Birding

Bohemian Double Dip

Bohemian Double Dip

It was sometime around the end of February when I started to take stock in all the sightings of Bohemian Waxwings that were being reported across the Northeast. On its own, the presence of this species in the region is enough to make any birder worth his or her salt take notice. However, this species is a life bird […]

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For the Love of (Winter) Feeder Birds

For the Love of (Winter) Feeder Birds

As Winter Storm Linus brings a swath of heavy snow across the Northeast today, I can’t help but turn my eyes to my bird feeders from the comfort of my home and feel a sense of warmth, nostalgia, and excitement. For many birders myself included, heavy snowstorms and watching birds at the feeders go hand-in-hand. […]

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Schodack Island State Park 05.12.14

Schodack Island State Park 05.12.14

Sometime during the end of the first week of May I decided that I was going to take at least one morning for a concentrated effort of birding this spring.  So far 2014 has proven difficult in regards to finding a decent block of free time to go birding in a proper fashion. In fact, […]

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Essays

PRBO Observer Tribute to Rich Stallcup

During the years of 2005 and 2006 when I was living in California and working for PRBO Conservation Science (formally the Point Reyes Bird Observatory), I had the great privilege of getting to know and birding alongside Rich Stallcup, perhaps one of the greatest birders the State of California ever had. Rich was actually one […]

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2014 Year Lists

Chad’s 2014 – A Precursor

Chad’s 2014 – A Precursor

Over the past few years my birding efforts could probably be considered uninspiring. It’s not to say that I didn’t get out in the field to chase rarities now and again, or that I didn’t keep a year list, or that I completely let my birding go to the wayside. No, it’s none of those […]

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Other Recent Posts

The Value in Getting Out

The Value in Getting Out

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

It seems that no matter how hard I try, it gets tougher and tougher to get out birding lately. When I was a young man in my twenties, it felt much easier to get afield for a morning, afternoon, full day, or even a week’s worth of birding…it also was a sole purpose. While I […]

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New Year’s Day Snowies!

New Year’s Day Snowies!

| January 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

After two unsuccessful attempts of locating previously reported Snowy Owls in the Northeast, I decided to make a quick trip up to Albany International Airport (NY) for my first day of birding in 2014 to change my luck. With Betsi by my side we quickly made the near hour long trip to Albany International (KALB) […]

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“Bobolink on Barbed Wire”

“Bobolink on Barbed Wire”

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

For the month of December,  the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store (my employer) will be presenting a small showing of art from its employees. While I’ve known about the showing for a while having signed up back in October, time had slipped away from me and with just a single night to get my piece together, […]

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Fall Bird Walk at Mud Creek (September 8, 2013)

Fall Bird Walk at Mud Creek (September 8, 2013)

| September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the heart of Columbia County, NY lies the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in the town of Ghent. Facilities for the nature center include: trails, an indoor classroom, and the Hudson River Estuary exhibit room. The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and traverse a mixture of wetland and field habitats with […]

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