A Whale of a Time in Seattle

Tim HealyBirding, Mammals, Photography, Science, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Summer vacation is always a crucial window of opportunity for adventures, but it is all too short and often too busy. This year, I was thankfully able to find the time for a brief getaway. Although international travel still poses a bit of a thorny logistic challenge, we were content to set our sights on a domestic destination. It didn’t … Read More

2021 – The First 100

Tim HealyBig Days, Bird Sightings, Birding, christmas bird count, eBird, Listing, Mammals, Photography, RaritiesLeave a Comment

I’ve always appreciated the seasonality of birding. When you’re paying close attention to the goings-on in the world outside your windows, the annual cycle of nature is conspicuous and easy to track. This visible, reliable schedule has been a major boon throughout the pandemic, which has caused weeks and months to blur together and warp all perception of time. The … Read More

Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch – September Highlights!

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Migration, Science1 Comment

Ah…fall migration, my favorite time of the year! Warblers streaming through the trees, thrushes calling from the understory, and raptors filling the skies – all while the leaves slowly change color, and with each cold front we move closer and closer to winter. I am living and working down in Delaware for the season, and have been trying to make … Read More

Birding Aruba – Part 2

Tim SchreckengostBirdingLeave a Comment

See also: Part 1 | Part 3   I didn’t do much birding during our third day on the island, but I managed to hit a few spots as we explored the southeast portion of the island before dinner. As we were driving, I pulled off into a shady parking lot (eBird Checklist) to scan the beach and sea for anything interesting. Of … Read More

Birds in Flight – Evening Light: Using the ‘Golden Hours’ to get great flight shots!

Alex LamoreauxBirding, birds in flight, General News and Info, General Rant, Photography1 Comment

All photographers know that the opportune time to photograph birds is during the ‘Golden Hour’. These ‘Golden Hours’ occurs twice a day – an hour or so after sunrise, and an hour or so before sunset. The lighting is perfect; not too dark but also not too bright and harsh. Photographing birds during the ‘Golden Hours’ is also my favorite … Read More

Starting off 2012 the Florida way….

Anna FasoliBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography1 Comment

I managed to end my 2011 year list with 439 species, just a few short of my 2010 total. I added 20 species in the last week of the year alone, travelling from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and down the Atlantic coast to Jacksonville, Florida.  Alex and I made a quick stop to see the Snowy Owl at Merrill Creek … Read More

Desert Shorebirding!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, General News and Info, Migration, Rarities, Science2 Comments

A few of the cuckoos that we fitted with radio transmitters have gone missing, so this morning, Anna and I drove around to all of our cuckoo sites to search for them using our car-mounted radio-receiver. This ‘cuckoo-finder’, as we call it, has two yagi antennae’s, that work in unison to be able to pick up a cuckoo’s radio telemetry … Read More