Wetland Management for Rails and finding tips

Auriel FournierBird Finding Tips, ScienceLeave a Comment

This kind of interspersion of different kinds of plants and open water is ideal for Rails. (Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City, MO) (Auriel Fournier)

Birders are nothing if not creatures of habit. We all have our spots and rely on them for X, Y and Z species every year. From the many emails I get from Missouri birders every year, it’s clear that very few people have a ‘rail spot’ and they all sound a bit exasperated trying to find one. They wished rails … Read More

Cape May Pt SP Snowbirds

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Listing, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

After wandering around the streets of Cape May Point for awhile but not being able to turn up the White-winged Dove, we decided to head over to the state park to see what was around. It was incredible to see the park covered in snow. Equally amazing was how active the birds were in the snow-covered, freezing landscape. Along the … Read More

Virginia Rails- up close and personal

Mike LanzoneBehavior, Science1 Comment

Throughout the year we get many rails and herons in the wetland in our yard, but seldom do we ever get to observe them at point blank range. The last few days several Virginia Rails have been around, and we got the opportunity to watch them in close detail as they fed. One bird in particular allowed Trish, Phoebe and … Read More

Rainy Day Birding

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, Migration, Photography1 Comment

Drew, Josh, and I birded a few places this morning and saw a handful of new spring migrants. Despite the rain, our morning was very productive and fun! Click on the links below to see our eBird checklist for that location. We stopped at Julian Wetlands first thing this morning and had 32 species there. A Bank Swallow was perched … Read More

Spring Migration Predictions – First Half of April

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Migration, Predictions, Ranges and Distributions14 Comments

Finally, it’s April. March was nice, but very few spring migrants returned to PA compared to what’s in store for us birders during April and May. During April, migration really picks up, and we should see most spring migrants back in the state by the end of this month. I went through the eBird bar charts for the PA and … Read More

Answers to Forest Fest Mystery Bird Quiz

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, Identification, Mystery Birds, quiz birds1 Comment

This past weekend, we celebrated Forest Fest at Penn State. At the festival, the avian outreach class had a table set up that talked about birding, demonstrated bird banding, and led a guided bird walk through the arboretum. We also had 10 photos, that I took, of 10 different species of birds for people to try and identify. Below are the photos … Read More

Idaho Highlights

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, Listing, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Research3 Comments

Anna and I have been working here in Idaho since April 4th. It has been a wonderful and bird-packed three and a half months, but now it must come to an end. On July 11th, Anna and I will begin our road trip down to Blythe, California, where we will be working for the remainder of the summer. For this … Read More

Past Two Days…..

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, General News and Info, Photography2 Comments

Anna and I have been out near the Island Park area of Idaho trying to conduct Flammulated Owl surveys in the Targhee National Forest for a few days now. Check out this post Anna put up yesterday if you want to read more. Rain has been a real pain for us and has resulted in a cancellation of last nights survey. The … Read More

Birding Canyon County

Anna FasoliBirding3 Comments

A few days ago, Alex and I had the pleasure of birding with Cheryl Huizinga, a local birder from Caldwell, ID.  She has lived here for most of her life and is extremely knowledgable about birds and where to see them in the area, and has already given us some great tips to find new birds this year.  One of our first stops was … Read More

Birding CJ Strike WMA and Ted Trueblood WMA

Anna FasoliBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, PhotographyLeave a Comment

On Easter, Alex and I drove south towards the Snake River to bird the CJ Strike WMA and Ted Trueblood WMA.  At a small marsh on the Snake River, Alex and I tried calling rails again, hoping to pull out a Sora.  Instead, we were answered by a chorus of Virginia Rails, including one that walked right up to us … Read More