HundredQuest: Global Big Day 2021

Tim HealyBig Days, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, General News and Info, Listing, Mammals, Migration, Rarities, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

It’s finally May, and May means migration! There is no single month that can top the action and excitement of peak spring birding here in New York. This mad dash to the breeding grounds is the most intense time of the year for many species. As much as I adore fall migration, the southbound movement of birds is a more … Read More

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

Late central New York Hummer

Drew WeberBirdingLeave a Comment

This morning I had the pleasure of visiting a home that is hosting a very late hummingbird. Generally, hummingbirds should be gone from central New York by mid-September. A late hummingbird is exciting because frequently, a hummingbird after November 1st is a Rufous Hummingbird. Particularly intriguing about this bird was that when I talked to the homeowner on the phone, … Read More

Yellow-bellied Invasion – PSU Fall Banding

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Sightings, Migration, Science1 Comment

After a week’s worth of warm weather, the cold front moving through also brought an incredible push of migrants across the Northeast. I was very excited to get out this morning and try to catch some birds, hoping Big Hollow would be full of migrants. As I was walking to the banding site I could hear (and sometimes see) warblers … Read More

Mid-summer Yard and Patch updates

Drew WeberBirding, Contests, eBirdLeave a Comment

It’s mid-summer and the frenzied pace of adding species to yard and patch lists has likely slowed down for a while. I thought it would be interesting to see what the first 6 months have produced. There are some very impressive yard lists from the first half of the year in all size classes. At least one person has managed … Read More

Hummingbird banding photos

Drew WeberBanding, Photography, Science1 Comment

Yesterday, Justine and I had the opportunity to join in on some hummingbird banding just down the road in Huntingdon County. We were not sure what to expect as the forecast was calling for 90% chance of rain all day. We had some torrential rainfall at the very beginning but it soon cleared off around 10:30am and by the time … Read More

More hummingbirds

Drew WeberBird Feeding, Bird Sightings3 Comments

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have really increased at our feeder recently, presumably due to the fact that young have fledged and can now feed on their own. All the hummers that I have seen recently have been either adult females or immatures; the last adult male I remember seeing was back in May. Activity should only increase further as the birds begin … Read More

Backyard Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Drew WeberBird Feeding, BirdingLeave a Comment

For the last two weeks now, we have had at least two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting out window feeder throughout the day. I decided I wanted to get a photo through the window but the first problem I ran into was that the dust on the window really showed up in the photo and so I had to fix that with … Read More