Year listing is one of the most popular traditions in the world of birding. The annual cycle of seasons is felt especially strongly by those of us who immerse ourselves in the world of birds, and each new year brings a new set of chances to enjoy unforgettable experiences. On behalf of the whole Nemesis Bird team, I’d like to … Read More
Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I last gave an update about my Phone Skope Big Year (First Update, Second Update). Anyway, it’s been about six months and I finally hit 100 species for the year. Remember, my goal is to Phone Skope 200 species. February was filled with gulls, waterfowl, … Read More
When you spend a lot of time birding local patches around your home, you can get somewhat attached to the birds you come across when you know they are likely the same individuals you see every time you go there. For instance, there is an injured Ring-necked Duck that has been hanging out at the local ‘duck pond’ for the … Read More
On January 31st Mark Mizak, Josh Lefever, and I left on a 5 day birding trip for New Years. Our first target of the trip was to the Black-headed Gull at Hunt Valley Town Center near Baltimore, Maryland. This is the third year in a row that an adult Black-headed Gull has over-wintered with Ring-billed Gulls in this parking lot. We … Read More
A rare bird in Pennsylvania, the Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), was found foraging in the Susquehanna River near Washington Boro, PA. It was foraging in the outflow from a water treatment plant, in the company of many Ring-billed Gulls. Set to Basic Space (Jamie XX Space Bass Remix) by The xx.
One of my target birds for our trip down to Cape May, NJ this past weekend was an adult Black-headed Gull that has been seen off-and-on for the past month and a half along the bayshore. My friends and I tried for this bird back in January and couldn’t find it and so decided to give it another chance yesterday. … Read More