Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 26

Tim Schreckengost|

Anna's Hummingbird in Blythe, CA on 27 April 2013. Digiscoped with an iPhone 4s + Celestron Regal 80F-ED & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The Weekend 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. As the cold temperatures set in here in Delaware, I often find myself …


This Week in Birding 64

Charlotte Wasylik|

This Week in Birding

:: Canada Rare Bird Alert: A Common Shelduck was found near Renews, Newfoundland, on April 2nd. Pending acceptance, this would be a first provincial record and potential first for the ABA area. :: One of the UK’s most important bird of prey colonies is apparently being targeted in its core breeding area, after 16 raptors were found fatally poisoned in a small area of …


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Delaware Birders robbed of 1st State Record?

Alex Lamoreaux|

This photo shows the primary feather shape well. (Photo by Howard B. Eskin)

Editor’s note – 4/4/13 – The identification of this bird is far from settled, and hummingbird experts and banders have varied opinions. Bruce Peterjohn, who banded the bird, sent out an email with the original measurements which seem to place it solidly in the Anna’s Hummingbird column. Read his post, along with the case that Sheri Williamson lays out below …


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Delaware Anna’s Hummingbird – Then and Now

Alex Lamoreaux|

The Anna's as it looked in January (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Read some newer info about the identification of this bird. During the late fall of 2012 it seemed almost as if a western hummingbird invasion was occurring across the eastern states, with hundreds of reports of Rufous Hummingbirds visiting people’s yards in addition to multiple reports of Allen’s, Black-chinned, Calliope, Costa’s, and Anna’s. In November of 2012, an Anna’s Hummingbird …


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Another year of birding underway!

Alex Lamoreaux|

Two of 3 Razorbills we saw at Barnegat Inlet, NJ (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

With the first month of the year officially behind us now, I thought I would take a look the current status of my year list. Beginning a new year is always fun – every single bird is ‘new’, it’s winter, and there are typically a bunch of winter rarities and other good birds around to chase. You never really know what the …


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Delaware’s 1st Anna’s Hummingbird!

Alex Lamoreaux|

Anna's Hummingbird in Newark, DE. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Read some newer info about the identification of this bird.  Each winter, as word gets out to more and more people to keep their hummingbird feeders out and ready throughout the late fall and winter months, increasing reports of rare western hummingbirds have been surfacing across the eastern states. Literally hundreds of Rufous Hummingbirds were found at feeders along the …


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Road Trip! – Boise, Idaho to Blythe, California

Alex Lamoreaux|

Tropical Kingbird

On June 11th Anna and I began our road trip from Boise, Idaho to Blythe, California. On the first day of the trip we drove to Kanab, Utah and slept there for the night. In the morning we started driving towards the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. As soon as we crossed the border into Arizona the habitat looked …


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PA’s First Ever Anna’s Hummingbird!

Alex Lamoreaux|

Anna's Hummingbird

This afternoon I was able to drive over to the Mountain Springs Camping Resort near Hamburg to see the Anna’s Hummingbird that was captured and identified by Scott Weidensaul last Sunday. This is the first time this species has ever been seen in Pennsylvania, so it was quite a treat, especially since just last winter, PA added Allen’s Hummingbird as …