The Satisfaction of Discovery

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, RaritiesLeave a Comment

The excitement of a rarity chase is one of my favorite aspects of birding, but it’s nothing compared to the thrill of finding something unusual yourself. For me, the feeling of accomplishment that comes with turning up even a minor regional oddity often rivals the triumphant joy of a successful twitch or long-distance trip. That finder’s high is a hell … 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

Lake Freeze-out, Grebe Fall-out

Alex LamoreauxFallout, Featured, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

Almost every winter portions of the Great Lakes freeze up for the winter. This winter the Northeast already has two episodes of a ‘polar vortex’ under its belt, and a large percentage of the Great Lakes are frozen tight. Surveys earlier this month have reported 88% ice cover on January 12 and 62% on January 14 by the NOAA Great Lakes … Read More

Strong flight with possible upstate NY fallout

Drew WeberFallout, Migration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview Last night was another night of heavy migration. Northward movement was largely unhindered across the eastern US except in western and upstate NY, where are small line of heavy thunderstorms moved east along the Lake Ontario lakeshore and across the Adirondack’s. With the clear path of strong migration the whole way up the East Coast, there should be … Read More

Another night of storms and strong coastal migration

Drew WeberFallout, Migration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview Last night a large front passed through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast which really slowed migration over most of the region except for the coast and just inland from the coast. Albany, New York City and coastal New Jersey are likely to experience some excellent fallout conditions were the front hit some of the strongest migration yet this spring. … Read More