There will be games

a guest bloggerBirding, Featured, Trip Reports3 Comments

Friend of NemesisBird, Matt Sabatine, provides another great guest article – this one about his recent trip to Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona where he met up with Alex Lamoreaux for a little birding near Salt Lake City and the Grand Tetons…. Actor John Cusack was once visiting the domicile of the great Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and surprised by the … Read More

BRRI Hawkwatch: November 22, 2014

Anna FasoliBirding, General News and Info0 Comments

Migration seems to be slowing down at the BRRI Cattle Landing Hawkwatch run by Belize Raptor Research Institute, but we still managed to get a few good migrants today. We counted a handful of Broad-winged hawks, seventeen Hook-billed Kites, and we also broke our record for latest Mississippi Kite in Belize (another juvenile). Around 1:30 pm while things were slow, Isael and … Read More

Pygmy Kingfisher, King Vulture, and more Kites!

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding, Trip Reports0 Comments

Today was another great day of birding in Cattle Landing, Belize. The morning started out great with four new species for me. Early in the AM, I found a Red-legged Honeycreeper near my house sitting in the top of a tree. Soon after on a trek down a new road, a single Olive-backed Euphonia was foraging near a Greenish Elaenia, … Read More

Hawk Migration Up-Close and Awesome

Steve BrennerBanding, Birding, Field Work, Identification, Migration2 Comments

This fall, I’m stationed atop Capilla Peak in the Manzano Mountains, about 25 miles southeast of Albuquerque. My purpose: count, identify, and band as many migrating raptors as possible. Myself and three others are working for Hawkwatch International, an organization devoted to the conservation of North American raptors. There is nothing quite like a complete immersion into the miracle of … Read More

Birding the Southern California Desert

Nathan GoldbergBirding2 Comments

Over the past few days, I have been staying in La Quinta, in Southern California. My family is here for a wedding, but we have had some time to explore the more natural parts of the area. Last Friday (the 28th), my family visited the Indian Canyons south of Palm Springs. This was a place my dad used to visit … Read More

Support Idaho Bird Observatory’s Long-billed Curlew Satellite Tracking Project

Anna FasoliConservation Issues, Field Work, Migration, Science1 Comment

In the summer of 2011, Alex and I spent a few months working for Idaho Bird Observatory near Boise, Idaho. We spent a lot of time on public lands searching for Long-billed Curlew nests in a region that once had a healthy population of nesting curlews. What we found was not what we had expected (as two hopeful biologists); we … Read More

10 Reasons to visit the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Area right now!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Photography4 Comments

Among raptor fanatics, the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is not only a mouthful of words but also a world-famous site for viewing lots of raptors representing lots of species, at close proximity. In 1993, about 485,000 acres of public land along 81 miles of the Snake River in southwestern Idaho, was declared a national conservation area. … Read More

Cape May Trip – Part 4

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Migration, Morning Flight, Photography, Rarities, Research, Trip Reports2 Comments

This is the fourth part of a series of posts about my recent birding trip to Cape May, which began with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.   On October 22nd, the three of us got up extra early to make it over to the Higbee Beach SWA Morning Flight station. While we waited for the sun to rise, we could … Read More

Determining Age and Color-type of Swainson’s Hawks: Part 3 – Juveniles

Alex LamoreauxBirding2 Comments

This is the third post in a series about ageing and determining color-type of Swainson’s Hawks, the first post focused on telling age, the second post focused on telling color-type and sex of adults and this post will focus on determining color-type of juveniles. Unlike adult birds, juvenile Swainson’s Hawks cannot be sexed in the field by plumage characteristics. However, … Read More

Determining Age and Color-type of Swainson’s Hawks: Part 2 – Adults

Alex LamoreauxBirding, General News and Info, Identification, Science1 Comment

This is the second in a series of posts concerning how to age Swainson’s Hawks and how to determine what color type, and if possible, what sex the particular bird is. The first post can be found at this link, and goes into detail about how to tell a juvenile, subadult, and adult Swainson’s in the field. This post will … Read More