Finch Flight Frenzy

Tim HealyBird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, Predictions, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

“Mr. Healy, I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you.” My coworker approached me as I was stowing my binoculars after a brief pre-work survey of the schoolyard. “I’ve been at my place in northern Jersey for years now, but this year I’ve noticed something different. There are these birds, I can only describe them as…finches?” I smiled, … Read More

Birding Both Ends: Two Long Island Rarities

Tim HealyBird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

When it rains, it pours. Fall migration can feel a bit slow at times when the winds and weather fail to cooperate, but these bouts of inactivity are frequently punctuated by impressive flights and exciting vagrants. Once the conditions finally shift favorably after a few days of stagnation, the action along the Atlantic Flyway can really heat up. Coastal New … Read More

The Satisfaction of Discovery

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, RaritiesLeave a Comment

The excitement of a rarity chase is one of my favorite aspects of birding, but it’s nothing compared to the thrill of finding something unusual yourself. For me, the feeling of accomplishment that comes with turning up even a minor regional oddity often rivals the triumphant joy of a successful twitch or long-distance trip. That finder’s high is a hell … Read More

New York’s Magic Pelagic

Tim HealyBird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, Mammals, Rarities, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Pelagic birding trips appeal to my inner explorer. Searching for wildlife on the high seas offers a special kind of thrill, an opportunity to break from more typical, terrestrial efforts and visit a realm beyond the boundaries of humanity’s collective comfort zone. The inhabitants of this habitat are inherently fascinating in their adaptations and lifestyles. Truly monumental surprises can occur … Read More

Tern It Up

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Birding, General News and Info, Identification, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Long Island has no shortage of beaches. Depending on what coastal activities you prefer, there’s a debate to be had about which beach is best. My own opinions on the matter operate off different metrics than most swimmers and sunbathers. Even though Jones is the typical go-to for most of my beachy needs, my top pick varies largely based on … Read More

Snowy Owl Season: Reflections on Winter 2017-18

Tim HealyBird News, Birding, Conservation Issues, eBird, General Rant, ScienceLeave a Comment

Please enjoy owls responsibly

Bubo scandiacus is a highly evocative species. One of the largest, most striking members of the ever popular owl family, Snowies have a special magic that drives people wild. Wherever these Arctic predators go, excitement bordering on chaos usually follows. I’ve been hooked on Snowy Owls my entire life. I spent my early childhood dragging around a beloved plush Snowy, … Read More

Recap of the Long Island Corn Crake

Steve BrennerBirding, Chase, General News and Info, RaritiesLeave a Comment

First off, there were far too many “punny” titles for this post (almost none of which I thought up on my own/didn’t steal from an internet meme) – “Children of the Corncrake” – “Jimmy Crake Corn and I don’t care” – “Crexit through the gift shop”…you get the idea. By now, it’s a well known saga involving the Long Island … Read More

eBird Explore pages get new, Illustrated Checklist view

Drew WeberBird Websites, General News and Info3 Comments

For the last several weeks there, eBird has been testing a cool new view in the Regional and Hotspot Explorer pages. Dubbed the Illustrated Checklist, I think this new feature will quickly become the default page people use to check out new hotspots to explore. At its most basic, the Illustrated Checklists lists every species that has been recorded in … Read More

4th of July Birding Challenge!

Steve BrennerBig Days, Birding, General News and Info4 Comments

It’s that time of year again…..fireworks, patriotism, awkward outdoor barbecues with people you know from work. But the real highlight of every 4th? The annual NemesisBird 4th of July Birding challenge. It’s really the highlight of America in general – I’d like to think that this prize-less birding contest is now included in some of our country’s most cherished traditions: … Read More

The Easiest Way to Map Your eBird History #myebirdhistory

Drew WeberBirding, General News and Info, TutorialLeave a Comment

I was recently introduced to a mapping website that works well with eBird data by a Facebook post by Ted Floyd. Hamstermap.com lets you upload simple latitude/longitude data and display it on a map for quick visualization of all sorts of great things, in this case your personal eBird data. I’ll show you some of the maps I created, and … Read More