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 …


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 …


Rhode Island Mini Pelagic

Steve Brenner|

Northern Fulmar showing the rival fishing boat some moves (Rhode Island 2015 - photo by Steve Brenner)

Ah, the open sea. Is there anything more exciting than a trip to look for pelagic birds? Last Wednesday, along with Olivia DaRugna (who is something of a natural-born scrimshander), my old Borneo compadre Ryan Steiner (who is on pace to crack 1,000 species in one calendar year), and Clara Cooper-Mullin (queen of the hashtags), I was lucky enough to …


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There will be games

a guest blogger|

This was a decent photo, up until I tried to get all artsy and festive and black out the bird and its perch rock. Chuckar, Antelope Island State Park, Utah, 6/17/15

Friend of NemesisBird, Matt Sabatine, provides another great guest article – this one about his recent trip to Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona where he met up with Alex Lamoreaux for a little birding near Salt Lake City and the Grand Tetons…. Actor John Cusack was once visiting the domicile of the great Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and surprised by the …


Borneo Big Day

Steve Brenner|

Oriental Pratincole (photo by Steve Brenner)

Hank Aaron, Edmund Hillary, Billy Mitchell: record holders and champions of their respective fields. While a big day of birding isn’t exactly the same as reaching the summit of Everest or holding the highest score in Q*bert, the task of racking up as many species as possible in 24 hours can be daunting in its own right. Make the birding location …


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Birding the Kinabatangan River

Steve Brenner|

Oriental pied Hornbill, waking up in the gutter (photo by Steve Brenner)

The phrase ‘jungle river cruise’ is tossed around a lot these days. Every morning at the old office water cooler, somebody just keeps on talking about that excellent jungle river cruise they took years ago. Well, I decided to try my hand at such an experience in Borneo on the Kinabatangan River, and boy was it worth it. For starters, …


Afternoon in Cancun

Alex Lamoreaux|

My first lifer of the trip - Tropical Mockingbird (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

The most cost-efficient option for me to get from the US to Belize this past November was to fly to Cancun, Mexico and then take an overnight express bus to Belize City. Being a birder, I purposely scheduled my flight to arrive in Cancun early so that I could have the entire afternoon to roam around the city before the bus left at …


Belmar Paulagic – Jan. 2, 2015

Alex Lamoreaux|

Common Murre flushing ahead of the boat. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

See Life Paulagics kicked off it’s 2015 winter pelagic line-up with an 8 hour trip out of Belmar, New Jersey on January 2nd. This short trip stayed close to shore, and we had great weather, and fairly calm seas which helped to make this the perfect trip for birders new to the pelagic scene. A constant stream of chum behind the …


Pygmy Kingfisher, King Vulture, and more Kites!

Anna Fasoli|

American Pygmy Kingfisher (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

Today was another great day of birding in Cattle Landing, Belize. The morning started out great with four new species for me. Early in the AM, I found a Red-legged Honeycreeper near my house sitting in the top of a tree. Soon after on a trek down a new road, a single Olive-backed Euphonia was foraging near a Greenish Elaenia, …