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

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. 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 the … 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

Rufous Hummingbird – Onondaga County NY

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, IdentificationLeave a Comment

[dc]T[/dc]his morning I got out pretty early to look for the Rufous Hummingbird that was coming to a feeder in Phoenix. It was overcast but calm as I pulled up in front of the house and walked around to the back. There were only two other birders there and they said that they hadn’t seen it yet. We didn’t have … Read More

Montezuma NWR Cattle Egret

Drew WeberBird Sightings, BirdingLeave a Comment

This morning I drove over to Montezuma NWR in search of the Cattle Egret, Hudsonian Godwits and American Avocets that had been reported yesterday. The Cattle Egret was conveniently waiting for me out in the open at Benning Marsh. I took some video just which was made difficult by the bright sun and white egret but I thought it was … Read More