Cooperative Florida Scrub-Jays – Merritt Island NWR

Tim Schreckengost|

During this year’s Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, I met up with a few folks from the Leica Birding Team to search for Florida Scrub-Jays at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The obvious place to look for them within the refuge is along the Scrub Trail. Drew and I dipped on them last year, but we turned the tables …

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

Tim Schreckengost|

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

Tim Schreckengost|

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 …

Phone Skope Birding Gift Card Giveaway

Drew Weber|

Phone Skope is running a giveaway for a pair of Vortex binoculars and some Phone Skope digiscoping gear, plus a bunch of Phone Skope gift cards. You can enter through the embedded form below, or go view the same form on their page if you can’t see the embed. This is a great opportunity to win some free gear, make …

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 29

Steve Brenner|

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. Coming to you all the way from the Eastern Hemisphere, I figured I …

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 28

Drew Weber|

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. Yeah, I know that an Anhinga was last weeks digiscoping spotlight, but Anhingas …

Almost a nemesis

Drew Weber|

One of my targets for my recent trip to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival was the Florida’s only endemic bird– the Florida Scrub-Jay, a social member of the corvid family. There are 2 other species of scrub-jay, Western Scrub-Jay which I’ve seen in Arizona, and Island Scrub-Jay, which is found on the Channel Islands off the coast of Los …

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4 Tips for finding uncommon geese

Tim Schreckengost|

Ah, it’s that time of year, the time when geese congregate in fields hoping a birder will come pick through them. Looking at geese can be overwhelming and may not seem appealing to most, but to me, goosing is my go-to, or jam if you will, this time of year. If you want to find uncommon geese, here are four …