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Photo Study – The Ponce Inlet Purple Sandpiper

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On the afternoon of January 25, 2015, a few members of the Leica Birding Team and I stopped by the jetty at Lighthouse Point Park (Ponce Inlet, eBird checklist) to see if we could get Raymond his lifer Purple Sandpiper. Purple Sandpipers are only being seen at two locations in Florida, Lighthouse Point Park and Fort Clinch State Park, making …

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 25

Purple Sandpiper at the 8th Street Jetty in Avalon, NJ on 11 January 2015. Digiscoped with a Samsung Galaxy S4 + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & 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. Yesterday, I spent the day birding southern New Jersey with Matt Boone, Abby …

Digiscoping at the Indian River Inlet – a Phone Skope Big Year 2014 Update

Herring Gull - Tim Schreckengost

This past Sunday, Alan Kneidel, Taj Schottland, Matt Boone, and I ventured to the Indian River Inlet (eBird Checklist) in Sussex County, Delaware. After a necessary pre-trip Wawa stop, we left Newark shortly after 6 and arrived at the north parking lot at 7:45. The air was chilly and the sun was bright as we started the short hike out …

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Snowy Owl and Purple Sandpipers in Florida – January 7th

Harlequin Duck

I wrote up a post roughly a week ago about birding in Duval and Nassau counties, which can be read here. A few days ago, on January 7th, Dan Irizarry came up once again to try to get the Snowy Owl. The bird had been refound the day after we had tried, and has been seen consistently ever since. Due to …

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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ

Long-tailed Duck

Last Saturday, I traveled to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in New Jersey. Although slightly chilly, the sun and lack of wind made the birding conditions excellent… or at least better than most January days along the Jersey shore! Upon arriving, a small group of Black-crowned Night-Herons passed directly overhead, circling around the lighthouse several times before moving over the open …

Close Encounter of the Peregrine Kind

The Peregrine has always been one of my favorite birds, and to have one fly past us this close was unbelievable! (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After enjoying Delaware’s 1st Anna’s Hummingbird on the morning of January 2nd Josh Lefever, Mark Mizak, and I drove towards Cape May, NJ. Our primary goal for the day was to spend some time birding Stone Harbor Point, one of my favorite birding locations in New Jersey. Stone Harbor Point rarely disappoints and more-often-than-not, we find species there that we don’t see …

Purple Sandpiper – Conneaut Harbor

After having several decent looks at the stunning Black-tailed Gull in Ashtabula, the four of us continued on to Conneaut Harbor in hopes of finding another rare gull- the Black-headed Gull. This slightly larger cousin of the Bonaparte’s Gull sports a red bill and legs, along with some black on the underwing tips; all subtle features that can make it …

Barnegat Inlet – November 19th

To kick off fall break Josh Lefever, Nate Fronk, and I drove down to New Jersey for five days of birding. We began our trip at 7:45am on the 19th at one of my all-time favorite birding locations on the east coast – Barnegat Inlet. As soon as we arrived, we knew it was going to be good; birds were …

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New Jersey Birding – Part 1

American Bittern

Last Friday, November 19th, was the start of our Thanksgiving Break so my friends and I decided to go to Cape May, NJ for some birding with the hope of getting Tim and Josh some life birds and get me a few year birds for my Big Year. Nate Fronk, Tim Schrekengost, Josh Lefever, and  a friend of Nate and …