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One Good Tern A community for birders and nature enthusiasts. Formerly, an independent nature and birding shop.

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08/21/2021

A Peregrine Falcon just emerged from its egg. This tiny chick will grow up to become one of the most efficient hunting birds on the planet. It will reach unbelievable speeds while stooping on prey. It’s hard to imagine when you see this tiny downy creature who can’t even hold up its head. The journey from egg to adult is a crazy and dangerous one, but if they make it they get the title of fastest animal on the face of the planet. #peregrinefalcon #peregrinefalcons #peregrinefalconsofinstagram #peregrinefalconphotography #falcoperegrinus #falcons #falconsofinstagram #falconphotography #falconlover #birdofpreyphotography #raptors #raptorsofinstagram #raptorphotography #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #wildbirdphotography #birdsandblooms #wildbirdsunlimited #natgeowild #worldofbirds #birdloversofinstagram #wildbird #animallovers #animalphotography #wildanimalphotography #outdoorillinois #outdoorphotography #naturephotography #naturelovers

Timeline Photos
07/16/2021

Timeline Photos

I was fortunate to be able to spend ten days in mid May 2021 on Great Gull Island, an American Museum of Natural History research site at the eastern end of Long Island Sound, New York. The island is occupied in summer by a very large colony of Common and Roseate Terns. I worked on this comparison illustration of the two species overhead, and took special note of the fact that, when the tail is closed like this, the outer tail feathers cross to form an X shape!

Has anyone seen any sick or dead birds in their neighborhood?
07/14/2021
Statement on Unidentified Songbird Illness Reported from Eastern U.S.

Has anyone seen any sick or dead birds in their neighborhood?

A joint statement of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Many people are concerned about the emergence of a new illness causing crusty eyes, tremors, and paralysis among songbirds in several eastern states including Virginia, Maryland, Delawar

Have you seen any good terns this summer? Here’s some identification help.
07/06/2021

Have you seen any good terns this summer? Here’s some identification help.

06/16/2021
Brawls at the bird feeder!

The cinematography on this is brilliant! Which of your backyard birds and critters fill the roles of the British birds in this piece? (3:36 minutes long).

Photos from Homer Lake Interpretive Center's post
04/27/2021

Photos from Homer Lake Interpretive Center's post

Toward Inclusivity in Birding: Forum Discusses Renaming Eponymous Birds
04/25/2021
Toward Inclusivity in Birding: Forum Discusses Renaming Eponymous Birds

Toward Inclusivity in Birding: Forum Discusses Renaming Eponymous Birds

On the vexing issue of birds named after people in history, the esteemed Kenn Kaufman—author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America—broke it down with an example of birding with Black friends in Georgia. “[If] we see a Bachman’s Sparrow, we're all aware of the fact that John Ba...

Birdwatching makes a comeback amid the pandemic
04/21/2021
Birdwatching makes a comeback amid the pandemic

Birdwatching makes a comeback amid the pandemic

The environmentally friendly hobby of birdwatching has helped a lot of people through the pandemic-related stresses of the past year – including Harry Smith. He reports for TODAY Goes Green.

Timeline Photos
03/21/2021

Timeline Photos

Solitary bees agitate their bodies as they collect pollen and nectar. This dance throws pollen onto the reproductive parts of flowers.... voila!... pollination. Their physical makeup and behavior make them 2-3 times more successful at pollination than the honey bee.

Timeline Photos
03/11/2021

Timeline Photos

The cinematography is incredible!3 minutes long 🦉
03/08/2021
Meet the World's Smallest Owl

The cinematography is incredible!
3 minutes long 🦉

Watch the elf owl, the smallest owl in the world, hunt food for its chicks.Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed it! http://bit.ly/1Adl6ht **More info & v...

Timeline Photos
03/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Check our the Birding Virginia Facebook group for more fantastic photos and cool observations!
02/18/2021

Check our the Birding Virginia Facebook group for more fantastic photos and cool observations!

Check our the Birding Virginia Facebook group for more fantastic photos and cool observations!

Very cool observation in this post by Justin Lisee in the birding Virginia Facebook group.
02/17/2021

Very cool observation in this post by Justin Lisee in the birding Virginia Facebook group.

Very cool observation in this post by Justin Lisee in the birding Virginia Facebook group.

Timeline Photos
02/14/2021

Timeline Photos

How to Participate
02/12/2021
How to Participate

How to Participate

Participating is easy, fun to do alone, or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds. Simply watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days and tell us what you see!

02/10/2021

How can ducks stand on ice and their feet not freeze? Well, for one, they have a lot of fat in their feet, as do penguins, which has a much lower freezing point than water. Second, they have a pretty amazing circulatory system for their feet explained in this cartoon from a wonderful book I think it is now out-of-print, but should be republished: Mother Nature's Michigan by Oz Warbach.

You can be a citizen scientist! A great project to do with the kids!
02/09/2021
Join us February 12–15, 2021

You can be a citizen scientist! A great project to do with the kids!

Each year people from around the world come together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. Join us, February 12-15, 2021.

Are cardinals brighter in winter?
02/04/2021
Are cardinals brighter in winter?

Are cardinals brighter in winter?

There's something stunning about a bright-red male cardinal against a snowy backdrop. Is it just the contrast that makes them look so brilliant, or are they really brighter in winter? The answer has to do with some peculiarities in the way the birds molt. Like many birds, Northern Cardinals molt

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Slightly off topic, I bought a pair of Nikon binoculars from One Good Tern many years ago. Now the rubber eye cups are crumbling. Anyone know where to get replacements? I can't seem to find them anywhere. Do I really have to send the binocs back to Nikon just to get a pair of $2.00 eye cups?
Eleanor approves of the new bluebird house!