An update on Hummingbird spring migration; a feature on the "butterbird"; and a Let's Ask Mike segment we call "Steeling Your Birdhouse to Squelch Your Squirrels."
We touch upon some conservation issues, and hear from listeners who've waxed poetic about their spring sightings. And we learn about a bird whose name sounds like an insult.
We try to balance some sad environmental news with some great spring bird sightings and a story about a "meatloaf on a stick."
Special guest Vern Laux offers his unique perspective on birds, and some signs of spring; Mike O'Connor advises a listener on how to get a close-up view of neighborhood owls; and we bring back a couple of audio souvenirs from our visit to South Texas.
We learn about a Massachusetts birder who was looking for peeps but was arrested as a "Peeping Tom!" We'll also get a distant preview of the "Spring of the Year" through our Featured Feathered Friend.
Bird migration researcher Tim Spahr describes how he predicted a big fallout of birds last spring and how he might do it again. Our man Mike O'Connor explains the behavior of paint-eating Blue Jays, and we learn how a beautiful diver got its name.