Recap of the Long Island Corn Crake

First off, there were far too many “punny” titles for this post (almost none of which I thought up on my own/didn’t steal from an internet meme) – “Children of the Corncrake” – “Jimmy Crake Corn and I don’t care” – “Crexit through the gift shop”…you get the
Posted on November 15, 2017 0

4th of July Birding Challenge!

It’s that time of year again…..fireworks, patriotism, awkward outdoor barbecues with people you know from work. But the real highlight of every 4th? The annual NemesisBird 4th of July Birding challenge. It’s really the highlight of America in general – I’d like to think that this prize-less birding
Posted on July 1, 2017 4

Global Big Day is May 13

Are you taking part in Global Big Day? The Nemesis Birders are scattered around and will be looking for birds along Lake Ontario, coastal Rhode Island and possibly Alaska! Below is the GBD press release. Let us know where you will be in the comments below! A “big
Posted on May 2, 2017 0

Fighting the Doldrums of Late February Birding

Birding is a year-round activity. It’s probably one of the best things about it. But without a doubt there are peaks of activity that ignite the fire in all birders and gets the masses out every morning. Obviously, I’m talking about migration. We all crave it; those warm
Posted on February 23, 2017 0

The Easiest Way to Map Your eBird History #myebirdhistory

I was recently introduced to a mapping website that works well with eBird data by a Facebook post by Ted Floyd. Hamstermap.com lets you upload simple latitude/longitude data and display it on a map for quick visualization of all sorts of great things, in this case your personal
Posted on February 4, 2017 0

Fun Challenges and Cautionary Tales from Fall Banding

Fall migration out east is a conflicting time for birders: the rarity machine is usually churning out goodies after goodies. Also, fall warblers dressed in brand-new plumage are pulsing through the woodlots of every town. These days most birders have come to appreciate the subtle nuances of fall
Posted on September 15, 2016 0

Get ready for eBird Profiles!

eBird is slowly and steadily becoming the go-to bird observation collection tool for birders around the world, and has reached this point by regularly releasing new tools to see what others are reporting, compete with your fellow birders on any geographical level, and learn all about ranges and
Posted on August 28, 2016 4

BREAKING: Leica releases new Noctivid binocular line

Leica has been teasing something new for a while, and has just announced a new flagship binocular. The press release is calling it “simply the brightest, sharpest, highest contrast and purest color images available in a binocular today”. Based on the specs (see below) and Leica’s reputation, I would wager
Posted on August 19, 2016 4

Ten People to Follow at #NAOC2016

Not everyone can make it to the 2016 edition of the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington D.C. this week. However, the twittersphere has been doing a great job keeping the rest of us up to date on what is going on. Below are some of the most active
Posted on August 18, 2016 0

Susquehanna River Kayak-Birding Highlights

Over the past two weeks I was happy to take many birders and bird-photographers out to the Conejohela Flats along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, PA. Although there were multiple days with morning or evening storms, almost all of my scheduled trips went along as planned, and I
Posted on August 16, 2016 1

Birding the Depths

Guest post by Ian Gardner With one of the highest murder rates in the world, recently overrun by cartels, a history of violence against environmental activists, and hosting a plethora of tropical diseases, Honduras is not the first country you’d think to visit in Central America for birding. But
Posted on August 11, 2016 0

Snowy Egret in Lancaster County!

The beginning of fall migration 2016 is treating the Susquehanna River corridor nicely, with multiple rare waders making their presence known in Lancaster County – three juvenile Little Blue Herons were visible form the Falmouth River Access, a juvenile Snowy Egret is at the Riverfront Park Access, and a
Posted on August 5, 2016 0

Cattle Egret – Lancaster County, PA

After a long night spent driving back from Illinois and then mothing for a few hours near Lamb’s Gap, I slept in till noon. I woke up to low, dark clouds and little bands of rain. The forecast for the rest of the day was for more and
Posted on July 30, 2016 1

Here is how Pokemon Go is birding.

So Nintendo emerged from its decade long slump and finally released a hit, although this time it wasn’t on its own console, but on iPhone and Android smartphones. Pokemon GO basically forces users to move around (literally) to collect classic Pokemon characters through their smart phone screens in
Posted on July 13, 2016 3

Uptown Yellow-crowns

For PA birders looking for some exciting mid-summer birding, the Susquehanna River through Harrisburg offers excellent viewing and photo opportunities for herons and egrets. Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons nest and forage on islands in the river, along with lower numbers of Green Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons. The real
Posted on July 11, 2016 0

Baby Barn Owl Banding!

This evening I was able to tag along to watch Nate McKelvie, environmental educator at the Milton Hershey School, band four juvenile Barn Owls from one of the Hershey Trust’s old barns on the north side of Hershey. This is one of two known nesting sites in the
Posted on June 30, 2016 1