Lewes Pelagic – June 4th, 2016

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Spotted Dolphins heading towards the boat (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Another boatload of anxious birders gathered at Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes this past Friday evening for an overnight Seelife Paulagics trip into Maryland (and a little bit of Delaware) waters. Weather conditions looked fantastic for the day ahead with light east winds, a very low chance of rain, 3-4 foot waves, and 70 degree water out on the continental shelf. Paul …


Screech-Owls at the Biggest Week

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Brown type Eastern Screech-Owl roosting near its nestbox (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Besides mind-blowing views of 30+ warbler species, another highlight for many birders during the Biggest Week in American Birding is seeing Eastern Screech-Owls sleeping out in the open. These little, camouflaged owls often have their cover blown by angry flocks of songbirds and can be spotted roosting out in the open, or if you know which owl nestboxes to keep an eye …


Unusual American Golden-Plover – McLean County, Illinois

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Leucistic/dilute American Golden-Plover (back) with 'normal' American Golden-Plovers in the foreground (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Vast agricultural areas aren’t exactly the first landscape that comes to mind when thinking of ideal migrant shorebird habitat. For me the vast coastal marshes of the Delmarva will always be at the top of the list for the country’s best shorebird-watching, but while doing bird surveys in central Illinois recently I was happy to encounter many large flocks of American Golden-Plovers flying …


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South TX Raptor Notes – April 2016

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Molting adult Aplomado Falcon flying along Old Port Isabel Rd (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

From savannas, to subtropical forests, to desert scrub there is no better springtime paradise for hawkwatchers than southern Texas. Huge numbers of migrant raptors slip northward along the coastline, taking the shortest possible route around the Gulf of Mexico, and 11 different species call the southern portion of the state their year-round home. There are even a few species that can …


Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Laguna Atascosa NWR

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Crimson-collared Grosbeak immature male hiding in a potato tree (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

April 17th, the first full day of our Nemesis Bird Nature Tour to south Texas, brought us to the headquarters of Laguna Atascosa NWR. This vast refuge is one of the last homes for Aplomado Falcons and Ocelots in the United States, but our sights were set on hunting down a visiting rarity – the immature male Crimson-collared Grosbeak that has been hanging out …


South Padre Warblers on Parade

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Cape May Warbler adult male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Sandwiched between the rush of spring-breakers in March and the arrival of beach-goers in June, there is another invasion of visitors to South Padre Island during the end of April and beginning of May. They may be much more discrete than rowdy, drunken college kids but dress just as gaudy and they don’t crowd the beaches with 4X4’s and umbrellas like …


Experience Spring Migration in South Texas with Nemesis Bird Tours – April 16-24, 2016

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Altamira Oriole (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Looking to spice up your spring migration experience? Never been to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas? Join Nemesis Bird Nature Tours for a guided trip to southern Texas during the 3rd week of April 2016! This trip is planned to coincide with peak songbird migration along the southern coast of Texas, and also serve as an introduction to the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s local specialties. There is …


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Trumpeter Swans with ‘captive’ neck-collars in PA

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Trumpeter Swan Z675 which is currently in Schuylkill County with Z603. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Trumpeter Swans are rare but increasing in Pennsylvania, and more are found every year. Many of the swans found in PA have yellow neck-collars or yellow wing-tags from the Ontario reintroduction efforts. However, there has been an interesting rush of sightings of 3 different neck-collared Trumpeter Swans in PA since March 10th; all of which have stained, white neck-collars with 4-digit codes on …


Yellow-billed Loon and Common Mew Gull – Race Point, Cape Cod

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Atlantic Brant flying over the dunes at Race Point, Cape Cod (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

On February 27th, Steve Arena discovered the first Massachusetts record of Yellow-billed Loon at the infamous Race Point at the tip of Cape Cod. This huge loon species is a hard bird to see almost anywhere in the Lower 48, only found occasionally along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. This first-winter immature is only the second record along the East Coast, and …


Goose-a-palooza 2016 Summary

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Snow Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

We had a beautiful day for the first inaugural Delaware Goose-a-palooza this past Saturday the 27th. Thanks to the 30-40 birders who thoroughly inspected over 32,000 geese across the state, we all collectively turned up some impressive birds. Mixed among the expected Canada and Snow Geese were 14 CACKLING GEESE and 5 ROSS’S GEESE. The Snow Goose flocks in Kent County also produced multiple Snow …