Birding News #57

Charlotte WasylikBird NewsLeave a Comment

:: The Nature Conservancy has asked rice farmers in California to leave water on their fields as a place for migrating waterfowl to rest and eat in the midst of the state’s drought :: Birders in Nagpur, India, are trying to come up with new ways to interest the public in bird watching :: A fascinating article about Dark-eyed Juncos by Bob Duchesne who is a Maine Audubon trustee and vice president of its Penobscot … Read More

The Fourth of July Birding Challenge

Drew WeberBird NewsLeave a Comment

Our buddies over at Thermal Birding have proposed a grand 4th of July Birding Challenge to spot as many birds as possible whose common name includes either the word AMERICAN or a state’s name. Additional, state birds and the Bald Eagle are also counted for the challenge. This is a great activity while you are out grilling, so keep your eyes to … Read More

Finding Fall Warblers

Drew WeberBird NewsLeave a Comment

I occasionally post articles on the Audubon Guides blog. Follow the link below to the full article. Finding Fall Warblers by Drew Weber Finding warblers in the fall can be much trickier than finding them in the spring. Males are singing less often because they are no longer attempting to attract mates, and most of their vocalizations are difficult-to-identify chips. … Read More

Spring Migration Predictions – Second Half of March

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, birds in flight, eBird, General News and Info, General Rant, Migration, Photography, Predictions6 Comments

If you’ve been out birding recently, you’ll know that there are signs of spring everywhere you look – especially if you are looking at birds! Snow Geese just staged their massive showing at Middle Creek WMA, Ring-billed Gulls are flowing up our rivers by the thousands, and Eastern Phoebes are popping up all over! Spring migration is in full swing, … Read More

Winter Finch forecast 2011-12

Drew WeberBird News, General News and Info, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Ron Pittaway has released his annual Winter Finch forecast and there is not a lot of good news for all us in the mid-Atlantic hoping for a good year for crossbills, redpolls and grosbeaks. Despite the fact that we have a good cone crop in our region, birds will likely stay to our north were there are also good cone … 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

Request for Photos of Birds with Bugs

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Conservation Issues, General News and Info, Photography, Research, Science1 Comment

Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is looking for good photos of birds carrying insects for a study he is doing in hopes of measuring the impact of invasive plants on insect prey available to birds. Here is what Dr. Tallamy is looking for in his own … Read More

Birding resources online- Pennsylvania

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Bird Websites, Birding, eBird, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

Pennsylvania is a great state to bird in; we have enough elevation change to afford us a large diversity of breeding and migrating warblers, we are well situated to observe a large and diverse raptor migration, and we have a large community of talented and helpful birders who are willing to share sightings and help others see good birds. Birding … Read More

First Few Days of Cuckoo Field Work

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Bird Sightings, Conservation Issues, Field Work, General News and Info, Photography, Research, Science1 Comment

Anna and I arrived in Blythe, California on the 14th and hit the ground running; the morning of the 15th we went to one of our most popular sites for cuckoos, the sites we call CVCA1 and CVCA 2 (CVCA = Cibola Valley Conservation Area). These sites border each other and create a rather large area of mass-planted willows and … Read More

Library Black-backed Woodpeckers Update

Alex LamoreauxBird News, Bird Sightings, General News and Info1 Comment

I posted last week about a pair of Black-backed Woodpeckers that Anna and I found in the parking lot of the Island Park Public Library. This week, the woodpeckers are hard at work excavating their nest-cavity in a Lodgepole Pine right next to the parking lot. They are sharing the tree with a pair of Tree Swallows, although the swallows don’t seem … Read More