Cape May Pelagic – February 6th, 2015

The mighty Great Skua passing the boat. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This past Saturday was the Cape May See Life Paulagics trip, and our boat-full of eager birders were in for a great day on the ocean. We sailed out of the Cape May canal while the first hint of light rose above the horizon, passing 2 Harlequin Ducks, 7 Great Cormorants, 30 American Oystercatchers, and a nice spattering of the usual seaducks around …

Delaware Goose-a-palooza 2016

Canada Goose (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

NemesisBird.com would like to invite you to participate in a new mid-Atlantic birding event, dubbed the Delaware Goose-a-palooza which will be held on Saturday, February 27th, 2016!  In short, this will be a one-day birding extravaganza of rare goose searching. The vision is to assemble multiple one-vehicle teams to cover assigned territories throughout Delaware (and potentially beyond). The objective is simple: Locate goose flocks …

Blue Heron Wetlands in Titusville FL – a birder’s guide

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Last year during the World Digiscopers Meeting, there was an outing to a local birding hotspot in Titusville called Blue Heron Wetlands. We spent a few hours in the afternoon sun and wind, which produced very little. Needless to say, I wasn’t too impressed. That was until I revisited the site last week. In this post, I’ll give tips and …

Digiscoping Spotlight 30 – Brambling

Brambling at Allardale Park in Medina County, Ohio on 30 December 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter.

The Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Just before the New Year, I ventured into Ohio with Katie Barnes to see …

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Gyrfalcon hovering over the Mallard it forced into the snow. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

1. Gyrfalcon Invasion 2015 2. Digiscoping Round up 3. Pigeons and Doves of South Africa 4. Goodbye Moorhen, Hello Gallinule 5. Lincoln’s Sparrow vs Song Sparrow- PSU Fall Banding 6. Optics Review – Leica Ultravid HD 7. Indoor Cat; Happy Cat 8. Short-Tailed Hawks: Determining Age and Color Type 9. Golden Eagle Migration in PA 10. Aging Peregrine Falcons in the Field

‘Ginger’ American Kestrel

Female American Kestrel with aberrant plumage (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After seeing a posting about an oddly-plumaged American Kestrel in Lancaster County by Kris Miller, I decided to run down today and try to find the bird myself for some photos. Although I figured it would be a long shot, I was happy to find her and her (normal looking) male hunting grasshoppers together along PA272, just south of Buck. …

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Big Years ending, more starting up!

The Big Year

The start of a new year is a great time to look at all of the Big Years that were completed in 2015, and the new efforts that are just starting. There were some very notable big year efforts in 2015, and some equally World Big Year With 6,042 species, Noah Strycker not only passed the old record…he thoroughly crushed it and …

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Field Life is for the Birds (and the termites, and the frogs…)

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Living afield in the Amazon is a bit like journeying back in time. Yes, we have electricity, at least when the camp generator is running (or, for that matter, simply operational…I’ve now spent two weeks without). Much more importantly, though, these generators operate a pump that pulls water up from a stream to a large freshwater tank that sits elevated …

Rhode Island Mini Pelagic

Northern Fulmar showing the rival fishing boat some moves (Rhode Island 2015 - photo by Steve Brenner)

Ah, the open sea. Is there anything more exciting than a trip to look for pelagic birds? Last Wednesday, along with Olivia DaRugna (who is something of a natural-born scrimshander), my old Borneo compadre Ryan Steiner (who is on pace to crack 1,000 species in one calendar year), and Clara Cooper-Mullin (queen of the hashtags), I was lucky enough to …

Last Minute Gift Guide for Birders

One of 12 Red Crossbills (a male) foraging in a Japanese Black Pine at Hammonasset SP. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

It’s getting down to the wire and you are probably wondering what to get for that birder on your list. Here are some simple ideas that should be easy to pick up at a local store or through Amazon in time for Christmas! Up Move The UP MOVE by Jawbone is one of the smallest fitness trackers. In addition to tracking …

Belize Raptor Spotlight: Black-collared Hawk

Black-collared Hawk - adult; Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

Last year at this time, I spent two months in Belize helping to count raptors at the Cattle Landing Hawk Watch site in Punta Gorda, Belize, for Belize Raptor Research Institute. This hawk watch site has seen incredible numbers of Hook-billed Kites, and is the only place in the world where you can see such numbers migrating south. The fall …

Ye Olde New England November

One of 4 cave swallows reported in Rhode Island (photo by Steve Brenner)

November turned out to be a pretty good month for rare birds in New England. Sure, the Buffalo Bills lost to the Patriots for about the zillionth time. And of course all of my documentation photos/videos are too soft, too blurry, or just too distant. And yes, I was the only person on the east coast to miss a Franklin’s …

Conservation victory for shorebirds

Stilt Sandpiper - Adult at Conejohela Flats, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

I just read an article about one of my favorite Pennsylvania haunts, Conejohela Flats in Lancaster Co. that made my day. Let me set the scene– Conejohela Flats is a series of muddy, sandy islands that sits in the Susquehanna River near Washington Boro. This section of the Susquehanna River is just upriver from the Safe Harbor Dam, and the owners of …

Expectations vs. Reality: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

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Most of us probably have some preconceived notions about what fieldwork in the Amazon rainforest entails. I certainly did. Who knows where these ideas originate or even if they were once rooted in fact at all. Oftentimes, I don’t even think we’re aware of these assumptions until we see something first-hand (like when we catch our first glimpse of a …

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A Re-Education in Relocation

Back in Buffalo, this Whimbrel would be RBA worthy. Here in RI, it's no biggie. But still awesome. (photo by Steve Brenner)

Much like birds, people sometimes have to move around in this crazy world – particularly in these modern times full of hyper-tech global markets and the ‘Very Big Corporations of America‘. Often the reasons for a relocation involve one’s work or career, and there are a plethora of variables and consequences to consider when such things happen. But given that …