Gerry Smith

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Northern Harrier Magician of Grassland and Marsh

Once known as Marsh Hawk, this species is a favorite raptor of mine. They are most often seen skimming low over open country flashing the white rump patch that helps identify them in all plumages.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Gerry Smith

August Avian Happenings

As August dawns the breeding season for most summer bird residents of the River is over.. Early migration becomes a steady flow with some species mostly gone by months end...

Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2019
Gerry Smith

September 2017 Article Revisited: High Water is for the Birds

...writing to convince many of us today, June 2019, that the high water is beneficial when so many are suffering is a different story

Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2019
Susan W. Smith

Don’t Annoy Those Messy Swallows-They Are Hurting

Our region is home to six species of swallows ... All catch insects on the wing and are known to birders as aerial insectivores.

Volume 14, Issue 5, May 2019
Gerry Smith

Bald Eagle Redux

Already in the spring of 2019 more than 150 have passed the Derby Hill Bird Observatory (DHBO )in barely a month of monitoring...

Volume 14, Issue 4, April 2019
Gerry Smith

Grassland birds: a critical conservation priority

For my part I cannot imagine the part of the world extending from the Lake Ontario lakeshore down the international sector of the St. Lawrence, without grassland birds. The Bobolink’s bubbling cacophony ...

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
Gerry Smith

Shorebirds

These birds were market hunted, whenever they were present, until receiving protection from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

Volume 13, Issue 9, September 2018
Gerry Smith

Songbird Forest: A Refuge

Migrant birds that travel twice annually between temperate North America and the New World Tropics have always faced many natural dangers.

Volume 13, Issue 8, August 2018
Gerry Smith