October Big Day 2019

Tim HealyBig Days, Bird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, Listing, Mammals, Migration, Migration Update, Rarities, Science, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Who doesn’t love a Big Day? Any excuse to get out and count birds in the name of science is a worthwhile cause in my book. eBird has been orchestrating Global Big Day events each May since 2015, an international effort to record as many of the world’s species as possible within a 24 hour period. Last fall, the Cornell-based … Read More

Finding a Little Gull in Illinois

Nathan GoldbergBirding, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Three days ago, March 26th, I had only about six hours to go birding. I talked with my friend Andy Sigler to see what would be possible, and we outlined the possibilities. We could go to the Kankakee River (Kankakee County) for White-winged Scoters, go to Dresden Lock and Dam (Grundy County) for White-winged and possibly a Surf Scoter, hit … Read More

Phone Skope Big Year 2014

Tim SchreckengostBirdingLeave a Comment

Towards the end of 2013 I started thinking about how I could do a Big Year. I really enjoy digiscoping, so why not a Phone Skope Big Year? I am trying to digiscope as many species as possible with my iPhone 5 and Phone Skope Adapter using a variety of optics. My goal is to digiscope 200 species for the … Read More

Williams Road Red-headed Woodpeckers

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding2 Comments

I have been stopping by Colyer Lake quite a bit recently and have started taking Williams Road on my way back to State College to check on the Red-headed Woodpeckers that can occasionally be seen there. I generally just see a single bird, usually perched on one of the utility poles along the road. Today however, there was a second … Read More