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

Answer – September Quiz bird

Drew WeberBirding, Identification, quiz birds2 Comments

The September Quiz bird (watch the quiz video fullscreen before reading on) turned out to be quite a challenge as the bird never quite managed to satisfactorily show off its field marks in the video. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE5MBbL_dqE&w=700] The first step on a quiz like this is to decide what family it belongs to. At several points in the video we can see … Read More

Sharp-tailed Lifer

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Rarities5 Comments

  [dc]T[/dc]his morning I read of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper that was found at Irondequoit Bay near Rochester NY. After a well-timed text from Tom Johnson who told me it was probably legit, I hit the road in hopes of seeing a lifer. It’s been a long time since I was on a true chase, usually too far away from any … Read More