Female American Kestrel with aberrant plumage (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

‘Ginger’ American Kestrel

After seeing a posting about an oddly-plumaged American Kestrel in Lancaster County by Kris Miller, I decided to run down today and try to find the bird myself for some…

The Big Year

Big Years ending, more starting up!

The start of a new year is a great time to look at all of the Big Years that were completed in 2015, and the new efforts that are just starting. There…

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Field Life is for the Birds (and the termites, and the frogs…)

Living afield in the Amazon is a bit like journeying back in time. Yes, we have electricity, at least when the camp generator is running (or, for that matter, simply…

Northern Fulmar showing the rival fishing boat some moves (Rhode Island 2015 - photo by Steve Brenner)

Rhode Island Mini Pelagic

Ah, the open sea. Is there anything more exciting than a trip to look for pelagic birds? Last Wednesday, along with Olivia DaRugna (who is something of a natural-born scrimshander),…

One of 12 Red Crossbills (a male) foraging in a Japanese Black Pine at Hammonasset SP. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Last Minute Gift Guide for Birders

It’s getting down to the wire and you are probably wondering what to get for that birder on your list. Here are some simple ideas that should be easy to…

Black-collared Hawk - adult; Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

Belize Raptor Spotlight: Black-collared Hawk

Last year at this time, I spent two months in Belize helping to count raptors at the Cattle Landing Hawk Watch site in Punta Gorda, Belize, for Belize Raptor Research…

One of 4 cave swallows reported in Rhode Island (photo by Steve Brenner)

Ye Olde New England November

November turned out to be a pretty good month for rare birds in New England. Sure, the Buffalo Bills lost to the Patriots for about the zillionth time. And of…

Stilt Sandpiper - Adult at Conejohela Flats, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Conservation victory for shorebirds

I just read an article about one of my favorite Pennsylvania haunts, Conejohela Flats in Lancaster Co. that made my day. Let me set the scene– Conejohela Flats is a series…

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Expectations vs. Reality: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Most of us probably have some preconceived notions about what fieldwork in the Amazon rainforest entails. I certainly did. Who knows where these ideas originate or even if they were…

Back in Buffalo, this Whimbrel would be RBA worthy. Here in RI, it's no biggie. But still awesome. (photo by Steve Brenner)

A Re-Education in Relocation

Much like birds, people sometimes have to move around in this crazy world – particularly in these modern times full of hyper-tech global markets and the ‘Very Big Corporations of…