Top 10 Posts of 2015

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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


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Big Years ending, more starting up!

Drew Weber|

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 …


Last Minute Gift Guide for Birders

Drew Weber|

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 …


Conservation victory for shorebirds

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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 …


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Upcoming bird books you don’t want to miss

Drew Weber|

Snowy Owl at Jones Beach SP (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

There are many great bird books and field guides that were recently released, or are still going to be released this year. Check out our top list of our favorites and what we think are the most promising. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul Covering 39 species of owls, this book includes detailed …


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The August Brooklyn Pelagic a.k.a pterodroma magic

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For the 3rd August in a row, I’ve managed to find myself on Paulagics fantastic overnight pelagics. This year they have moved to a new boat, the Brooklyn IV, and a new dock in Brooklyn which is more convenient than the old spot in Freeport. There had been several fantastic pelagics just north and south of us recently, including double-digit …


Kickstarter Find: Here earbuds – Change The Way You Hear Birds

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  There is a pretty interesting product on Kickstarter right now that could find a niche in birding. The Here wireless earbuds promise to do one thing and do it well – allow you to customize how you hear real world sounds. You can think of it as hacking your ears. Here allows you to adjust the volume of sounds, change …


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What kind of birder are you?

Drew Weber|

Long-tailed Macaque living the dream (photo by Steve Brenner)

While everyone has a strong opinion on the best ways to get into birding and learn the most, there are really many correct ways to get out and enjoy birding. Every birder, birdwatcher, naturalist, and ornithologist has their favorite style, and gravitates towards a style of birding that suites their particular interests. It’s the diversity that keeps everything interesting, because different styles …