Connecticut Warbler at Tuckahoe State Park

Tim Schreckengost|

Connecticut Warbler at Tuckahoe State Park, Caroline County, MD on 20 September 2014. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

A few minutes before sunrise this morning, Alex and I made our way to the start of our first transect for the day – Tuckahoe State Park in Caroline County, Maryland. Alex and I are working together this fall, where we are conducting surveys for migrants throughout Delaware and Maryland. Anyway, Alex went ahead and started the bird survey, while …


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 …


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5 to 500

Tim Schreckengost|

Yellow-throated Warbler. Photo by Alex Lamoreaux.

Every avid lister knows the life list benchmarks. When you start birding you are learning the fundamentals, but in the back of your mind you’re thinking about hitting 100, 200, and 300 life birds. I’ve been birding, listing, and eBirding for about five years now and have tallied almost 500 life birds. Hell, I observed 439 species in 2013 (a …


Black-headed Gull – Hunt Valley, MD

Alex Lamoreaux|

Black-headed Gull - Adult at Hunt Valley Town Center, Maryland (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

On January 31st Mark Mizak, Josh Lefever, and I left on a 5 day birding trip for New Years. Our first target of the trip was to the Black-headed Gull at Hunt Valley Town Center near Baltimore, Maryland. This is the third year in a row that an adult Black-headed Gull has over-wintered with Ring-billed Gulls in this parking lot. We …


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New Year, New Birds – Live Updates from the Field!

Alex Lamoreaux|

Harlequin Duck - male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

On Monday, December 31st myself and honorary nemesis birders Josh Lefever and Mark Mizak are embarking on a 5 day birding trip through Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The goal of the trip is to find some lifers for Josh and Mark, conduct a Big Day in Delaware, and get a really nice start to our 2013 year lists! …


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Maryland White-faced Storm-Petrel – 8/25/2012

Anna Fasoli|

White-faced Storm-Petrel - offshore Maryland, August 2012 (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

If you haven’t already heard, my first real pelagic birding trip turned out to be one of the best pelagic trips ever. Not only did we see Maryland’s first state record for Herald Petrel, we also found the target bird of the trip, White-faced Storm-Petrel. If you haven’t already booked a trip with See Life Paulagics, you may be kicking …


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Maryland Herald Petrel – 8/25/12

Alex Lamoreaux|

Herald Petrel - Adult dark type offshore Maryland, 2012 (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

This past weekend, 5 of my friends and I were fortunate enough to be on the See Life Paulagics overnight pelagic out of Lewes, DE. This pelagic turned out to probably be Maryland’s best-ever summer pelagic due to the shear number of awesome species and the great looks we were able to get throughout the day, despite rough seas. For …