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 …


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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|

Atlantic Brant flying over the dunes at Race Point, Cape Cod (Photo by 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 …


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 …


Ye Olde New England November

Steve Brenner|

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

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 course all of my documentation photos/videos are too soft, too blurry, or just too distant. And yes, I was the only person on the east coast to miss a Franklin’s …


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The August Brooklyn Pelagic a.k.a pterodroma magic

Drew Weber|

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For the 3rd August in a row, I’ve managed to find myself on Paulagics fantastic overnight pelagics. This year they have moved to a new boat, the Brooklyn IV, and a new dock in Brooklyn which is more convenient than the old spot in Freeport. There had been several fantastic pelagics just north and south of us recently, including double-digit …


Brooklyn Overnight Pelagic AKA Skua Fest 2015

Luke Musher|

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East coast pelagic birding is what it is. Usually it’s relatively unproductive (ignoring the pelagic birding off of North Carolina) with low numbers of individuals, and you’re lucky to see one or two rare or heavily sought after pelagic species. On the west coast it is not unusual to see hundreds of shearwaters and tens of thousands of storm-petrels, plus the rare …


Whimbrel at Somerset Lake (AGAIN!)

Andy McGann|

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Lightning struck a second time today at Somerset Lake IBA. After work, Mike Lanzone and Jeff Payne stopped by the lake, hoping for a White-rumped Sandpiper or maybe even a Red Knot. They were both shocked to find a WHIMBREL instead. This Arctic-to-Caribbean-and-back migrant is a powerful flier, and research by the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked Whimbrels regularly …


The Final Longspur

Alex Lamoreaux|

Immature Smith's Longspur at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

I’ve grown up seeing a few Lapland Longspurs each winter, sprinkled into Horned Lark flocks in the farmland of Pennsylvania. This past summer I was able to spend some quality time in the midwestern prairies, and was fortunate to see both Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs on their breeding grounds. That left me with one final longspur species to see in …


The Thousand Mile Chase

a guest blogger|

Village of East Apple River, Nova Scotia. Photo by Matt Sabatine.

This post comes from Matt Sabatine, who recently had the chance to bird from Pennsylvania to Nova Scotia, where some great birds have been reported recently. The reliable duo of rarities in Nova Scotia was just too good to resist. A EURASIAN KESTREL has been hanging out in the area of Hartlen Point outside Halifax, Nova Scotia since December, and a FIELDFARE has been …