Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Laguna Atascosa NWR

Alex Lamoreaux|

Crimson-collared Grosbeak immature male hiding in a potato tree (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The first full day of our Nemesis Bird Nature Tour to south Texas brought us to the headquarters of Laguna Atascosa NWR. This vast refuge is one of the last homes for Aplomado Falcons and Ocelots in the United States, but our sights were set on hunting down a visiting rarity – the immature male Crimson-collared Grosbeak that has been hanging out …


South Padre Warblers on Parade

Alex Lamoreaux|

Cape May Warbler adult male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Sandwiched between the rush of spring-breakers in March and the arrival of beach-goers in June, there is another invasion of visitors to South Padre Island during the end of April and beginning of May. They may be much more discrete than rowdy, drunken college kids but dress just as gaudy and they don’t crowd the beaches with 4X4’s and umbrellas like …


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Trumpeter Swans with ‘captive’ neck-collars in PA

Alex Lamoreaux|

Trumpeter Swan Z675 which is currently in Schuylkill County with Z603. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Trumpeter Swans are rare but increasing in Pennsylvania, and more are found every year. Many of the swans found in PA have yellow neck-collars or yellow wing-tags from the Ontario reintroduction efforts. However, there has been an interesting rush of sightings of 3 different neck-collared Trumpeter Swans in PA since March 10th; all of which have stained, white neck-collars with 4-digit codes on …


Yellow-billed Loon and Common Mew Gull – Race Point, Cape Cod

Alex Lamoreaux|

On February 27th, Steve Arena discovered the first Massachusetts record of Yellow-billed Loon at the infamous Race Point at the tip of Cape Cod. This huge loon species is a hard bird to see almost anywhere in the Lower 48, only found occasionally along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. This first-winter immature is only the second record along the East Coast, and …


Cooperative Florida Scrub-Jays – Merritt Island NWR

Tim Schreckengost|

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During this year’s Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, I met up with a few folks from the Leica Birding Team to search for Florida Scrub-Jays at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The obvious place to look for them within the refuge is along the Scrub Trail. Drew and I dipped on them last year, but we turned the tables …


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Northeast Goose Finding Tactics

Alex Lamoreaux|

Greater White-fronted Goose among Snow Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

With the Delaware Goose-a-palooza 2016 coming up this weekend, we’ve put together a short summary of the Northeast’s common and unusual goose species and also a few helpful links for participants. Remember that if you haven’t signed up for the event, please email Alan Kneidel and he can register you for a team and goose-searching territory. The objective for each team during the Goose-a-palooza is …


Cape May Pelagic – February 6th, 2015

Alex Lamoreaux|

The mighty Great Skua passing the boat. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This past Saturday was the Cape May See Life Paulagics trip, and our boat-full of eager birders were in for a great day on the ocean. We sailed out of the Cape May canal while the first hint of light rose above the horizon, passing 2 Harlequin Ducks, 7 Great Cormorants, 30 American Oystercatchers, and a nice spattering of the usual seaducks around …


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Delaware Goose-a-palooza 2016

Alex Lamoreaux|

Canada Goose (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

NemesisBird.com would like to invite you to participate in a new mid-Atlantic birding event, dubbed the Delaware Goose-a-palooza which will be held on Saturday, February 27th, 2016!  In short, this will be a one-day birding extravaganza of rare goose searching. The vision is to assemble multiple one-vehicle teams to cover assigned territories throughout Delaware (and potentially beyond). The objective is simple: Locate goose flocks …


Blue Heron Wetlands in Titusville FL – a birder’s guide

Tim Schreckengost|

Anhinga - Tim Schreckengost

Last year during the World Digiscopers Meeting, there was an outing to a local birding hotspot in Titusville called Blue Heron Wetlands. We spent a few hours in the afternoon sun and wind, which produced very little. Needless to say, I wasn’t too impressed. That was until I revisited the site last week. In this post, I’ll give tips and …


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Big Years ending, more starting up!

Drew Weber|

The Big Year

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 were some very notable big year efforts in 2015, and some equally World Big Year With 6,042 species, Noah Strycker not only passed the old record…he thoroughly crushed it and …