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eBird: Agreeing to agree

Cameron Rutt|

Snow Geese Flock

eBird has done countless things to revolutionize birding, not the least of which includes elevating birding to a scientific pursuit, where a once recreational activity now has meaningful implications. What was once relegated to a single day of birding for most regions over the course of the year – the Christmas Bird Count – now occurs on a near daily …


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Birding Aruba – Part 1

Tim Schreckengost|

Bananaquit at Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Aruba on 24 June 2014. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

See also: Part 2 | Part 3 On Monday, June 23rd, my wife and I flew from Pittsburgh to Aruba for our honeymoon. Everyone who knows my wife is aware that she is not a birder and will only tolerate a certain amount of birding – a fine line I’ve been walking since I started birding five years ago! The trip …


Parking Lot Birding – Common Raven in Cecil County, MD

Tim Schreckengost|

Common Raven near Elkton, MD on 3 March 2014. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Yesterday morning, Matt Boone picked me up around 8:00 to bird the Susquehanna River at Port Deposit for a couple of hours before spending the rest of the day mindlessly flipping through pages of a stat book. A mile down the road, Matt decided he wanted to get gas before we got too far, so we pulled into the first …


One-a-Day eBird Challenge

Tim Schreckengost|

Peregrine Falcon - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Robert Mortensen introduced the One-a-Day eBird Challenge several years ago and now eBird is taking it to the next level. The goal of the One-a-Day eBird Challenge is to submit at least one eBird Checklist per day. Starting in January 2014, eBird will be giving prizes away from Carl Zeiss Sport Optics and Princeton University Press for a new challenge each …


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Snowy Owl Irruption Watch 2013-14

Tim Schreckengost|

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The winter of 2013-2014 is proving to be one of the biggest Snowy Owl irruptions in years, even though owls just started arriving in the Mid-Atlantic region during the last two weeks. Here we will be trying to keep an updated account of all the Snowy Owl activity in the Mid-Atlantic states during this irruption season and score each bird …


Snowy Owls make it to Delaware!

Tim Schreckengost|

Snowy Owl eBird records for November 2013. Credit - eBird.org

For the past couple of weeks, Snowy Owls have been making a significant push into the northeast. They appear to be concentrating in coastal areas, but are making their presence known in the Great Lakes region as well. There are only a few inland records thus far, but folks should definitely be on the lookout! Anyway, I’ve been enviously watching …


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MEGA: Gray Kingbird in Delaware

Tim Schreckengost|

Will someone find another Delaware Gray Kingbird? Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The madness, if you will, started late Wednesday morning as I was sifting through insects for my grad research. I got an eBird Rare Bird Alert for Delaware that listed a Clay-colored Sparrow about ten minutes from my house. I sent the guy an email to see if I could come look for the bird. He replied a half our …


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National Wildlife Refuge Week eBird Challenge!

Tim Schreckengost|

Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware. I'll be visiting this refuge and probably Bombay Hook NWR during National Wildlife Refuge Week. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

OK bird nerds, now that everyone knows how to look like a cool birder (if you don’t, follow these 12 steps), there is a new challenge that involves prizes. Interested? Read on. National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13-19, is just around the corner. There is at least ONE refuge in every state (check out this link to find one near …


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Introducing eBird Hotspots Explorer

Drew Weber|

Hotspots World Heatmap

eBird just released an awesome new feature that really lets you figure out great places to bird, as well as giving us new ways to look at our favorite birding spots. Hotspots Explorer is epic! The first view shows a heat map, where you can see which areas of the world have the highest diversity. Not surprisingly, the coast is …


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BirdsEye Hotspots

Drew Weber|

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Today we are excited to launch BirdsEye Hotspots, a new app from Birds in the Hand (the publishers of BirdsEye and BirdLog apps) that gives you the info you need to find and get to a great birding location near you. The Nemesis Bird crew has been helping develop and beta test the app in our spare time over the last few …