South TX Raptor Notes – April 2016

Alex LamoreauxRanges and Distributions2 Comments

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 … Read More

Crested Caracaras at Sunset

Tim SchreckengostPhotography0 Comments

Drew and I spent the last two hours of January 21st looking for the Smooth-billed Ani in Broward County, Florida. We worked a 100 meter stretch of scrubby habitat along Government Rd. anxiously waiting for the ani to pop out, call, and make it’s presence known. There were numerous birds flying to roost during our ani search including White Ibis, … Read More

Birding Aruba – Part 2

Tim SchreckengostBirding0 Comments

See also: Part 1 | Part 3   I didn’t do much birding during our third day on the island, but I managed to hit a few spots as we explored the southeast portion of the island before dinner. As we were driving, I pulled off into a shady parking lot (eBird Checklist) to scan the beach and sea for anything interesting. Of … Read More

Laguna Atascosa NWR — South TX Spring Break

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Trip Reports3 Comments

March 8th kicked off a week-long tour of southern Texas with my friends Ian Gardner, Chris Markiewicz, and Mark Markiewicz. We landed in Corpus Christi in the early afternoon, and made a quick trip north to the Rockport area across from Aransas NWR in search of Whooping Cranes before dropping back south to Rio Hondo. On the drive up, we … Read More

Finally seeing a Fulvous – Stormwater Treatment Area 5

Alex LamoreauxPhotography, Trip Reports1 Comment

March 2nd, 2013 was the second full day of a Florida birding trip that I took with my friends Josh Lefever and Mark Mizak. Josh and I drove down from PA and planned on meeting up with Mark (who currently works in the Florida Keys) at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 and go in for the tour at 8:00am. Josh and I had stayed … Read More

Another year of birding underway!

Alex LamoreauxBig Days, Bird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

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 … Read More

Western Tanager and bonus Crested Caracara!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, eBird, General News and Info, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities0 Comments

On December 5th, 2012 Cape May birder Will Kerling was riding his bike through Cape May Court House and spotted a male Western Tanager in some trees along the road at the intersection of Hand Ave and Dias Creek Rd! The tanager was following a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker around in some Siberian Elm trees, trying to get at the sap that … Read More

Vermilion Flycatcher – Orlando Wetlands Park, FL

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Chase, General News and Info, Listing, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports1 Comment

One of my target birds for my past weekend down in Florida, were the two adult male Vermilion Flycatchers hanging out at Orlando Wetlands Park. This park, which is located about 40 east of Orlando, is one of my all-time favorite birding locations. We arrived at 9:00am, it was beautiful and warm out, but occasional rain would shower down every … Read More

Trapping Crested Caracara in Florida

Anna FasoliBanding, Birding, Field Work0 Comments

In mid-February, I helped capture a few of the adult Crested Caracara we had been monitoring at nest sites. Adults were still tending to their nests and chicks, and were very territorial. This makes it easy to target the area near the nest to trap the adults. We used a “lure” bird, a captive Crested Caracara to draw in our … Read More

Crested Caracaras in South-central Florida

Anna FasoliBirding, distribution, Field Work9 Comments

Crested Caracaras are members of the family Falconidae (which includes other species like Kestrels, Merlins and Hobbies, and the Peregrine Falcon). Recently, through genetic work, it was discovered that Falconidae is more closely related to parrots than other raptors. There are 11 known species of caracara, one of which is extinct. Crested Caracara is the only one found in the … Read More