Fun Challenges and Cautionary Tales from Fall Banding

Steve BrennerBanding, Identification, MigrationLeave a Comment

Fall migration out east is a conflicting time for birders: the rarity machine is usually churning out goodies after goodies. Also, fall warblers dressed in brand-new plumage are pulsing through the woodlots of every town. These days most birders have come to appreciate the subtle nuances of fall warblers. The ID challenge is fun and rewarding, and in a way … 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

Here is how Pokemon Go is birding.

Anna FasoliBirding, General News and Info4 Comments

So Nintendo emerged from its decade long slump and finally released a hit, although this time it wasn’t on its own console, but on iPhone and Android smartphones. Pokemon GO basically forces users to move around (literally) to collect classic Pokemon characters through their smart phone screens in the real world. It brings out the hoarding habits of the 14-year-old … Read More

Uptown Yellow-crowns

Alex LamoreauxBird SightingsLeave a Comment

For PA birders looking for some exciting mid-summer birding, the Susquehanna River through Harrisburg offers excellent viewing and photo opportunities for herons and egrets. Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons nest and forage on islands in the river, along with lower numbers of Green Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons. The real highlight though is the large number of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons that can be … Read More

Fourth Annual 4th of July Birding Challenge!

Steve BrennerBig Days, Birding, Contests4 Comments

It’s a big year for the annual Nemesisbird 4th of July Birding Challenge: It’s an election year in the US (in case you have been under a rock for 9 months), it’s the Fourth year of the 4th of July birding challenge, Hamilton the musical swept the Tony Awards, and the sequel to Independence Day is in theaters. What more could … Read More

What’s left of the Prairie State…

Alex LamoreauxBirdingLeave a Comment

After a very busy May, which included (winning!) the Birding Cup in central PA and then guiding at the Biggest Week in American Birding, I ventured out to central Illinois to help with some bird surveys on two proposed wind facilities. Other than spending a few half-days birding Illinois during cross-country trips, I have never really spent much time in … Read More

Screech-Owls at the Biggest Week

Alex LamoreauxBird SightingsLeave a Comment

Besides mind-blowing views of 30+ warbler species, another highlight for many birders during the Biggest Week in American Birding is seeing Eastern Screech-Owls sleeping out in the open. These little, camouflaged owls often have their cover blown by angry flocks of songbirds and can be spotted roosting out in the open, or if you know which owl nestboxes to keep an eye … Read More

Unusual American Golden-Plover – McLean County, Illinois

Alex LamoreauxBird SightingsLeave a Comment

Vast agricultural areas aren’t exactly the first landscape that comes to mind when thinking of ideal migrant shorebird habitat. For me the vast coastal marshes of the Delmarva will always be at the top of the list for the country’s best shorebird-watching, but while doing bird surveys in central Illinois recently I was happy to encounter many large flocks of American Golden-Plovers flying … Read More

Rajah Scops Owl: Malaysian Mega

Steve BrennerBird Sightings, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

Rare birds are cool. This much we know. But what happens when a rare bird transitions from a neat stroke of birding luck to a downright biological discovery? That’s when the real fun begins and we get to go beyond birding. When migratory birds turn up in places they are not supposed to be, everyone gets jazzed to see it … Read More