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