The Purple Swamphen

Alex LamoreauxBirding, birds in flight, distribution, General News and Info, Identification, Photography, Ranges and DistributionsLeave a Comment

Last spring, while I was on a three month study abroad trip to South Africa, I saw my lifer Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio). It was standing, partially hidden by reeds, in a large wetland area in Wilderness National Park. The bird noticed me and ran off across the water, trying to vanish into the reeds on the far side of the … Read More

The American Kestrel story

Drew WeberAnalysis, Conservation Issues, distribution, General News and Info, Migration, Ranges and Distributions, Science6 Comments

American Kestrels have experienced some pretty severe declines in parts of their range. This was most recently brought to my attention while reading Clay Sutton’s article ‘Killy Killy No More’ in the November 2011 edition of Birding. This article was perhaps inspired by the fact that American Kestrel was the 2011 ABA Bird of the Year. More locally, there was … Read More

Wilson’s Warbler – Newnan’s Lake, FL

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, distribution, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

Most eastern warblers pass through Florida during migration, some even overwinter throughout the state. Some, like the Blackburnian Warbler are much more abundant throughout the state during fall migration compared to spring migration. Others, like Mourning Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler seem to ignore Florida altogether and pass west of the state and follow a route through Texas and/or over the … Read More

Winter Raptor Survey – Snow Shoe, PA 2012

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, General News and Info, Photography, Science, Trip Reports1 Comment

In Pennsylvania, the birding is pretty slow this time of the year but raptors can help add some excitement. Winter Raptor Surveys are an excellent way to get out on a cold winter day and do some birding. Drew Weber, two of our friends, and I conducted our own Winter Raptor Survey in the strip-mined areas north of Snow Shoe, … Read More

Birding Around Gainesville – Day 1

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions1 Comment

Now that Anna and I have finally made it to Gainesville, and Anna will be living and working here till July, we wanted to go out birding around the city today and try and familiarize ourselves with a few of the local birding hotspots as well as try and pick up some more new year birds. Our first stop of the day … Read More

TRULY rare birds

Andy McGannBirding, Conservation Issues, distribution, General News and Info, Rarities, Science14 Comments

What is the rarest bird you’ve seen? We here at Nemesis Bird would like to know. But first, what do we mean by “rare”? If you pay attention to the news, you probably heard that the global human population recently surpassed seven billion. NPR followed up with a story about how many other species are in the “club”, with populations … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – 120 Raptors and an up-close Kestrel

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, distribution, General News and Info, Migration, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

This morning I helped out with the PSU Forest Festival, and so I didn’t get up to Jo Hays Vista until a little after noon. As soon as I arrived, Broad-winged Hawks were moving past overhead. During the first hour we had 27 hawks fly past, the next hour we had 65. During the 2 to 3 o’clock hour, I … Read More

The British are coming!!! and trying to change our bird names…

Drew Weberdistribution, records committee, Science2 Comments

The British Ornithological Union (BOU) Records Committee has just released the seventh report of the Taxonomic Sub-committee. There are several changes suggested that are of interest to North American birders as sometimes these changes made by the BOU end up influencing similar committees in the American Ornithological Union (AOU). The first change is the split of the Whimbrel into the Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus and the … Read More

BESP 8/25/11 – Forster’s Terns, Common Loon, etc

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, General News and Info, Identification, Migration, Photography, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

I made a quick run over to Bald Eagle State Park this morning and was rewarded with a few interesting species; two Forster’s Terns (a juvenile and an adult at the swimming beach), a very early Common Loon, two juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a Least Sandpiper. The Common Loon, which was a 1st summer bird, this is the third record … Read More

Goodbye Moorhen, Hello Gallinule

Drew WeberBird News, distribution, General News and Info, General Rant, Identification, Listing, Research, Science10 Comments

Sometimes I am okay with changes, other times I am a little hesitant to accept things, and sometimes I just downright cannot stand certain changes. This is especially true when it comes to birds. For instance, last years split of the Whip-poor-will into the ‘Eastern Whip-poor-will’ and the ‘Mexican Whip-poor-will’; this was a great split and made perfect sense given … Read More