Category Archives: Rarities

Kirtland's Warbler- Digiscoped with Leica APO Televid 65mm scope using iPhone 5s and a Phone Skope adapter.

Life Looks – Kirtland’s Warbler

I once had a run in with a Kirtland’s Warbler, a debacle which is described in this post. My first visit to the famed migration hotspot, Magee Marsh, and I…

Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Photo by Mark Bowman)

One day wonder: Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Illinois!

On Monday, May 12, an email went out to the Illinois birding community that the Bowman brothers (Chris and Mark) had found a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve in…

Franklin's Gull at Curtin Wetlands (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Franklin’s Gull – Centre County, PA

Late yesterday afternoon during the annual Shaver’s Creek Birding Cup my team, the Nemesis Birders, were racing around trying to pick up as many new species as possible before the 7pm…

Willow Ptarmigan - Jefferson County, New York (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Willow Ptarmigan – 1st for New York!

Today myself and 8 fellow PA birders embarked on a weekend-long PSO field trip to the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, however our plans took a very unexpected turn when I noticed…

Adult Little Gull (Photo by Nathan Goldberg)

Finding a Little Gull in Illinois

Three days ago, March 26th, I had only about six hours to go birding. I talked with my friend Andy Sigler to see what would be possible, and we outlined…