How I Twitch Using eBird

ZacharyBirding, Chase, eBird2 Comments

Some time ago, I did a half-day trip and drove cross-state to score a regional rarity. The target bird was a juvenile White Ibis at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in SE Michigan. In this post, I’d like to highlight the way I prepare for a twitch like this one, and explain how I used eBird data to make my … Read More

Delaware Day Trip

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

On August 12th Chad Kauffman, Andy McGann, Jason Weller, and I traveled down to Delaware to check out various shorebird hotspots as well as try to boost our personal Delaware state lists. There was also quite a bit of lifer potential for Jason which always makes a trip more fun because I love helping people see a species for the … Read More

Conejohela Flats – Black Terns and Stilt Sandpiper

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

This morning Ian Gardner and I took the short drive down to Conejohela Flats from Hershey. We arrived at 8:20am and kayaked around for 2.5 hours. The weather started off very windy with rough water on the river, and heavy cloud cover. Later in the morning, the wind died down and the sun came out. The water level in the area … Read More

When a Bird Becomes an Individual: the One-legged Great Egret

Andy McGannBanding, Bird Websites, eBird, Nemesis Bird Podcast, ScienceLeave a Comment

Books can be (and are) written about the ornithological knowledge gained through studies that involve the practice known as “bird banding” (or “ringing” overseas). To put it simply, banding involves the capture and marking of a wild bird with a unique serial number.  In the USA and Canada, those numbers are generated by the US Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Laboratory. … Read More

Mid-summer Yard and Patch updates

Drew WeberBirding, Contests, eBirdLeave a Comment

It’s mid-summer and the frenzied pace of adding species to yard and patch lists has likely slowed down for a while. I thought it would be interesting to see what the first 6 months have produced. There are some very impressive yard lists from the first half of the year in all size classes. At least one person has managed … Read More

How to put Google Maps in eBird Species Comments

ZacharyeBird, TutorialLeave a Comment

You’re probably getting excited…  Google Maps in eBird checklists??  Yes, it’s real! Here’s an example: But before I let you in on how to do this, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Zachary DeBruine, a Hope College, MI Biochemistry major, also an on-the-side eBird-affiliated web developer (check out my website: www.birdventurebirding.com), a classical organist/pianist, and a birder. In the past, … Read More

BirdTrax: a new eBird tool from Birdventure

Drew WeberBird Sightings, eBirdLeave a Comment

Just last night, Zachary DeBruine released a total rewrite of the eBird Recent Sightings gadget. BirdTrax allows you to keep a close eye on local sightings, either close to a set of coordinates, in a county, or a state/province. You initially are at the Sightings tab and get a list of species that were recently seen in your area of … Read More

eBird Hotspot Merging Tutorial

Drew WebereBird, Nemesis Bird Podcast, Tutorial1 Comment

Sometimes you just gotta clean up your eBird locations. Maybe you’ve made personal locations in an area that now has a hotspot and want your data to contribute to the hotspot barcharts and species lists. Follow the tutorial below to learn how to do this.

Photo Study: Dickcissels in Mercer County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, photo study, Photography, Rarities9 Comments

Drew recently posted about this summer’s influx of Dickcissel sightings throughout Pennsylvania. This past Saturday, I was finally able to get in on the action and visit a site in Mercer County where quite a few Dickcissels have been seen over the past two weeks. After a few minutes of trying to find the exact spot, my friend Josh Lefever … Read More

Dickcissel Summer

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Science9 Comments

[dc]T[/dc]his year, Pennsylvania is experiencing an increase in Dickcissel sightings, particularly in the western counties. Whether this is more coverage by birders or actual increases is hard to tell. Yesterday, Bob Mulvihill shared a great article he wrote in Pennsylvania Birds on the Dickcissel invasion in 1988 which linked that influx to the droughts in the central part of the US. … Read More