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

A successful chase: Black-throated Gray Warbler

Drew WeberBirding, Chase, Rarities4 Comments

This afternoon as I was picking up Justine after classes at SUNY-ESF, I got a text message that a Black-throated Gray Warbler had been spotted and confirmed at Sunset Bay Park in Oswego County. Well, I had little hope of zipping right up there because Justine has a big stats exam to study for, but amazingly I managed to convince … Read More

Rochester finches

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info2 Comments

On Sunday Ramsay called itching to take a trip to see some winter finches. A couple spots around Rochester have been reliably reporting good flocks of crossbills and redpolls at the Holy Sepulchre cemetery and Pine Grosbeaks at campground area of Webster Park along Lake Ontario. We had great luck immediately when we arrived at #21 in the Riverside/Holy Sepulchre … 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

Am I in Nebraska?

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I had a great morning of birding today. The plan was to head to Montezuma NWR and try to relocate the Yellow-headed Blackbird that had been spotted by several people a couple days ago. This would be a great bird to add to my still quickly growing NY state list. I actually didn’t have high hopes of finding it as … Read More