Winter Warblers

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Featured, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Originally posted Dec 2013. By December, most warbler species have made it to Central and/or South America where they will spend the rest of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter and then return back North to their breeding grounds. I say most warblers because some species like Yellow-rumped Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers can survive cold temperatures and actually over-winter successfully in parts … Read More

Whimbrel at Somerset Lake (AGAIN!)

Andy McGannBird News, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

Lightning struck a second time today at Somerset Lake IBA. After work, Mike Lanzone and Jeff Payne stopped by the lake, hoping for a White-rumped Sandpiper or maybe even a Red Knot. They were both shocked to find a WHIMBREL instead. This Arctic-to-Caribbean-and-back migrant is a powerful flier, and research by the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked Whimbrels regularly … Read More

Video! Couch’s Kingbird – Allegany County, Maryland

Andy McGannBird News, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Rarities2 Comments

With CBC season on the horizon, this reminds me of an old saying by one of my favorite compilers. “Any yellow birds?? Anything yellow on a Christmas Bird Count is a good bird!” This is a very improbable bird. What we have here is Maryland’s first record of Couch’s Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii). While November is historically a fantastic month for finding … Read More

Whiskered Tern – The Video

Andy McGannBirding, birds in flight, Chase, Featured, Rarities4 Comments

Heads up, this video is set to (loud) music. By now, we all know the story. On Friday, September 12, 2014, a Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) was found in Cape May, New Jersey by Louise Zemaitis and Alec Humann. Only the third North American record, the previous two records, in 1993 and 1998, both occurred in Cape May. The species … Read More

How to React at the Biggest Week

Steve BrennerBirding1 Comment

It’s almost here! With less than a month until the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival in northwest Ohio, we here at Nemesis Bird can hardly hide our excitement. Face-melting closeups of warblers, mind-blowing movements of mass migration, and the coolest crowd of birders hanging out in one place!?! I’ll admit, the festival can be a little overwhelming. Never fear, … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 9 – Oropendula and Great-tailed Grackle Roost

Tim SchreckengostPhotographyLeave a Comment

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. –~~=-=~~– Drew had the chance to watch an incredible number of Montezuma and Chestnut-headed Oropendula’s, … Read More

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Hadlyme, Connecticut

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Chase, Rarities3 Comments

Even aside from their ridiculously long tails, the Fork-tailed Flycatcher is beautiful. This bird’s black cap and light gray mantle make it one of the most interesting Tyrannus flyatchers – one of those birds that has always made me pause while skimming through a field guide and admire it. I always felt as if the Fork-tailed Flycatcher was a mythical … Read More

Snowy Owl – Berks County, PA

Alex LamoreauxChase, Rarities5 Comments

Two Snowy Owls were reported at Presque Isle SP on Lake Erie during the past week, adding Pennsylvania to the growing list of East Coast states being invaded by Snowy Owls so far this month. This morning, Loretta Gehman’s husband discovered the state’s third Snowy Owl of the season – this one near Myerstown in Berks County, perched on the roof … Read More

Review: iPhone 5s – video magic

Drew WeberGear, Photography, ReviewsLeave a Comment

There is nothing that does a better job telling a story than great videos of your birding adventures. But as we all know there is a huge difference between the quality of digiscoped videos. In this review, we are putting the new 5s to the test and showing you its capabilities and some tricks so you can make the best … Read More

Birding Delaware: Indian River Inlet to Bombay Hook

Tim SchreckengostBirding, ListingLeave a Comment

Two Sundays ago, Alex and I, along with Chad Kaufman, Taj Schottland, Steve Brenner, and Mel Torres tore it up in southern Delaware. We didn’t plan on doing a Big Day but instead were planning on a full day of casual, relaxed birding. After a late night of birding and hanging out at Dogfish Head, we started the morning searching … Read More