Category Archives: Bird Sightings

Yellow-throated Warbler, South Padre Island (Tiffany Kersten)

Close encounters of the feathered kind

Late last week brought the first spring fallout of warblers to South Padre Island. Trans-gulf migrants, or birds that cut straight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula,…

Adult male White-winged Scoter (Photo by Nathan Goldberg)

Winter Waterfowl in Illinois

Last Saturday (the 15th), Michael Retter and Matt Hale drove up from West Lafayette to stay at my house for the weekend (specifically for the Gull Frolic, more on that…

Common Murre with Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead, and Red-breasted Mergansers (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Chase-able Common Murre – Cape May, NJ

Any murre species, and most alcids in general are difficult to see from land along the east coast. Most winters, small numbers of Razorbills can usually be seen migrating from…

The first Long-eared Owl (Photo by Nathan Goldberg)

Long-eared Owls and White-winged Scoters

Yesterday, I had a half day of school, and couldn’t find a better use of my time than to go birding! I called up my friend Andy Sigler to see…

Female Long-tailed Duck (Photo by Nathan Goldberg)