American Birding Podcast



Blog Birding #279

Summer birding is upon us, and monsoon season in the southwest shortly to come.Cassidy Gratton, writing at Bourbon, Bastards and Birds pens a fine tribute to this wonderful time of year.

Already, the seeds of cumulus clouds are above us. They will grow steadily throughout the day. The monsoon is a slow and relentless clock, its ticking the strange midday darkness that creeps in and replaces the desert light. Great gray billows that will rip open under the weight of water, stitches blown out and the world below violently bathed. Mexican-born butterflies will saturate the air in the wake of this deluge and later, after the sun ignites the torn clouds during its setting, we will fall asleep listening to elf owl families work the night.

It’s always tough for beach-nesting birds in the summer, when vacationers and tourists pack the shore with new and novel ways of disturbing wildlife, as Andrew Baksh writes at Birding Dude.

Birding the flats at Cupsogue is not easy, as there are so many disturbances that the birds deal with. It is especially so on a holiday weekend and on the eve of 4th of July, the level of disturbances held true to form. Sharing these few open spaces with humans, is tough on the birds when they have to deal with disturbances like: Clammers

Great Blue Herons are well-known to become “Great White” Herons in South Florida, but a bird at a Massachusetts heronry had David Sibley looking for other explanations for its unusual coloration.

I wrote about white Great Blue Herons in 2007, and thanks to a recent comment there by David Ammerman alerting me to a whitish Great Blue Heron chick in a nest, I made the short trip to Bolton, MA yesterday (July 7, 2016). It was not hard to find the nest, and I was able to get some photos of the white nestling with its nest-mates and one parent.

Spring is over in the Gulf Stream, and Kate Sutherland shares the rundown on what was a pretty exceptional year for Seabirding in North Carolina.

Spring 2016 was unique, as most springs in the Gulf Stream are!  The only constant is the swift, ever changing current…some days close, other days farther offshore…but always out there influencing our weather, seas, and birds.  The proximity of the hot, clear, blue Gulf Stream waters varied from day to day and our weather was generally unsettled giving us some amazingly cool and comfortable days offshore.  On shore meanwhile, Hatteras Island experienced record rainfall thanks to the convergence of systems – and two tropical systems passed by this spring as well!

The Pine Flycatcher in southeast Arizona has, until recently, been attracting a ton of birders to a fairly remote part of the state. Jennie Duberstein at the Leica Birding Blog offers her tale.

What do you do when a first U.S. record shows up about two hours from where you live? If you are me, and you live in southeastern Arizona, and the bird in question is the Pine Flycatcher, you watch your Facebook newsfeed fill up with brilliant pictures taken by all of your friends who were free to go look for this unlikely arrival. It was midweek, though, and I had to work.