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

Life Looks – Kirtland’s Warbler

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I once had a run in with a Kirtland’s Warbler, a debacle which is described in this post. My first visit to the famed migration hotspot, Magee Marsh, and I just happened to be an hour away on a canoe when hundreds of people were getting face melting looks at a cooperative Kirtland’s Warbler. By the time I made it back … Read More

California Gulls vs Cliff Swallows

Cory DeSteinBehavior, Bird Sightings, Birding, Photography, Science2 Comments

This Memorial Day weekend I headed into the Yellowstone Ecosystem for some birding and wildlife watching. The highlight of the weekend was at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Lima, MT where myself and a friend observed a California Gull actively hunting Cliff Swallows.  At Lower Red Rock Lake the swallows had formed a small nesting colony beneath a … Read More

Birding Cup 2014 Summary

a guest bloggerBig Days, Bird Sightings, Birding, MigrationLeave a Comment

Pennsylvania birder Matt Sabatine, a new addition to this year’s Nemesis Birders line-up for the Shaver’s Creek Birding Cup competition, offers his perspective on the team’s Big Day attempt. Gordon Dimmig provided a few photos he took while birding with us during the afternoon of the Birding Cup. Follow links to eBird checklists! The days leading up to the annual Shaver’s Creek Birding … Read More

Franklin’s Gull – Centre County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Late yesterday afternoon during the annual Shaver’s Creek Birding Cup my team, the Nemesis Birders, were racing around trying to pick up as many new species as possible before the 7pm finish time. We were headed from Black Moshannon SP and going to finish out the day at Bald Eagle SP, however when we passed Curtin Wetlands a large flock of … Read More

Close encounters of the feathered kind

Tiffany KerstenBird Sightings, BirdingLeave a Comment

Late last week brought the first spring fallout of warblers to South Padre Island. Trans-gulf migrants, or birds that cut straight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula, find themselves exhausted upon reaching land. If the winds are right (right being a rather awful term, because although great for birding, it is awful for the birds as many … Read More

Winter Waterfowl in Illinois

Nathan GoldbergBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Last Saturday (the 15th), Michael Retter and Matt Hale drove up from West Lafayette to stay at my house for the weekend (specifically for the Gull Frolic, more on that coming soon). They had to head out on Sunday, but before they left, we birded a bit looking for Scoters on the lakefront. This winter has been quite unlike others … Read More