Barnacle Goose in Delaware

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Alan Kneidel and I found a Barnacle Goose along Rt. 9 in New Castle County, Delaware this afternoon. The bird was at the intersection of Walker School Rd. and Rt. 9 (Flemming Landing Rd.) and was in a flock of 300 or so Canada Geese. If accepted by DOS, this will represent the second record, I think, for Delaware. The … Read More

5 to 500

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Every avid lister knows the life list benchmarks. When you start birding you are learning the fundamentals, but in the back of your mind you’re thinking about hitting 100, 200, and 300 life birds. I’ve been birding, listing, and eBirding for about five years now and have tallied almost 500 life birds. Hell, I observed 439 species in 2013 (a … Read More

Digiscoping at the Indian River Inlet – a Phone Skope Big Year 2014 Update

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This past Sunday, Alan Kneidel, Taj Schottland, Matt Boone, and I ventured to the Indian River Inlet (eBird Checklist) in Sussex County, Delaware. After a necessary pre-trip Wawa stop, we left Newark shortly after 6 and arrived at the north parking lot at 7:45. The air was chilly and the sun was bright as we started the short hike out … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 6 – Clapper Rails at Prime Hook NWR

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The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. –~~=-=~~– I was birding in Sussex and Kent Counties with a few friends over the … Read More

Phone Skope Big Year 2014

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Towards the end of 2013 I started thinking about how I could do a Big Year. I really enjoy digiscoping, so why not a Phone Skope Big Year? I am trying to digiscope as many species as possible with my iPhone 5 and Phone Skope Adapter using a variety of optics. My goal is to digiscope 200 species for the … Read More

300 – A Delaware Big Year Challenge

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Alan received a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008. He has since contributed to a variety of research projects, spanning from the Arctic to tropical South America. He is currently a Master’s student at Delaware State University, focusing on how climate change may affect the ecological functioning of barrier island ecosystems as globally important … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 5 – Snowy Owls in Sussex County, DE

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The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. –~~=-=~~– This week’s digiscoping spotlight is a compilation video of the Snowy Owls in Delaware. … Read More

Snowy Owls make it to Delaware!

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For the past couple of weeks, Snowy Owls have been making a significant push into the northeast. They appear to be concentrating in coastal areas, but are making their presence known in the Great Lakes region as well. There are only a few inland records thus far, but folks should definitely be on the lookout! Anyway, I’ve been enviously watching … Read More

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Lark Sparrow!

Alex LamoreauxChase, Featured, Rarities2 Comments

Coming back into Lewes this past Saturday, after a day-long Paulagic trip, I switched my phone off of airplane mode and was immediately inundated with loads of RBA text messages and voicemails that I had missed during our time out on the ocean….David Allen had found an adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Philadelphia and Alan Kneidel found a Lark Sparrow at … Read More

MEGA: Gray Kingbird in Delaware

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The madness, if you will, started late Wednesday morning as I was sifting through insects for my grad research. I got an eBird Rare Bird Alert for Delaware that listed a Clay-colored Sparrow about ten minutes from my house. I sent the guy an email to see if I could come look for the bird. He replied a half our … Read More