First Week of Flammulated Owl Surveys!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Field Work, Rarities, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

This past week instead of searching for curlew nests, my coworker Oly Olson and I went to southeastern Idaho to begin the first week of surveys for Flammulated Owls. Anna stayed behind to keep an eye on the curlews and search for nests. Oly and I visited some really amazing places and this week of traveling around southeast Idaho really … Read More

Long-billed Curlew Season Update

Anna FasoliBirding, Field Work1 Comment

For two weeks now, we’ve been rope-dragging most every day at our sites to find curlew nests.  During this time, we saw very, very few females.  We have only a few spots where we consistently see pairs.  These places are promising though, and as time goes on, we’ve been seeing pairs go through the process of forming and establishing what … Read More

Workin’ in Idaho!

Alex LamoreauxField Work2 Comments

Anna and I are busy at work here in Idaho surveying for Long-billed Curlew in preserved grassland habitats near Boise. The birds are back from their wintering grounds and ready to start mating and nesting. Every day we go out and run survey routes for curlews but there are also plenty of other cool birds around, especially raptors. Red-tailed Hawks, … Read More

Trapping Crested Caracara in Florida

Anna FasoliBanding, Birding, Field WorkLeave a Comment

In mid-February, I helped capture a few of the adult Crested Caracara we had been monitoring at nest sites. Adults were still tending to their nests and chicks, and were very territorial. This makes it easy to target the area near the nest to trap the adults. We used a “lure” bird, a captive Crested Caracara to draw in our … Read More

Painted Buntings Ready to Head North

Anna FasoliField Work, Photography1 Comment

A few weeks ago, a male Painted Bunting got stuck in a shed behind my house on the ranch. It came through an open window, but could not get out, and likely would have roasted to death in the stuffy building. He was easily picked up on a window sill, and we kept him for a few minutes to snap … Read More

Crested Caracaras in South-central Florida

Anna FasoliBirding, distribution, Field Work12 Comments

Crested Caracaras are members of the family Falconidae (which includes other species like Kestrels, Merlins and Hobbies, and the Peregrine Falcon). Recently, through genetic work, it was discovered that Falconidae is more closely related to parrots than other raptors. There are 11 known species of caracara, one of which is extinct. Crested Caracara is the only one found in the … Read More

White-tailed Kites in Florida

Anna FasoliBirding, Field Work3 Comments

One of the most dramatic raptors found in Florida is the White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucaris. It is rare and found locally in south central/south eastern Florida. It is also commonly found from south Texas to California, and is rare along the Gulf Coast and to the north. Recently, its range has been expanding northward and along the Gulf Coast, although it is … Read More