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 06/29/2015
When it comes to egrets, vive la difference
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 1:18 pm

There are not many birds out there that have feet a different color than their legs.

Monday 06/22/2015
Most birds know a good food source when they see it
Posted: June 22, 2015

A n interesting question came my way via email the other day. It came from a longtime For the Birds reader who wondered how the goldfinches in her yard knew that she suddenly switched to Nyjer seed. She had never seen goldfinches before at her feeders, but when she put up a sock feeder filled with the small, black seeds, the goldfinches came within one day.

Monday 06/15/2015
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!, by Chris Bosak
Posted: June 15, 2015

With nesting season comes nesting season behavior from birds. That includes territorial behavior that often draws humans into their world.

Monday 06/01/2015
For The Birds
Posted: June 01, 2015

I took a walk through a park earlier this week, knowing full well that the spring warbler migration was winding down. Even so, I figured I’d see a few late migrants and perhaps something else interesting. Something always happens when you make the effort to take a walk in the woods.

Monday 05/11/2015
We are in the thick of warbler season in New England
Posted: May 11, 2015

I write a column similar to this every year. Why wouldn’t I? Every time I hear the soft songs of a warbler in May I’m inspired to share my most current warbler sightings and stories. I’m also inspired to ask readers to share their warbler sightings and stories.

Monday 05/04/2015
It's always a treat to see something new in nature
Posted: May 04, 2015

Wait long enough and you’ll see something in nature you hadn’t seen before.

Monday 04/27/2015
Some welcome news comes about protected lands
Posted: April 27, 2015

Our nearest National Wildlife Refuge (actually in this case a National Fish and Wildlife Refuge) just received a big boost.

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.

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