One day wonder: Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Illinois!

Nathan GoldbergBirding, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Rarities2 Comments

On Monday, May 12, an email went out to the Illinois birding community that the Bowman brothers (Chris and Mark) had found a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois (Kane County). The last Fork-tailed Flycatcher seen in Illinois that many people saw was a one day wonder found by Josh Engel at Paul Douglas Forest Preserve (Cook County) … Read More

5 to 500

Tim SchreckengostListing1 Comment

Every avid lister knows the life list benchmarks. When you start birding you are learning the fundamentals, but in the back of your mind you’re thinking about hitting 100, 200, and 300 life birds. I’ve been birding, listing, and eBirding for about five years now and have tallied almost 500 life birds. Hell, I observed 439 species in 2013 (a … Read More

Nemesis Birding 101

Luke MusherBird Finding Tips, Birding, Listing32 Comments

It’s 7am in mid May 2011 on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, OH when I hear it—chippy chuppy chippy chuppy chip—only a few meters away.  My heart starts pounding and I’m peering into dense leafy understory searching out a small yellow and olive bird walking on the ground, feeding spasmodically but hen-like in the dirt and leaves.  Where is it? … Read More

Cape May Pt SP Snowbirds

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Listing, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

After wandering around the streets of Cape May Point for awhile but not being able to turn up the White-winged Dove, we decided to head over to the state park to see what was around. It was incredible to see the park covered in snow. Equally amazing was how active the birds were in the snow-covered, freezing landscape. Along the … Read More

December Marbled Godwit – Pittsburgh, PA

Alex LamoreauxChase, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Yesterday morning Jack and Sue Solomon discovered a Marbled Godwit, a very unusual bird for this time of the year in PA. This is also the first sighting of this species in the state in two years! The Solomon’s found the godwit foraging on the exposed mudflat at Duck Hollow along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. This is a late … Read More

Rhode Island Photo Highlights

Steve BrennerBirding, Listing, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Last week, I took a little trip to the lovely New England state of Rhode Island. Anytime I visit the Atlantic Coast, I am always impressed by the bounty of birds available, even during days with little migration. Possibly my favorite aspect about that part of the country is the near guarantee of finding a lot of shorebirds. We don’t … Read More