Birding Both Ends: Two Long Island Rarities

Tim HealyBird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

When it rains, it pours. Fall migration can feel a bit slow at times when the winds and weather fail to cooperate, but these bouts of inactivity are frequently punctuated by impressive flights and exciting vagrants. Once the conditions finally shift favorably after a few days of stagnation, the action along the Atlantic Flyway can really heat up. Coastal New … Read More

Sparrow Survey: Assessing Environmentally Friendly Land Use

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Conservation Issues, eBird, Field Work, Migration, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

It’s been some years since I worked full-time for any kind of field research project. My current job as a biology teacher doesn’t offer quite as many opportunities to “do science” outside the classroom, but I still find ways to get my fix. Ecology-focused field trips and school projects allow me to share the importance of the natural world with … Read More

The Satisfaction of Discovery

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, RaritiesLeave a Comment

The excitement of a rarity chase is one of my favorite aspects of birding, but it’s nothing compared to the thrill of finding something unusual yourself. For me, the feeling of accomplishment that comes with turning up even a minor regional oddity often rivals the triumphant joy of a successful twitch or long-distance trip. That finder’s high is a hell … Read More

Tern It Up

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Birding, General News and Info, Identification, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Long Island has no shortage of beaches. Depending on what coastal activities you prefer, there’s a debate to be had about which beach is best. My own opinions on the matter operate off different metrics than most swimmers and sunbathers. Even though Jones is the typical go-to for most of my beachy needs, my top pick varies largely based on … 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

Recap of the Long Island Corn Crake

Steve BrennerBirding, Chase, General News and Info, RaritiesLeave a Comment

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 idea. By now, it’s a well known saga involving the Long Island … Read More

Long Island Chase – Common Ground-Dove 11/16

Nathan GoldbergBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I recently took a hiatus from blogging (mostly unintentionally), but would like to change that in upcoming months. In these past few months, I have been getting accustomed to the college life, as I am now an undergrad at Cornell University (in Ithaca, NY). Birding out here is amazing, and the community around Cornell is quite special.  There are many … Read More

Hunting for a Gyrfalcon

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Featured, Rarities2 Comments

My friends and I always plan a New Years trip to kick off another year with a few days of birding the Atlantic Coast. This year the focus of our trip was clear from the start – there was a Gyrfalcon on Long Island. Reports had been coming in sporadically that the immature Gyrfalcon seen a few times last winter … Read More

Last minute duck luck on Long Island, New York

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, Listing, Migration, Missed Birds, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

Ian Gardner, Josh Lefever, and I camped in my SUV on the night of November 16th. We parked the car near Alley Pond Park, with plans to be able to wake up the next morning and already be right there to try for the Virginia’s Warbler. This was the first night of our 5 day trip through coastal New England. … Read More