October Big Day 2019

Tim HealyBig Days, Bird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, eBird, Listing, Mammals, Migration, Migration Update, Rarities, Science, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

Who doesn’t love a Big Day? Any excuse to get out and count birds in the name of science is a worthwhile cause in my book. eBird has been orchestrating Global Big Day events each May since 2015, an international effort to record as many of the world’s species as possible within a 24 hour period. Last fall, the Cornell-based … Read More

Finch Flight Frenzy

Tim HealyBird News, Bird Sightings, Birding, distribution, eBird, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, Predictions, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

“Mr. Healy, I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you.” My coworker approached me as I was stowing my binoculars after a brief pre-work survey of the schoolyard. “I’ve been at my place in northern Jersey for years now, but this year I’ve noticed something different. There are these birds, I can only describe them as…finches?” I smiled, … Read More

The Satisfaction of Discovery

Tim HealyBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, RaritiesLeave a Comment

The excitement of a rarity chase is one of my favorite aspects of birding, but it’s nothing compared to the thrill of finding something unusual yourself. For me, the feeling of accomplishment that comes with turning up even a minor regional oddity often rivals the triumphant joy of a successful twitch or long-distance trip. That finder’s high is a hell … Read More

See the weather in a whole new way

Andy McGannAnalysis, Featured, General News and Info, Migration, Migration Update, Morning Flight, Predictions, Reviews, Science1 Comment

Savvy birders are meteorologically astute. They keep an eye out for what may be arriving with the next airmass, wrung out of the skies by an approaching front, or even just a pop-up thunderstorm on an otherwise migration-friendly day. In the age of smartphones and apps, it’s now more convenient than ever to stay abreast of changing weather conditions. Anyone … Read More

A night of strong early migration and then storms

Drew WeberFallout, Migration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview In what seems to be a theme recently, migration was broken up over the Northeast by several groups of storms as the high pressure system that brought unseasonably warm temps to many areas got pushed out by the approaching cold front. The storms moved through early, putting a strong damper on the nights migration, but not before many … Read More

More migration plus scattered storms over NY cause fallout

Drew WeberFallout, Migration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview It was another night of good migration across the northeastern quarter of the US. Storms slowed down migration in the southeast but birds still were trying to migrate before incoming storms across NY, setting up possible fallout conditions. New Yorkers should be checking inland migrant traps as the weren’t along the lakeshore today.

Strong flight with possible upstate NY fallout

Drew WeberFallout, Migration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview Last night was another night of heavy migration. Northward movement was largely unhindered across the eastern US except in western and upstate NY, where are small line of heavy thunderstorms moved east along the Lake Ontario lakeshore and across the Adirondack’s. With the clear path of strong migration the whole way up the East Coast, there should be … Read More

North winds slow migration in east, tonight could be more of the same

Drew WeberMigration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview Ohio and western PA saw heavy migration last night but east of there it was much lighter. Light winds from the north and a stationary front sitting over PA were the cause for the less than exciting migration. That being said, there are a lot of migrants around and many were heading north. Migrant traps should be excellent … Read More

Heavy migration with western NY and PA fallout possibility

Drew WeberFallout, Migration Update, PredictionsLeave a Comment

Regional Overview Migration was very evident on the radar last night, with masses of birds flying north with weather that is finally working in their favor. Storms moved into and over western NY and western PA in the early morning hours, possibly setting up some fallout conditions. We are probably at the peak of migration now, and birds have been … Read More