The Season So Far: Fall 2020 Highlights

Tim HealyBig Days, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, Listing, Mammals, Migration, Migration Update, Photography, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Each of the four seasons has something special to offer the birding world. I will always cherish the lively color and music of spring when birds return after months of absence. Winter brings the festive joy of Christmas Bird Counts and new year lists, while summer offers breeding bird surveys and plenty of free time for adventures. Even so, I … Read More

October Big Day 2019

Tim HealyBig Days, Bird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, Listing, Mammals, Migration, Migration Update, Rarities, Science, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Who doesn’t love a Big Day? Any excuse to get out and count birds in the name of science is a worthwhile cause in my book. eBird has been orchestrating Global Big Day events each May since 2015, an international effort to record as many of the world’s species as possible within a 24 hour period. Last fall, the Cornell-based … Read More

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Hadlyme, Connecticut

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Chase, Rarities3 Comments

Even aside from their ridiculously long tails, the Fork-tailed Flycatcher is beautiful. This bird’s black cap and light gray mantle make it one of the most interesting Tyrannus flyatchers – one of those birds that has always made me pause while skimming through a field guide and admire it. I always felt as if the Fork-tailed Flycatcher was a mythical … Read More

Clay-colored Sparrow – Huntingdon County, PA

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Chase, Migration, Photography, Rarities1 Comment

Dave and Trudy Kyler, two of Huntingdon County’s top birders, found a beautiful adult Clay-colored Sparrow yesterday morning at Old Crow Wetlands. My friends and I were busy with finals and other things, but we finally had some time to run down to Old Crow and search for it earlier today. After a few minutes of searching, Ian Gardner spotted … Read More

Montour Clay-colored Sparrow

Drew WeberField Work, Rarities, Science2 Comments

This morning while doing a bird survey on a CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) field, I happened across a Clay-colored Sparrow. Initially when I heard it, my mind leaped to the possibility of a Northern Mockingbird, but it was coming from the middle of a large field, not where I expect mockingbirds to be. I was able to quickly to … Read More