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Blog Birding #278

Warbler watching season is coming to a close, as the birds have mostly found their way to dense stands of boreal forest, or southeastern swamps, or western mountainsides, but Al Batt, excepted at Out There With the Birds, still suffers from warbler neck.

I assume the warbler-watching position—feet spread comfortably, binoculars tipped towards the tops [read more…]

Blog Birding #277

I admit that I’m a sucker for pelagics, the ocean is an incredible ecosystem that is too infrequently surveyed by birders. Alex Lamoreaux describes a trip to the deep water of Maryland at The Nemesis Bird.

As soon as it was light enough to view the sea around us, the tiny shapes of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels [read more…]

Blog Birding #276

What’s the deal with the gonydeal spot on the bills of gulls? It serves several a couple purposes, not least of which is as a useful field mark for several species. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus explores this tiny spot of color on a nearly uniformly black, white and gray group of birds.

The gonydeal [read more…]

Blog Birding #275

The Two-Bird Theory has seen wide adoption in recent years, but Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds has another idea to share, the One Bird Theory.

The one bird theory is simple, though a bit cumbersome to explain. If a Ruff is seen in Oregon one day, and another Ruff is seen in Washington [read more…]

Blog Birding #274

It’s spring in New Jersey, and though Cape May gets much of the accolades, there are other parts of the Garden State worth exploring, as Don Freiday of Freiday Bird Blog shares.

Everybody knows I love Cape May, but from early May through early June there is place that eclipses the Cape May birding mecca. [read more…]

Blog Birding #273

Spring may mean migrating passerines for many birders, but Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus is still about the gulls and the problems that bleaching in spring and summer can pose for identifications.

Birders should keep this in mind especially when assessing white-wingers (i.e., Thayer’s and Kumlien’s in particular) and suspected hybrids. A bleached Thayer’s in [read more…]

Blog Birding #272

House Sparrows are known for their versitility. After all, few other species manage as well as they do in degraded habitats. But Jim McCormac of Ohio Birds and Biodiversity found a new spot for them, tucked into the branches of an Osprey’s nest.

The male sparrow brings in a load of dried vegetation to add [read more…]

Blog Birding #271

Birdathon season is upon us, and Big Days will soon be run across the continent seeking out the biggest and best numbers for their regions. Some folks at Mass Audubon offer a rundown of some of the =more difficult species to find, at least in Massachusetts.

Last year, Team Drumlin Farm squeaked out a win [read more…]

Blog Birding #270

Many of us have been working for years on the issue of encouraging people of diverse backgrounds to get involved in birding and outdoor hobbies. It’s a tough nut to crack for a lot of reasons, particularly since these are communities that can be enriched by those experiences and can enrich those of us who [read more…]

Blog Birding #269

When a strange bird shows up that doesn’t quite seem like any species, do we pull the hybrid card too often. Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds thinks the “Hybrid Theory” is invoked too often.

The problem remains the same: birders will default to calling a bird a hybrid if it does not fit [read more…]

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