A May in the Life of a Birder

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Birding, Listing, Migration, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

A cut above the rest!

Week 1: So it begins Even though the first waves of Neotropical migrants typically arrive before the calendar changes to the fifth month, most East Coast birders would agree that May is the peak of the excitement. This year, some of my migration highlights came a little early. A few advance bouts of favorable conditions brought Prairie Warblers, Northern Parulas, … Read More

Snowy Owl Season: Reflections on Winter 2017-18

Tim HealyBird News, Birding, Conservation Issues, eBird, General Rant, ScienceLeave a Comment

Please enjoy owls responsibly

Bubo scandiacus is a highly evocative species. One of the largest, most striking members of the ever popular owl family, Snowies have a special magic that drives people wild. Wherever these Arctic predators go, excitement bordering on chaos usually follows. I’ve been hooked on Snowy Owls my entire life. I spent my early childhood dragging around a beloved plush Snowy, … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Migration Online

Drew WeberFeatured, Migration, Science2 Comments

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It’s definitely time for migration and birds are already on the move throughout the country! Where should you look for predictions, background info, or anything else related to migration? What follows is an ever-changing list of readily available migration related resources. Originally compiled by Tim Schreckengost several years ago, we will be updating the list going forward as new sources … Read More

Cooperative Florida Scrub-Jays – Merritt Island NWR

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During this year’s Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, I met up with a few folks from the Leica Birding Team to search for Florida Scrub-Jays at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The obvious place to look for them within the refuge is along the Scrub Trail. Drew and I dipped on them last year, but we turned the tables … Read More

Ye Olde New England November

Steve BrennerBirding, RaritiesLeave a Comment

November turned out to be a pretty good month for rare birds in New England. Sure, the Buffalo Bills lost to the Patriots for about the zillionth time. And of course all of my documentation photos/videos are too soft, too blurry, or just too distant. And yes, I was the only person on the east coast to miss a Franklin’s … Read More

A Re-Education in Relocation

Steve BrennerBirding, General Rant2 Comments

Much like birds, people sometimes have to move around in this crazy world – particularly in these modern times full of hyper-tech global markets and the ‘Very Big Corporations of America‘. Often the reasons for a relocation involve one’s work or career, and there are a plethora of variables and consequences to consider when such things happen. But given that … Read More

Guest Review: Birding for the Curious

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We are excited to post this review by Brooke McDonald, an avid reader of Nemesis Bird (or maybe not, but we like the sound of it). Brooke is a freelance writer and editor in Northern California. In her free time she birds, gardens, plays with her dogs, and researches an obscure Calvinist sect. Birding for the Curious by Nate Swick … Read More

4th of July Birding Challenge!

Steve BrennerBig Days, Birding, Contests5 Comments

2015 will be year 3 of the 4th of July Birding Challenge, and I have to say this year is a special one for your lovely author. I just got back from 5 months of studying birds in Borneo, and while my experiences and birding over in Southeast Asia were truly unforgettable, I would be lying if I said I … Read More