James Cook and the crew of the Resolution could hardly have forgotten theirs. In spring 1778, the expedition spent a month at anchor in Nootka Sound, trading with the local inhabitants. Mammal pelts—especially those of the abundant sea otter—were highest on the Europeans’ list of commercial desiderata, but the local birds were of interest, too, [read more...]
It’s coming. You can feel it. At times, Fall migration has felt a little late coming in this year but things are starting to pick up. The movement has been pretty light but steady since the end of July, with conditions favorable for bird movement locally but nothing that seems primed for a big continental [read more...]
Campers from the Delaware Nature Society‘s Young Ornithologists camp pose for a photo outside the soon-to-be-open ABA HQ in Delaware City. We hope you’ll join us for the annual meeting here on Sep 21. Photo ©Joe Sebastiani
Summer is often thought of as a time when things slow down a bit. Not here at [read more...]
Long-line fishing is known to be a significant source of mortality for many specifc of pelagic birds, most notably albatrosses. A British invention, the hookpod, has the potential to eliminate seabird deaths in pelagic long line fisheries. Hookpod Ltd (HPL) had a stand at International Birdfair over the weekend and received lots of enthusiastic support [read more...]
We are departing for Alaska on Sunday, August 24th. By then the movers will have packed up our stuff and headed north with it too. If our cars hold up okay, we should be in Anchorage by the beginning of September. Along with all the fun of looking for and buying a house there, which [read more...]
Great Black-backed Gulls are massive and brutish, but aging y0ung birds are require a practiced eye. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus looks at juvenile and 1st summer GBBGs.
My short semi-annual runs to the East Coast are usually just enough time for me to visit the most popular gull hangouts between Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay [read more...]
Mentioned yesterday in the formal Rare Bird Alert, but as it’s a state first, worth mentioning again. The overnight pelagic out of Freeport, New York, was enormously successful. Target birds include White-faced Storm-Petrel, which was seen well, and other deepwater birds that are difficult to come by on day trips out on the continental shelf.
For the second week in a row, the state of Texas leads the week with a rare shorebird. Earlier this week, a Bar-tailed Godwit was discovered in near Corpus Christi, Nueces County. Not only is this a first state record for Texas, but with the recent addition of Black-tailed Godwit to the state list, based [read more...]
Is all this camera gear really necessary anymore?
Digital camera sales have been in the news lately – or, rather, the lack thereof. Canon recently reported that its compact camera sales have fallen 36% compared to one year ago, and sales of its digital SLRs have dropped by 19%. Nikon, meanwhile, has seen a [read more...]
By Nina Cheney
Before you buy:
Buy the best glass you can afford. You can avoid the upgrade game by buying what you want the first time. Sure, it may take some saving—but it can still be less expensive than upgrading every 2 or 3 years. Know the return policy of the optics store [read more...]