Chris Bosak

Chris Bosak

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  • Chris Bosak loves to share and hear stories about nature. To that end, he has written his weekly For the Birds column since 1999. For the Birds is about appreciating New England's wild birds and other natural resources. Chris worked in the Keene Sentinel sports department from 1996 to 1999. It was during that time that For the Birds got its start. Chris now lives in southern Connecticut with his wife, Katie, and two children, Andrew and Will.
Monday 04/20/2015
There’s nothing like seeing a hummingbird visit your garden
Posted: April 20, 2015

Last week I discussed when, if at all, is the right time to stop feeding the birds in the spring or summer. This week, as promised, I’ll talk more about feeding hummingbirds.

Monday 04/13/2015
When do you stop feeding the birds, by Chris Bosak
Posted: April 13, 2015

The question is posed often and the answer is always: “It depends.”

Monday 04/06/2015
Snow-covered ground can be a problem for nesting killdeer, by Chris Bosak
Posted: April 06, 2015

One of the drawbacks to being an early northward migrant is that they are subject to the whims of the early spring New England weather.

Monday 03/30/2015
March is a pretty busy month in the birding world
Posted: March 30, 2015

You wouldn’t think it, but March is a pretty busy month in the birding world.

Monday 03/23/2015
Will bald eagles become the new osprey? by Chris Bosak
Posted: March 23, 2015

News came last week of a bald eagle pair potentially nesting on an island off the coast of southern Connecticut in Long Island Sound. The island is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. It’s exciting news for southern New England, which has been late to the bald eagle recovery party enjoyed by the rest of New England and other parts of the U.S.

Monday 03/16/2015
It's been a very tough winter for waterfowl
Posted: March 16, 2015

What would you do if your refrigerator and kitchen cupboards were locked and you didn’t have a key? Or what if the grocery stores were all boarded up, and it was the dead of winter so your garden had long stopped being productive? Oh, and you couldn’t drive anywhere because of a natural instinct telling you to stay put.

Monday 03/09/2015
Pine siskins aren't just one of the goldfinch gang
Posted: March 09, 2015

If you are seeing flocks of American goldfinches at your feeder these days, look carefully to make sure there’s not another species mixed in there.

Monday 03/02/2015
Maybe house finches aren't so bad after all, by Chris Bosak
Posted: March 02, 2015

I almost hate to admit it in this forum, but I’ve never been a big fan of house finches.

Monday 02/23/2015
Eastern bluebirds are wintering in New England this year
Posted: February 23, 2015

It seems that every winter has its bird. Last year, of course, it was the snowy owl. A few years ago it was the common redpoll and, before that, the pine siskin.

Monday 02/16/2015
Frozen river provides solid opportunity for birdwatching
Posted: February 16, 2015

The river that flows near the building where I work has been frozen for weeks, so the duck sightings there have been pretty scarce.

Monday 02/09/2015
You never know what you'll see — even in the dead of winter
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Siskins are back. So are redpolls. There’s even been a dickcissel around.

Monday 02/02/2015
Snowy owls can remain in one spot for hours on end
Posted: February 02, 2015

Last winter snowy owls enthralled the U.S. Even casual birdwatchers couldn’t help but be caught up in the historic irruption of these beautiful, yet powerful Arctic birds of prey.

Monday 01/26/2015
Great Backyard Bird Count offers a fun day (or days) outdoors
Posted: January 26, 2015

On the surface it would seem as if every winter is pretty much the same in terms of birdwatching in New England.

Monday 01/19/2015
For The Birds, by Chris Bosak
Posted: January 19, 2015

The boys and I were driving past a pond in southern New England the other day at dusk. The water was frozen except for a long finger of open water jutting into the pond from where a river flows. We noted the massive number of Canada geese in that water.

Monday 01/12/2015
It wasn't easy creeping up on the elusive brown creeper, by Chris Bosak
Posted: January 12, 2015

Back in October I wrote about a routine of mine whereby I use in the farthest parking space away from my work’s building. The walk from that spot allows me to scan a river to see if any birds are around.

Monday 01/05/2015
Taking a few moments to note my highlights of 2014
Posted: January 05, 2015

A nother year is in the books. It’s time to look ahead at the new year and gather our wishes and hopes for the next 365 days. I certainly have plenty of those, but first I’d like to take a look back at 2014 and recount my top 10 birding highlights.

Monday 12/29/2014
For the Birds: Mulling the results of the local Christmas bird counts, by Chris Bosak
Posted: December 29, 2014

It’s human nature, I guess. If you hear 100 nice things and one bad thing, it’s that one bad thing that sticks in your mind and makes you most curious.

Monday 12/15/2014
A tale of mallards and wood ducks in 'The Big City'
Posted: December 15, 2014

During a trip I made to Central Park in New York City about 10 years ago, I noticed a very tame male wood duck. It was acting very mallard-like and I soon found out why. It was soon joined by a large flock of mallards and I learned that the wood duck was hanging out with the flock of mallards.

Monday 12/01/2014
Red-bellied woodpecker, and other birds, on the move
Posted: December 01, 2014

Through readers’ comments and my own observations, I have been tracking with interest the northward movement of the red-bellied woodpecker's territory.

Monday 11/24/2014
Readers offer up variety of sightings, by Chris Bosak
Posted: November 24, 2014

I often ask readers: “What are you seeing out there?” Well, the answers I get are just as compelling and pertinent as what I see and write about each week, so here are some tidbits that readers have shared over the last few weeks.

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