New Year Birding

Tim HealyBirding, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Year listing is one of the most popular traditions in the world of birding. The annual cycle of seasons is felt especially strongly by those of us who immerse ourselves in the world of birds, and each new year brings a new set of chances to enjoy unforgettable experiences. On behalf of the whole Nemesis Bird team, I’d like to … Read More

2018 Top 10 Lifers

Tim HealyBirding, General Rant, ListingLeave a Comment

At the end of every year, I like to take some time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year’s birding escapades. 2018 definitely had its rough spots, with a few painful dips and shortcomings scattered throughout, but on the whole it was a fantastic year chock full of great birds. Out of 526 species observed since January … Read More

Listing Priorities

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, eBird, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

The week began with a Barred Owl. Just minutes after midnight, my tired brain registered a series of emphatic hoots somewhere in the woods beyond the campground loop. I smiled as I continued preparing for bed. It had been 14 months since I last encountered the species, which is essentially unheard of on Long Island. These birds are quite common … Read More

Tern It Up

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Birding, General News and Info, Identification, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Long Island has no shortage of beaches. Depending on what coastal activities you prefer, there’s a debate to be had about which beach is best. My own opinions on the matter operate off different metrics than most swimmers and sunbathers. Even though Jones is the typical go-to for most of my beachy needs, my top pick varies largely based on … Read More

A May in the Life of a Birder

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Birding, Listing, Migration, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

A cut above the rest!

Week 1: So it begins Even though the first waves of Neotropical migrants typically arrive before the calendar changes to the fifth month, most East Coast birders would agree that May is the peak of the excitement. This year, some of my migration highlights came a little early. A few advance bouts of favorable conditions brought Prairie Warblers, Northern Parulas, … Read More

Tim’s Tips for Surviving the Birding Doldrums

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Birding, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Not all months are created equal. Seasonal changes can be a double-edged sword, and the same natural cycles that provide fresh turnover in avian activity can also result in relative droughts when birds seem few and far between. Here in New York, March is consistently the least exciting stretch of the year. With wintering species disappearing and the prospect of … Read More

Get ready for eBird Profiles!

Drew WeberBird Websites, Birding, Featured, Listing, Reviews4 Comments

eBird is slowly and steadily becoming the go-to bird observation collection tool for birders around the world, and has reached this point by regularly releasing new tools to see what others are reporting, compete with your fellow birders on any geographical level, and learn all about ranges and distributions of birds on a global scale. While it has been game-changing to … Read More

Big Years ending, more starting up!

Drew WeberBirding, General News and Info, Listing2 Comments

The start of a new year is a great time to look at all of the Big Years that were completed in 2015, and the new efforts that are just starting. There were some very notable big year efforts in 2015, and some equally World Big Year With 6,042 species, Noah Strycker not only passed the old record…he thoroughly crushed it and … Read More

Borneo Big Day

Steve BrennerBig Days, Birding, Listing, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Hank Aaron, Edmund Hillary, Billy Mitchell: record holders and champions of their respective fields. While a big day of birding isn’t exactly the same as reaching the summit of Everest or holding the highest score in Q*bert, the task of racking up as many species as possible in 24 hours can be daunting in its own right. Make the birding location … Read More

Almost a nemesis

Drew WeberBird Sightings, ListingLeave a Comment

One of my targets for my recent trip to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival was the Florida’s only endemic bird– the Florida Scrub-Jay, a social member of the corvid family. There are 2 other species of scrub-jay, Western Scrub-Jay which I’ve seen in Arizona, and Island Scrub-Jay, which is found on the Channel Islands off the coast of Los … Read More