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

Giving Thanks for Winter Birding

Giving Thanks for Winter Birding

Over the past few days winter weather has finally gripped portions of Upstate New York, even outside of the lake effect snow belt and the snowier cities of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. Here in Columbia County (halfway between Albany and New York City) the last few days has shown us frequent temperatures below freezing, roaring […]

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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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Timberdoodle

Timberdoodle

Just last night I heard my first American Woodcock of 2013, calling. Peenting. Where I live in Columbia County, NY, these birds are as true a harbinger of spring as any passage of geese or flock of blackbirds.  Ever since I heard and subsequently saw my first American Woodcock displaying some 10+ years ago I’ve […]

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