American White Pelican – Prime Hook NWR, Delaware

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Featured, Ranges and Distributions, RaritiesLeave a Comment

During a DOS Local Patch field trip led by Tim Schreckengost on October 18th, local birder Julie McCall alerted our attention to an American White Pelican that she found foraging and resting among Laughing Gulls in the marsh near the Prime Hook NWR headquarters. The pelican has since been seen almost daily, mostly from Fowler Beach Rd and typically resting … Read More

Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz

Tim SchreckengostFeatured, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Derek Stoner is the Publicity and Outreach Coordinator for the Delmarva Ornithological Society.  A past president of the organization, he is the co-founder of the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club, a leader of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, and an avid field birder who enjoys creating events that help to popularize birding and encourage the next generation of birder-conservationists.   Delaware is … Read More

Sparrow Obsession

a guest bloggerBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Featured1 Comment

Guest contributor Matt Sabatine is back with some information on his recent Nelson’s Sparrow obsession, as well as tips on where to look for them during fall migration in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!   What began as a halfhearted attempt at finding a Nelson’s Sparrow for the fall soon turned into a temporary obsession. On the morning of October 11th, I rolled … Read More

Whiskered Tern – The Video

Andy McGannBirding, birds in flight, Chase, Featured, Rarities4 Comments

Heads up, this video is set to (loud) music. By now, we all know the story. On Friday, September 12, 2014, a Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) was found in Cape May, New Jersey by Louise Zemaitis and Alec Humann. Only the third North American record, the previous two records, in 1993 and 1998, both occurred in Cape May. The species … Read More

PA Grassland Bird Research

a guest bloggerConservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, Research, Science2 Comments

Like many of us here at NemesisBird.com, our friend Matt Sabatine has grown up birding the fields and forests of Pennsylvania. Recently Matt was able to work in northwestern PA with grasslands birds, and offers some insights into his research with this guest post. Enjoy! As part of my internship practicum at Penn State, I was employed this summer to … Read More

Alcids of the Olympic Peninsula

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Featured, Trip Reports1 Comment

Dense temperate rainforest covers the Olympic Peninsula of Washington right up until the coastline, then rocky cliffs and towering islands create a stunning landscape where at least 12 species of alcids can be seen from shore or by taking a boat just a few miles out onto the ocean. Most people, even non-birders, are familiar with puffins – the iconic alcid. … Read More

Piping Plovers – Beyond Cute

Jordan RutterBanding, Conservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, General News and Info, Identification, Ranges and Distributions4 Comments

Many birders are familiar with this small migratory shorebird and some know of its endangered status. Not to mention the fact that they’re adorable. But there’s a lot more about Piping Plovers (PIPL) than their good looks. There are two subspecies in three distinct populations of Piping Plovers. The Atlantic coast has its own subspecies (Charadrius melodus melodus) while the internal … Read More

Tales and Baby Birds from Arizona

Steve BrennerBehavior, Featured, Field Work, Science1 Comment

For the past 2 months, I have been working on an ongoing research project in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona studying life history and development of birds nesting near the Mogollon Rim. This has been an excellent experience for me so far, and the intimacy with avian life history has been truly eye-opening. Another huge bonus: I get to … Read More

Birding Cup 2014 – Support Shaver’s Creek and the Nemesis Birders!

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Birding, FeaturedLeave a Comment

For the third year in a row, the Nemesis Birders are competing in central Pennsylvania’s Birding Cup! This annual birding contest is run by Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center as a fundraiser for their environmental education programs. We are hoping to defend our 1st place title for the third year in a row, and shooting to see at least 150 species throughout the 24 hour … Read More

See the weather in a whole new way

Andy McGannAnalysis, Featured, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, Morning Flight, Predictions, Reviews, Science1 Comment

Savvy birders are meteorologically astute. They keep an eye out for what may be arriving with the next airmass, wrung out of the skies by an approaching front, or even just a pop-up thunderstorm on an otherwise migration-friendly day. In the age of smartphones and apps, it’s now more convenient than ever to stay abreast of changing weather conditions. Anyone … Read More