Tern It Up

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Birding, General News and Info, Identification, Listing, RaritiesLeave a Comment

Long Island has no shortage of beaches. Depending on what coastal activities you prefer, there’s a debate to be had about which beach is best. My own opinions on the matter operate off different metrics than most swimmers and sunbathers. Even though Jones is the typical go-to for most of my beachy needs, my top pick varies largely based on … Read More

Snowy Owl Season: Reflections on Winter 2017-18

Tim HealyBird News, Birding, Conservation Issues, eBird, General Rant, ScienceLeave a Comment

Please enjoy owls responsibly

Bubo scandiacus is a highly evocative species. As one of the largest, most striking members of the ever popular owl family, Snowies have a special magic that drives people wild. Wherever these Arctic predators go, excitement bordering on chaos usually follows. I’ve been hooked on Snowy Owls my entire life. I spent my early childhood dragging around a beloved plush … Read More

Recap of the Long Island Corn Crake

Steve BrennerBirding, Chase, General News and Info, RaritiesLeave a Comment

First off, there were far too many “punny” titles for this post (almost none of which I thought up on my own/didn’t steal from an internet meme) – “Children of the Corncrake” – “Jimmy Crake Corn and I don’t care” – “Crexit through the gift shop”…you get the idea. By now, it’s a well known saga involving the Long Island … Read More

eBird Explore pages get new, Illustrated Checklist view

Drew WeberBird Websites, General News and Info3 Comments

For the last several weeks there, eBird has been testing a cool new view in the Regional and Hotspot Explorer pages. Dubbed the Illustrated Checklist, I think this new feature will quickly become the default page people use to check out new hotspots to explore. At its most basic, the Illustrated Checklists lists every species that has been recorded in … Read More

4th of July Birding Challenge!

Steve BrennerBig Days, Birding, General News and Info4 Comments

It’s that time of year again…..fireworks, patriotism, awkward outdoor barbecues with people you know from work. But the real highlight of every 4th? The annual NemesisBird 4th of July Birding challenge. It’s really the highlight of America in general – I’d like to think that this prize-less birding contest is now included in some of our country’s most cherished traditions: … Read More

The Easiest Way to Map Your eBird History #myebirdhistory

Drew WeberBirding, General News and Info, TutorialLeave a Comment

I was recently introduced to a mapping website that works well with eBird data by a Facebook post by Ted Floyd. Hamstermap.com lets you upload simple latitude/longitude data and display it on a map for quick visualization of all sorts of great things, in this case your personal eBird data. I’ll show you some of the maps I created, and … Read More

Get ready for eBird Profiles!

Drew WeberBird Websites, Birding, Featured, Listing, Reviews4 Comments

eBird is slowly and steadily becoming the go-to bird observation collection tool for birders around the world, and has reached this point by regularly releasing new tools to see what others are reporting, compete with your fellow birders on any geographical level, and learn all about ranges and distributions of birds on a global scale. While it has been game-changing to … Read More

BREAKING: Leica releases new Noctivid binocular line

Drew WeberGeneral News and Info4 Comments

Leica has been teasing something new for a while, and has just announced a new flagship binocular. The press release is calling it “simply the brightest, sharpest, highest contrast and purest color images available in a binocular today”. Based on the specs (see below) and Leica’s reputation, I would wager that this is not just PR bluster, and that these new binoculars … Read More

Ten People to Follow at #NAOC2016

Drew WeberGeneral News and InfoLeave a Comment

Not everyone can make it to the 2016 edition of the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington D.C. this week. However, the twittersphere has been doing a great job keeping the rest of us up to date on what is going on. Below are some of the most active accounts that I follow to keep up with interesting NAOC news. Let me know … Read More