Delaware Anna’s Hummingbird – Then and Now

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, Identification, Rarities3 Comments

Read some newer info about the identification of this bird. During the late fall of 2012 it seemed almost as if a western hummingbird invasion was occurring across the eastern states, with hundreds of reports of Rufous Hummingbirds visiting people’s yards in addition to multiple reports of Allen’s, Black-chinned, Calliope, Costa’s, and Anna’s. In November of 2012, an Anna’s Hummingbird … Read More

A three redpoll taxa day in PA

Drew WeberBirding, Featured, Identification, Rarities1 Comment

The Redpoll Challenge, to see all four New World taxa of redpolls (Greater Acanthis flammea rostrata, Common A. f. flammea, Hornemann’s A. hornemanni hornemanni, and Hoary A. h. exilipes) in a single flock was raised by Ron Pittaway in 2007. Since then, the challenge has been met a couple of times, but until this winter it had never occurred in … Read More

Heron Hybrid – Merritt Island NWR, Florida

Alex LamoreauxIdentification, Mystery Birds10 Comments

On March 25th, a very interesting heron was photographed by two birders at Merrrit Island NWR, near Titusville on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Ann Gaillard and Joyce Stefancic both photographed the heron shown below independently of each other along the Black Point Wildlife Drive, and allowed me permission to show their photos on this post. Study these first two … Read More

Amazing World of Redpolls

Erik BruhnkeIdentification, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities1 Comment

Hoary Redpoll (female)

Redpolls are hardy little birds of the world’s northern tier. They breed in areas throughout the tundra where the short-growing willows speckle the landscape, during the refreshingly-cool (not dangerously-cold) summer months. Throughout the winter months, many of them head southward in search of food, often clinging to the largest expanses of alder and birch for their supply of catkins to … Read More

Winter Finches ID Quiz (with answers)

Erik BruhnkeIdentification, quiz birdsLeave a Comment

I hope all of you enjoyed looking at the winter finch photo from earlier in this week! Below is the same photo, with the bird species pointed-out appropriately. Most of the finches in this photo are Red Crossbills. The male Red Crossbills host a tomato-red coloration throughout their heads, upper backside, and the entire throat and underbelly. Their wings are … Read More

Winter Finches ID Quiz

Erik BruhnkeGeneral News and Info, Identification, quiz birds1 Comment

Finches are spectacular.  Some finch species are highly nomadic, and are prone to massive irruptions throughout select regions of North America. Some finch species are local, year-round residents. There are some finch species which look the same all year long, and there are other finch species that undergo stunning transformations of immaculately-colored feathers, which replace their drabber winter plumage. The … Read More

Find the Owls – Answers!

Erik BruhnkeBird Finding Tips, General News and Info, quiz birds1 Comment

Here is the same photo that was posted earlier this morning… this time with both owls pointed out. The small, brown Northern Saw-whet Owl is tucked away on the left side of the picture, whereas the Boreal Owl is sleeping away on the right. Kudos to everyone that spotted these owls. I am thankful and very privileged to live in such a … Read More

Find the Owls

Erik BruhnkeGeneral News and Info, quiz birds3 Comments

Can you find the two owls in this photo? This photo was taken last month along the shoreline of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. There is a Boreal Owl in this photo as well as a Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Click the image for a larger view of this photo. The answer is posted here. Have fun!

New birding apps roundup

Drew WeberApps, Birding, Identification, Listing, Reviews2 Comments

There is a constant flood of new apps available for iPhone, but it’s less common that one of these apps is for birding. Recently there has been a bunch of new releases that birders might be interested in. Some may have been out for a while but I just happened across them now and found them interesting. Games Birding Game … Read More