Book review: How to Be a Better Birder

by Greg Neise 07.17.2012

When I first got my hands on Derek Lovitch’s How to be a Better Birder, I dug in with a bit more zeal than I usually have for a birding how-to book. This is because I have had the idea of writing a similar thing myself, so… First of all, I like the way he […] [click to continue reading...]

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eBird approaches 100 million records

by eBird 07.10.2012

July 10, 2012
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We are rapidly approaching a new benchmark in eBird – our 100 millionth bird observation! As of 8:13AM EDT on 10 July 2012 we have 97,987,797 observations. July and August are typically the … [click to continue reading...]

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“Three from Two (Two).”

by Mike at Two-Fisted Birdwatcher 06.30.2012

A while back we put a piece here that was a compilation of three blog posts from our online magazine, “Two-Fisted Birdwatcher.” And there was an intro. Now, upon re-reading that intro, we gotta admit that while it was well intended, it might have run on a bit long. If there’s one thing we’ve learned […] [click to continue reading...]

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Stop looking for them … and they will come.

by Matt Fraker 06.26.2012

I started early on this Monday because the heat out here has been rough — 95ish degrees. My first planned stop was up the interstate towards the east at the rather unpleasant exit of Cameo, Colorado. Here one has to drive through the mysterious industrial plant named “Cameo” after also driving by that saver of […] [click to continue reading...]

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A Valley Farewell and a Search for the Dark Eyes of the Uncompahgre

by Matt Fraker 06.22.2012
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I awoke safe and alive after our Transylvanian adventures. Some really big bug got me though, right on my neck … I packed up and headed out for my traditional farewell visit to Patriarch. I hope there comes a June when this visit is not healing some large wound. Two Junes ago, my veterinary mentor […] [click to continue reading...]

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Gray Ghosts and Green Demons

by Matt Fraker 06.19.2012
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I started early today. I wanted to go try to see if the Great Gray Owl that had been visiting Moose-Wilson Road quite regularly was going to show. When I arrived at the Moose flats, there was already a group of photographers set-up all targeting up into a lone Aspen. I stopped to look for […] [click to continue reading...]

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The Church of Histrionicus

by Matt Fraker 06.17.2012
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Birds offer ample mystery and intrigue. I think the joy for many of us in our birdwatching hobby is interacting with this intrigue — going out and becoming a part of it. Now some birds frankly offer little intrigue. I love American Robins. But they keep it pretty mundane — Winter tolerant to the point […] [click to continue reading...]

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Jackson Hole 2012: The Laurance C. Rockefeller Preserve

by Matt Fraker 06.15.2012
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This day broke in beautiful fashion; it required a family outing… Sherri, Posa, our three kids, and I elected to hit the fabulous Laurance C. Rockefeller Preserve. We were greeted in the parking lot by this stunning Red-naped Sapsucker: We wandered up to the Nature Center and the kids and Sherri gathered a “naturalist’s backpack” […] [click to continue reading...]

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Jackson Hole 2012: Moose-Wilson Road Part Deux

by Matt Fraker 06.14.2012
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Let’s revisit the date today. June 10th. And this was the view of the Teton Range looking north from Moose-Wilson Road: The mountains were snowed upon all day, with some snow actually falling on us in the Valley. I love this place. Every June I like to figure out where all the birds are on […] [click to continue reading...]

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Jackson Hole 2012: Nest Hunting the Moose-Wilson Road

by Greg Neise 06.13.2012
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I hit Moose-Wilson Road early today. The weather in the Hole right now is it’s typical June moodiness — this is weather that needs serious medicating… I wanted to spend the morning exploring the mixed aspen-conifer woodlands for Saw-whets and Pygmy-Owls. I had until 11:30am when the rest of the fam damily was flying in. […] [click to continue reading...]

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Jackson Hole 2012: The Laramie Plains, Dry Lake, and Arrival in the Hole

by Matt Fraker 06.12.2012
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I rolled out of Loveland and drove north and then northwest to Laramie, Wyoming. I took a wonderful back road out of Loveland that skirted Fort Collins to the west through some wonderful pinyony high country (no, I was not looking…) that eventually gave way to the open expanses of sage plains. I explored north […] [click to continue reading...]

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Jackson Hole 2012: Road Hugs and Raptors Gone Wild!

by Matt Fraker 06.11.2012
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It was 9:27 am when I entered The Garden. I was solo this time. Tucher had to stay behind. I did my best to convince those in charge of where we will be staying that their dog policy needed some amending. But there would be no amending this time. Having grown use to his co-pilot […] [click to continue reading...]

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A Black-tailed Godwit in Texas!

by Dave Dolan 06.06.2012

A Red-necked Phalarope was found this weekend in a shallow pond just outside of the Brazoria NWR. I went to see the phalarope and had a really difficult time photographing it. The light was terrible and I couldn’t get around it. A Hudsonian Godwit was also there, to the best of my knowledge, and I […] [click to continue reading...]

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Lessons Learned from a Pelagic Trip

by Grant McCreary 06.01.2012

A week ago I was finally able to go on a pelagic trip out of Hatteras, NC with Brian Patteson. I wasn’t a complete pelagic newbie, having been on a trip out of Westport, Washington, along with a winter trip from Georgia. And, of course, I had read a lot of tips about pelagics. Still, […] [click to continue reading...]

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May 30: Arrival at Dutch Harbor

by John Puschock 05.31.2012

After all the excitement of the past few days, today was very quiet. It was our least birdy day of the entire trip. There were a few Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses scattered about, along with some Short-tailed Shearwaters, Northern Fulmars, and assorted alcids, but numbers were much lower than previous days. We came within 3 […] [click to continue reading...]

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May 28 and 29: Short-tailed Bonanza

by John Puschock 05.30.2012

After leaving Little Tanaga Pass on the 27th, we sailed eastward on the north side of Atka Island. Around 7 AM the next morning, the seas got rougher because the wind shifted from the southeast to the east. We were no longer in the lee of Atka. Much of the day was spent heading eastward, […] [click to continue reading...]

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