Frances Wood

Frances posted 69 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Second chance sometimes not enough for little Barn Swallows | WHIDBEY BIRDING

It’s been a sad week for baby Barn Swallows.My friend Linda Bainbridge…

  • Jul 19th, 2010 6:36pm

Nest building begins, but head to Brackenwood for a closer look | WHIDBEY BIRDING

May is the month when the miracles of avian life are most…

  • May 13th, 2010 3:08pm

Be thoughtful when feeding our wild Whidbey birds | WHIDBEY BIRDING

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers are taking turns at my suet feeder, chickadees…

  • Apr 14th, 2010 6:11pm

Look-alikes are more common than the rare, wayward bird | WHIDBEY BIRDING

I recall with a mixture of chuckles and embarrassment some of the…

  • Mar 12th, 2010 11:10pm

Earliest Whidbey bird to nest? Not Eagles, Swallows or Mallards | WHIDBEY BIRDING

Recently an eager bird watcher asked, “What’s the earliest bird to nest here on Whidbey?” I could tell her that the early bird gets the worm and swallows are harbingers of spring, but found I had to do some research. Any guesses who the contenders might be? In spring the drive to reproduce becomes every adult bird’s raison d’etre. Migrants fly thousands of miles to breeding territories. Some males molt into elaborate plumage and engage in energy-consuming displays. They sing at the top of their little thoraxes to attract a mate.

  • Feb 24th, 2010 11:19pm

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Wearing white is a smart choice for our winter visitors

Earlier this week I was showing off Whidbey to an out-of-town writer…

  • Jan 30th, 2010 1:15am

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Wayfaring stragglers provide plenty of entertainment

While birding last week at Deer Lagoon with a group of friends,…

  • Oct 23rd, 2009 10:23pm

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Duck hunting puts migrating shorebirds at risk

“What has happened to the birds?” A caller asks.I’m not alarmed. September…

  • Sep 15th, 2009 10:55pm

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Haida Gwaii guillemots are frequent ferry riders

Last month I fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit the Queen Charlotte…

  • Aug 15th, 2009 12:07am

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Tropical visitor was a tantalizing treat to our eyes

On a recent warm afternoon while my husband and I were relaxing…

  • Jun 2nd, 2009 10:48pm

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Sing a song for sixpence? No, birds would rather chirp about real estate

Have you listened to the birds singing? Within the past month, our…

  • Apr 28th, 2009 10:51pm

WHIDBEY BIRDING | There are plenty of ways to help birds during the cold winter months

First let me humbly admit that I missed all the December storms.…

  • Jan 30th, 2009 11:07pm

ISLAND BIRDING | Field guides can help develop a love of nature in children

“Give a kid a field guide.”I heard these words recently at an…

  • Dec 20th, 2008 12:40am

ISLAND BIRDING | Islanders should speak up now to protect important bird habitat areas

Yesterday I watched a cloud of several thousand shorebirds swirl and dance…

  • Nov 24th, 2008 11:20pm

ISLAND BIRDING | Wayward bird certainly picked a terrible spot to roost

Last Sunday morning while enjoying a leisurely breakfast, my husband, daughter and I heard a woodpecker-like tapping.

  • Oct 27th, 2008 6:41pm

ISLAND BIRDING: Making local food decisions isn’t for the birds

After many conversations about making food-buying decisions to benefit birds and the natural environment, my husband Bill and I decided we needed to get serious and put our money where our mouths were.

  • Sep 24th, 2008 8:33pm