The NNY Northern Wheatear

Drew WeberChase, Rarities4 Comments

What does it take to drop everything and drive an hour to see a bird? Apparently a Northern Wheatear was enough for me when I got the alert that there was one at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. I’ve seen Northern Wheatears in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, but its been quite a few years. Anyways, as luck would have … Read More

Willow Ptarmigan – 1st for New York!

Alex LamoreauxChase, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities9 Comments

Today myself and 8 fellow PA birders embarked on a weekend-long PSO field trip to the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, however our plans took a very unexpected turn when I noticed a forwarded email. It was from Drew, saying that there was a Willow Ptarmigan on Point Peninsula in Jefferson County reported by Eugene Nichols. Obviously we were all quite skeptical of … Read More

Snowy Owls from NY to NJ

Alex LamoreauxBirding, photo study, Trip Reports2 Comments

It’s no secret that Snowy Owls are almost everywhere this winter. My friends and I went on a 5 day trip for New Years and were able to see 8 different owls without going out of our way! In fact the first bird of the trip was a Snowy I spotted along the Jones Beach Ocean Parkway perched at the … Read More

Gull-tastic Buffalo

Steve BrennerBirding, Rarities2 Comments

Once you’ve tried all the chicken wings, visited some Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and watched the Sabres lose a few hockey games, you might think you have seen all there is to see in Buffalo. Well, guess again weary traveler, because if you can brave the high winds an chilly air, you may just happen across a gull bonanza along … Read More

Late central New York Hummer

Drew WeberBirdingLeave a Comment

This morning I had the pleasure of visiting a home that is hosting a very late hummingbird. Generally, hummingbirds should be gone from central New York by mid-September. A late hummingbird is exciting because frequently, a hummingbird after November 1st is a Rufous Hummingbird. Particularly intriguing about this bird was that when I talked to the homeowner on the phone, … Read More

MEGA: Buffalo Brown Booby!

Steve BrennerBirding, Chase, Rarities2 Comments

***UPDATE*** As of 8:30 this morning (10/8/13), we had the Brown Booby giving excellent looks at the Erie Basin Marina. Here is a short video I took of the bird doing an awesome flyby of our viewing point. The bird appears to be an adult female. Perhaps the best part of this video is not the booby, but rather the … Read More

Upstate NY Arctic Tern

Drew WeberBirding, Rarities1 Comment

Having a nearby birding spot to stop and scan for birds is great. When you read through the listservs, you will probably notice that there are certain birders who seem to always bird the same area, and are often turning up great birds just from frequenting that favorite spot. I have a great spot that I can frequently visit over … Read More

Bird Surprises

Justine WeberBird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, ScienceLeave a Comment

Before moving to Syracuse and becoming a plant ecology graduate student, my field work was bird-based. I was a point-counter, transect-walker, and wife of the bird-obsessed. In fact, last summer’s field season left me with the vestiges of being a real birder – I realized this after I found myself subconsciously tallying what birds and how many were singing in … Read More

White-rumped Sandpipers in Monroe County

Corey HusicBird Sightings, BirdingLeave a Comment

While birding western Monroe County yesterday, Michael David and I found a flock of nine White-rumped Sandpipers with a few Killdeer in a flooded soybean field near the village of Kresgeville. This was my first record of this species for the county! This location provides decent shorebird habitat only after heavy rains, so our timing was great after the big … Read More