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Here is how Pokemon Go is birding.

Anna Fasoli|

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So Nintendo emerged from its decade long slump and finally released a hit, although this time it wasn’t on its own console, but on iPhone and Android smartphones. Pokemon GO basically forces users to move around (literally) to collect classic Pokemon characters through their smart phone screens in the real world. It brings out the hoarding habits of the 14-year-old …


Uptown Yellow-crowns

Alex Lamoreaux|

Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

For PA birders looking for some exciting mid-summer birding, the Susquehanna River through Harrisburg offers excellent viewing and photo opportunities for herons and egrets. Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons nest and forage on islands in the river, along with lower numbers of Green Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons. The real highlight though is the large number of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons that can be …


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Fourth Annual 4th of July Birding Challenge!

Steve Brenner|

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It’s a big year for the annual Nemesisbird 4th of July Birding Challenge: It’s an election year in the US (in case you have been under a rock for 9 months), it’s the Fourth year of the 4th of July birding challenge, Hamilton the musical swept the Tony Awards, and the sequel to Independence Day is in theaters. What more could …


What’s left of the Prairie State…

Alex Lamoreaux|

Upland Sandpiper (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After a very busy May, which included (winning!) the Birding Cup in central PA and then guiding at the Biggest Week in American Birding, I ventured out to central Illinois to help with some bird surveys on two proposed wind facilities. Other than spending a few half-days birding Illinois during cross-country trips, I have never really spent much time in …


Screech-Owls at the Biggest Week

Alex Lamoreaux|

Brown type Eastern Screech-Owl roosting near its nestbox (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Besides mind-blowing views of 30+ warbler species, another highlight for many birders during the Biggest Week in American Birding is seeing Eastern Screech-Owls sleeping out in the open. These little, camouflaged owls often have their cover blown by angry flocks of songbirds and can be spotted roosting out in the open, or if you know which owl nestboxes to keep an eye …


Unusual American Golden-Plover – McLean County, Illinois

Alex Lamoreaux|

Leucistic/dilute American Golden-Plover (back) with 'normal' American Golden-Plovers in the foreground (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Vast agricultural areas aren’t exactly the first landscape that comes to mind when thinking of ideal migrant shorebird habitat. For me the vast coastal marshes of the Delmarva will always be at the top of the list for the country’s best shorebird-watching, but while doing bird surveys in central Illinois recently I was happy to encounter many large flocks of American Golden-Plovers flying …


Rajah Scops Owl: Malaysian Mega

Steve Brenner|

Rajah Scops Owl. Photo by Andy Boyce (Kinabalu Park, May 2016)

Rare birds are cool. This much we know. But what happens when a rare bird transitions from a neat stroke of birding luck to a downright biological discovery? That’s when the real fun begins and we get to go beyond birding. When migratory birds turn up in places they are not supposed to be, everyone gets jazzed to see it …


Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Laguna Atascosa NWR

Alex Lamoreaux|

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

April 17th, 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 …