The Final LeConte-down: Eking out a Victory over a Nemesis

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, eBird, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

When Drew first established this blog so many years ago, he christened the new site with a title based on one of the most evocatively named phenomena in birding. The concept of a nemesis bird is something most birders are familiar with, though the exact definition may vary from person to person. It could be that incredible vagrant you “just … 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

New Year Birding

Tim HealyBirding, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Year listing is one of the most popular traditions in the world of birding. The annual cycle of seasons is felt especially strongly by those of us who immerse ourselves in the world of birds, and each new year brings a new set of chances to enjoy unforgettable experiences. On behalf of the whole Nemesis Bird team, I’d like to … Read More

Photo Study – The Ponce Inlet Purple Sandpiper

Tim SchreckengostPhotography2 Comments

On the afternoon of January 25, 2015, a few members of the Leica Birding Team and I stopped by the jetty at Lighthouse Point Park (Ponce Inlet, eBird checklist) to see if we could get Raymond his lifer Purple Sandpiper. Purple Sandpipers are only being seen at two locations in Florida, Lighthouse Point Park and Fort Clinch State Park, making … Read More

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 25

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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 or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Yesterday, I spent the day birding southern New Jersey with Matt Boone, Abby … 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

Snowy Owl and Purple Sandpipers in Florida – January 7th

Nathan GoldbergBirding, Listing, Rarities1 Comment

I wrote up a post roughly a week ago about birding in Duval and Nassau counties, which can be read here. A few days ago, on January 7th, Dan Irizarry came up once again to try to get the Snowy Owl. The bird had been refound the day after we had tried, and has been seen consistently ever since. Due to … Read More

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ

Corey HusicBirding, General News and Info4 Comments

Last Saturday, I traveled to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in New Jersey. Although slightly chilly, the sun and lack of wind made the birding conditions excellent… or at least better than most January days along the Jersey shore! Upon arriving, a small group of Black-crowned Night-Herons passed directly overhead, circling around the lighthouse several times before moving over the open … Read More

Close Encounter of the Peregrine Kind

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

After enjoying Delaware’s 1st Anna’s Hummingbird on the morning of January 2nd Josh Lefever, Mark Mizak, and I drove towards Cape May, NJ. Our primary goal for the day was to spend some time birding Stone Harbor Point, one of my favorite birding locations in New Jersey. Stone Harbor Point rarely disappoints and more-often-than-not, we find species there that we don’t see … Read More

Purple Sandpiper – Conneaut Harbor

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, photo study, PhotographyLeave a Comment

After having several decent looks at the stunning Black-tailed Gull in Ashtabula, the four of us continued on to Conneaut Harbor in hopes of finding another rare gull- the Black-headed Gull. This slightly larger cousin of the Bonaparte’s Gull sports a red bill and legs, along with some black on the underwing tips; all subtle features that can make it … Read More