Summer birding is truly a strange time in North America. The weather is uncomfortable, the bugs are out, the birds are ratty and everyone is chomping at the bit for shorebird season to heat up. But still, late July can offer some surprises for those willing to brave the elements, often in the form of [read more…]
For pelagic birders on the east coast, it doesn’t get much better than a Black-capped Petrel in a breeze. Like all Pterodromas, they cruise on the wind like a fine Italian sportscar on a mountain road, effortlessly and with breathtaking abandon. For decades the only known nest sites of this charismatic seabird were in patches [read more…]
It sounds strange to say that Cooper’s Hawks were once relatively unusual in urban and suburban settings. The dashing raptors are ubiquitous now, even in the most developed landscapes, and this population boom is certainly inverse to the fairings of so many other North American native birds. Why, then, does this species thrive in places [read more…]
At The Eyrie, Steve N.G. Howell starts what looks to be a great series on the how and why of a field notebook.
Young birders (YBs) are sponges that absorb all sorts of information, ask questions, and never seem to tire out – although they can certainly exhaust the adults who work with them! I’ve [read more…]
Birders who have traveled to the islands of the Caribbean and the Galapagos in the New World are likely aware that some of the endemic species there, namely bullfinches and the famous “Galapagos” finches, are a decidedly dusky hue compared to birds on the mainland. This characteristic bears out in a number of island specific [read more…]
Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a handful of bird in southeast Arizona. The Flame-colored Tanagers (ABA Code 4) and Tufted Flycatchers (5) are still hanging tight at Ramsey Canyon, even if finding them is more difficult now. A Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continues in the Chiricahuas as well.
The Little Egret (4) tally has [read more…]
Here we go again. On July 21, Pat Heirs found an ABA Code 5 Collared Plover at Hargill Playa in Hidalgo County, Texas. This would be the 3rd record for the ABA Area. Remarkably, this is precisely the same spot that the ABA Area’s 2nd record Collared Plover was found 11 months and 3 weeks [read more…]
We all know the recuperative power birding can have, even if it’s a small experience that can turn a bad day into a good one. At eBird, Kelley Nunn and Robin Huff share some wonderful stories about how their own interest in birding, and eBirding, has kept them going through difficult time.
The neurologist I [read more…]
The time to place your order for the 2015 Bird of the Year Limited Edition T-shirt featuring the Green Heron and designed by Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden of PRBY Apparel is coming to a close. In fact, you only have until TOMORROW July 19 to place an order! So don’t delay! Get one here!
Sad news from Arizona, where the nesting attempt by the continuing Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) has failed. The birds still continue in the same area, even if they’re not quite as reliable now. Little Egrets (4) continue also in the northeast, with two birds still present into the last week, one in Maine and [read more…]