For the Birds Radio Program
Pine Grosbeak (Revised from 1987)
(Dec. 28, 1998)
Laura can’t think of anything bad to say about a Pine Grosbeak. She recounts the magical time she saw her first one.
- The Propman (Dec. 18, 1998)
Laura has a novel theory about how rare birds materialize here and there, and disappear without a trace.
- The Superiority of Birds (Dec. 15, 1998)
Are people superior to birds?
- Book Review: Dave Barry Turns 50 (Nov. 6, 1998)
Laura thoroughly enjoyed Dave Barry’s newest book, and even managed to find a good bird reference.
- Blue Jay practical joke (Nov. 5, 1998)
Laura thinks Blue Jays played a practical joke on people.
- Northern Shrike (Nov. 4, 1998)
Laura talks about the fierce little butcher bird.
- November Robins (Nov. 3, 1998)
Most robins have left by now, but some robins lag behind for us to enjoy.
- Green Violetear in La Crosse (Nov. 2, 1998)
A Green Violetear turned up at a feeder in La Crosse in October. It was suffering from hypothermia, so was sent to Marge Gibson.
- Book Review: The Stokes Field Guide to Birds (Oct. 30, 1998)
Laura doesn’t particularly like the lovely Stokes Field Guide to Birds for several reasons.
- October Bird Sounds (Oct. 27, 1998)
A few birds still break into song, but many others at least make a few sounds.
- A Perfect Fall Day (Oct. 26, 1998)
October 20 was a perfect fall day for Laura and Photon to head up to Hawk Ridge.
- October Apples (Oct. 20, 1998)
Apples draw people and birds both.
- Mysterious October (Oct. 15, 1998)
October conjures spooky images, but one of the best mysteries is how Saw-whet Owls pass through in such big numbers yet so unnoticed.
- Birds vs. Politics (Oct. 13, 1998)
Politics is way too complicated for Laura—she prefers sticking to birds.
- Bernice the Pigeon (Oct. 9, 1998)
When Laura took in a baby pigeon for rehab, she became a family pet, even when she turned out to be a boy.
- FROM 1998, IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UPCOMING MOVIE: Movie Review: Everest and Alpine Choughs (Oct. 2, 1998)
Laura talks about the new iMax movie, Everest, and Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air, focusing on an uncredited player, the Alpine Chough, and other birds that survive at high altitudes.
- Evocativeness of Autumn (Sept. 30, 1998)
Feelings stirred in autumn seem the most complex.
- Hurricanes and Birds (Sept. 28, 1998)
Laura considers how powerful storms affect birds, and how hard it is for birds blown off-course.
- Mid-Summer Waxwings (Aug. 3, 1998)
Late summer is the time to watch for quiet little waxwings.
- Photon and the Ants (July 2, 1998)
Laura’s little dog is consumed with studying the ants in an anthill; so far she hasn’t discovered birds nor the baby foxes in the neighborhood.
- Magpies (June 18, 1998)
A corvid with a spectacularly long tail once had a bounty on it!
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (June 10, 1998)
Rare sightings of a bird that belongs further south can be thrilling.
- Ovenbird (May 29, 1998)
Laura treasures Ovenbirds, who sing like Linda Ronstadt.
- "Cuteness" in an Injured Saw-whet Owl (UDY) (April 8, 1998)
Laura’s taking care of an injured Saw-whet Owl and wishing she could keep it until it was recovered. (I’m estimating the year because of the reference to Linda Tripp.)Audio missing
- Book Review: Wild America (Feb. 27, 1998)
Laura reviews Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher’s splendid memoir of birding in the 50s.
- Poor Little Match Squirrel (Feb. 13, 1998)
The story of the Poor Little Match Girl came to mind when Laura encountered a squirrel suffering from mange.
- Chasing a King Eider (Feb. 6, 1998)
Why is it that birders are so willing to drive hundreds of miles to see a single bird?
- Euthanizing (Feb. 4, 1998)
When is it right to decide to euthanize an injured bird? Laura’s children and a Sora taught her a lesson.
- Family Values of Birds (Feb. 2, 1998)
Birds have a wide range of different systems of family values.
- Crossbills (Jan. 30, 1998)
Crossbills have beaks like crooked scissors. Why?
- White-breasted Nuthatch (Jan. 28, 1998)
White-breasted Nuthatches seem rather cranky, even as they gobble down food.
- The Propman (Dec. 18, 1998)