Piping Plovers – Beyond Cute

Jordan RutterBanding, Conservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, General News and Info, Identification, Ranges and Distributions4 Comments

Many birders are familiar with this small migratory shorebird and some know of its endangered status. Not to mention the fact that they’re adorable. But there’s a lot more about Piping Plovers (PIPL) than their good looks. There are two subspecies in three distinct populations of Piping Plovers. The Atlantic coast has its own subspecies (Charadrius melodus melodus) while the internal … Read More

Starting off 2012 the Florida way….

Anna FasoliBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography1 Comment

I managed to end my 2011 year list with 439 species, just a few short of my 2010 total. I added 20 species in the last week of the year alone, travelling from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and down the Atlantic coast to Jacksonville, Florida.  Alex and I made a quick stop to see the Snowy Owl at Merrill Creek … Read More

Glaucous Gull – Huguenot Memorial City Park, Florida

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, birds in flight, General News and Info, Identification, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

Anna and I are slowly making our way towards Gainesville, Florida where Anna is starting a job soon. Today we stopped at Huguenot Memorial City Park which is east of Jacksonville. Huguenot Memorial City Park is a famous birding spot on the northeastern coast of Florida. Anna and I had been here once before and loved it, so we knew … Read More

Cape May Trip – Part 5

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

This is the fifth part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.  The number one reason we really, really wanted to go to Cape May was to see the now-famous Brown Booby that has been living in Jarvis Sound since August. We knew it … Read More