Fork-tailed Flycatcher! – Cape May Autumn Birding Festival

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Cape May has been having an incredible run of rarities this fall, and with Whiskered Tern capping off September and a Vermilion Flycatcher earlier this month, this past weekend’s Cape May Autumn Birding Festival was bound to turn up something crazy! An American White Pelican kicked off the rarity excitement when Bill Boyle spotted one soaring and flying around fairly low … Read More

Sparrow Obsession

a guest bloggerBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Featured1 Comment

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

Vermilion Flycatcher! – Cape May, NJ

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Chase, Rarities1 Comment

Cape May is having a great run of rarities this fall, and yesterday morning Richard Crossley (of the Crossley ID guides) added to the madness by discovering a beautiful young male Vermilion Flycatcher hawking insects at the Rea Farm (aka The Beanery) in West Cape May! The flycatcher spent the rest of the day showing off for birders by perching at … Read More

Rough day for catbirds

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Migration3 Comments

Throughout the northeast lots of Gray Catbirds are migrating south on a daily basis. It is also peak falcon migration right now. You can probably guess that this combination isn’t going to fair too well for some catbirds…sure enough, today at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch we had a Merlin fly in after crossing Delaware Bay, drop down into the brush near the hawkwatch, and … Read More

Upstate Dickcissel

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I’ve got a favorite sparrow patch in Syracuse that I like to visit frequently. It’s right by the Inner Harbor, and is an overgrown weedy field that is probably going to turn into some development project in a few years. It’s a new spot, as last year it was mostly gravel and bare dirt, but now it is gloriously overgrown … Read More

Connecticut Warbler at Tuckahoe State Park

Tim SchreckengostBird SightingsLeave a Comment

A few minutes before sunrise this morning, Alex and I made our way to the start of our first transect for the day – Tuckahoe State Park in Caroline County, Maryland. Alex and I are working together this fall, where we are conducting surveys for migrants throughout Delaware and Maryland. Anyway, Alex went ahead and started the bird survey, while … Read More

Photo Essay: Iceland birds

Luke MusherBird Sightings, BirdingLeave a Comment

Some of you may know, (though most of you probably don’t and why would you?), that I was just in Iceland with my girlfriend, Audrey (everybody please give her a warm welcome to the birding community), for a combination of hiking, camping, birding, and general nature viewing.  I’d never been to the Arctic before this… and I still haven’t!  Iceland … Read More

The Puffins of Latrabjarg

Luke MusherBird Sightings, Birding, PhotographyLeave a Comment

Puffins are definitely one of those captivating and exciting animals that anyone will enjoy looking at.  Perhaps  it’s their clownish and colorful faces, or superficial resemblance to penguins which draws so many people to them. Although you don’t have to go all the way to Iceland to see them (Pelagic Boats out of the northeast in winter, or on their … Read More

Photo Study – Idaho Harlequin Duck

Alex LamoreauxBehavior, Bird Sightings, photo study2 Comments

Whether floating along rocky ocean shorelines or navigating the raging rapids of a mountain stream, Harlequin Ducks are totally at home in rough water. The fast-flowing, high elevation rivers and creeks flowing throughout the boreal forests of northern Idaho are the perfect haven for these colorful ducks, and I was really looking forward to turning one up while I’m working … Read More