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

Arizona Birding Adventures, Part 2

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Butterflies and Moths, Mammals, Rarities, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

It was difficult to leave Portal behind after the fantastic experiences I enjoyed while exploring the Chiricahuas. I’d seen so much in such a short period of time that even if the remaining days of the trip were completely birdless I would still consider the vacation a success. Of course, the second half of my visit to southeastern Arizona turned … Read More

Arizona Birding Adventures, Part 1

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Butterflies and Moths, Mammals, Rarities, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

The last time I visited Arizona was the first time I visited Arizona. During the summer of 2005, my family embarked on one of our most ambitious cross-country camping trips, driving through the Rockies from New York to California and returning by way of the desert southwest. Our time in the state was focused on visiting the National Parks: Grand … Read More

Northeast Goose Finding Tactics

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Featured, General News and Info1 Comment

With the Delaware Goose-a-palooza 2016 coming up this weekend, we’ve put together a short summary of the Northeast’s common and unusual goose species and also a few helpful links for participants. Remember that if you haven’t signed up for the event, please email Alan Kneidel and he can register you for a team and goose-searching territory. The objective for each team during the Goose-a-palooza is … Read More

Birding in Tokyo

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This post comes from Allison Miller, an avid birder and raptor technician at the Avian Reconditioning Center in Apopka, FL. Allison was lucky enough to travel to Tokyo recently, and has these bird hotspots to share with us. I recently found myself in Tokyo for a week, and unlike my previous visits to the city, I spent a lot of time looking at birds. I’m a much … Read More

4 Tips for finding uncommon geese

Tim SchreckengostBird Finding Tips3 Comments

Ah, it’s that time of year, the time when geese congregate in fields hoping a birder will come pick through them. Looking at geese can be overwhelming and may not seem appealing to most, but to me, goosing is my go-to, or jam if you will, this time of year. If you want to find uncommon geese, here are four … Read More

Sparrow Obsession

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Guest contributor Matt Sabatine is back with some information on his recent Nelson’s Sparrow obsession, as well as tips on where to look for them during fall migration in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!   What began as a halfhearted attempt at finding a Nelson’s Sparrow for the fall soon turned into a temporary obsession. On the morning of October 11th, I rolled … Read More

Alcids of the Olympic Peninsula

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Featured, Trip Reports1 Comment

Dense temperate rainforest covers the Olympic Peninsula of Washington right up until the coastline, then rocky cliffs and towering islands create a stunning landscape where at least 12 species of alcids can be seen from shore or by taking a boat just a few miles out onto the ocean. Most people, even non-birders, are familiar with puffins – the iconic alcid. … Read More

Chase-able Common Murre – Cape May, NJ

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Featured, Maps and Directions, Rarities2 Comments

Any murre species, and most alcids in general are difficult to see from land along the east coast. Most winters, small numbers of Razorbills can usually be seen migrating from shore but most birders must venture out on a boat to find the others. A report from Tom Baxter of a murre species found floating on Sunset Lake near Wildwood … Read More