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

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