds you have seen and can identify. Because if you don't, and decide later that you would like to, putting together an accurate and complete list of birds you have seen in the past will be difficult if not impossible. Keeping bird lists can be as simple as you would like, or incredibly complicated.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Some birds seen in Alabama migrate thousands of miles each year

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Some birds seen in Alabama migrate thousands of miles each year

    Thursday, April 28 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-04-28 21:39:00 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-29 21:55:39 GMT
    Belted Kingfisher on Dauphin Island (Source:KenHare)Belted Kingfisher on Dauphin Island (Source:KenHare)

    The attention of Alabama birders in the spring and fall is focused on migrating birds, many of which travel thousands of miles to follow food or to breeding grounds. Although the birds normally seen in Alabama don't hold the record for frequent flier miles, there are species that still rack up impressive migration mileage each year.

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    The attention of Alabama birders in the spring and fall is focused on migrating birds, many of which travel thousands of miles to follow food or to breeding grounds. Although the birds normally seen in Alabama don't hold the record for frequent flier miles, there are species that still rack up impressive migration mileage each year.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Spring migration brings birds and birders galore to Dauphin Island

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Spring migration brings birds and birders galore to Dauphin Island

    Friday, April 22 2016 4:37 PM EDT2016-04-22 20:37:07 GMT
    Saturday, April 23 2016 9:41 AM EDT2016-04-23 13:41:59 GMT
    A Summer Tanager (Source: Geoff Hill)A Summer Tanager (Source: Geoff Hill)

    When members of the Alabama Ornithological Society held their spring meeting on Dauphin Island last week, they were able to spot almost 45 percent of all the birds recognized as occurring in Alabama. Included in the combined count for the more than 90 AOS birders were several hard-to-spot birds for the state, including a Bachman's Sparrow, a Least Bittern and a Black-Billed Cuckoo.

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    When members of the Alabama Ornithological Society held their spring meeting on Dauphin Island last week, they were able to spot almost 45 percent of all the birds recognized as occurring in Alabama. Included in the combined count for the more than 90 AOS birders were several hard-to-spot birds for the state, including a Bachman's Sparrow, a Least Bittern and a Black-Billed Cuckoo.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Lots of help out there for beginning birders, Part 2

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Lots of help out there for beginning birders, Part 2

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 4:30 PM EDT2016-04-13 20:30:19 GMT
    Friday, April 15 2016 12:00 PM EDT2016-04-15 16:00:19 GMT
    Broad-Winged Hawk near Lake Jordan Dam (Source: Ken Hare)Broad-Winged Hawk near Lake Jordan Dam (Source: Ken Hare)

    There is no substitute for a bird walk led by an experienced birder to learn about birds -- and to add new birds to your life list. Second best as a learning experience is an ongoing class or even one-time seminars led by experienced birders.

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    There is no substitute for a bird walk led by an experienced birder to learn about birds -- and to add new birds to your life list. Second best as a learning experience is an ongoing class or even one-time seminars led by experienced birders.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Lots of help out there for beginning (and experienced) birders

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Lots of help out there for beginning (and experienced) birders

    Friday, April 8 2016 4:13 PM EDT2016-04-08 20:13:39 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 4:13 PM EDT2016-04-08 20:13:38 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    Birding can be a daunting hobby for someone who is just starting. It's easy to spot a sparrow; even easy to recognize a Chipping Sparrow from a Song Sparrow, for instance. But toss in Field Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and Grasshopper, Le Conte's, Seaside, Fox, Lincoln's, Vesper ... well, you get the idea ... and getting serious about birding can be frustrating for many people.

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    Birding can be a daunting hobby for someone who is just starting. It's easy to spot a sparrow; even easy to recognize a Chipping Sparrow from a Song Sparrow, for instance. But toss in Field Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and Grasshopper, Le Conte's, Seaside, Fox, Lincoln's, Vesper ... well, you get the idea ... and getting serious about birding can be frustrating for many people.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birding Trails great resource for nature addicts

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birding Trails great resource for nature addicts

    Friday, April 1 2016 3:21 PM EDT2016-04-01 19:21:09 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 3:29 PM EDT2016-04-01 19:29:31 GMT
    Oystercatcher at Dauphin Island (Source: Ken Hare)Oystercatcher at Dauphin Island (Source: Ken Hare)

    Any Alabamian interested in birding -- or just getting out and enjoying nature -- should make a point of learning about Alabama Birding Trails, a collection of 270 birding sites around the state that are all accessible, to some degree, to the public.

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    Any Alabamian interested in birding -- or just getting out and enjoying nature -- should make a point of learning about Alabama Birding Trails, a collection of 270 birding sites around the state that are all accessible, to some degree, to the public.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Red-throated acrobats back in Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Red-throated acrobats back in Alabama

    Friday, March 18 2016 2:32 PM EDT2016-03-18 18:32:07 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 2:48 PM EDT2016-03-18 18:48:43 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    Reports are starting to crop up of the return of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to central and north Alabama, as the tiny birds make their annual trek north from their wintering grounds in extreme southern Mexico and Central America.

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    Reports are starting to crop up of the return of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to central and north Alabama, as the tiny birds make their annual trek north from their wintering grounds in extreme southern Mexico and Central America.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Bald Eagles thrive across Alabama

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Bald Eagles thrive across Alabama

    Friday, March 11 2016 2:36 PM EST2016-03-11 19:36:18 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 4:16 PM EST2016-03-11 21:16:46 GMT
    (Source: Ken Hare)(Source: Ken Hare)

    Once teetering on the brink of nonexistence in Alabama, the Bald Eagle has made a triumphant return to the state, with pairs of eagles now nesting from Mobile County on the Gulf of Mexico to Lauderdale County on the Tennessee line.

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    Once teetering on the brink of nonexistence in Alabama, the Bald Eagle has made a triumphant return to the state, with pairs of eagles now nesting from Mobile County on the Gulf of Mexico to Lauderdale County on the Tennessee line.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: 'I didn't mean to become a birder'

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: 'I didn't mean to become a birder'

    Thursday, March 3 2016 4:55 PM EST2016-03-03 21:55:09 GMT
    Saturday, March 5 2016 12:57 PM EST2016-03-05 17:57:39 GMT

    Sometime, somehow, I became a birder. I didn't mean to become a birder; it just sort of happened. But if you're going to become addicted to birding, Alabama is a great place to catch the bug. 

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    Sometime, somehow, I became a birder. I didn't mean to become a birder; it just sort of happened. But if you're going to become addicted to birding, Alabama is a great place to catch the bug. 

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