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One of the many things I love about birding is the small community atmosphere and willingness of others to help in times of need. Even when a complete stranger is involved.

I’ve been home sick for two days so I’ve been spending a ridiculous amount of time on the internet. This morning after dragging myself back into bed after making breakfast, I stumbled across a post shared by Kimberly Kauffman…

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Phone Skope Big Year – June Update

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June started off really slow from a digiscoping perspective. I got married on June 7th and was busy preparing and winding down from that. The first I opportunity I had to digiscope came during my honeymoon in Aruba. Actually, all of my Phone Skope Big Year additions in June came from Aruba. Here are a few highlights.

Tropical Mockingbird was the first species I digiscoped in Aruba. Mockingbirds…

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This Week in Birding 75

:: More news and studies about neonicotinoid pesticides — not surprisingly, researchers have found that in areas where water contained high concentrations of imidacloprid, insectivorous bird populations tended to decline, by an annual average of 3.5 percent.

:: The flooding in southern Manitoba this summer has been exacerbated by the loss of many ponds and wetlands in the province as farmers have…

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 16

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above.

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Young Barred Owl at Whiskey Hollow - Digiscoped with Leica APO Televid 65mm scope using iPhone 5s and a Phone Skope adapter.

Young Barred Owl at Whiskey Hollow – Digiscoped with Leica APO Televid 65mm scope using iPhone 5s and a Phone…

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Birding Aruba – Part 3

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See also Birding Aruba – Part 1
See also Birding Aruba – Part 2

I started out Saturday morning sea watching from Eagle Beach (eBird Checklist), where Brown Pelicans and Magnificent Frigatebirds were plentiful. I scanned the beach and noticed four Common Terns to the east, my first for the island. More people were showing up on the beach and the avian activity slowed, so I decided to head in for…

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Birding Aruba – Part 2

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See also Birding Aruba – Part 1

I didn’t do much birding during our third day on the island, but I managed to hit a few spots as we explored the southeast portion of the island before dinner. As we were driving, I pulled off into a shady parking lot (eBird Checklist) to scan the beach and sea for anything interesting. Of course, Bananaquits and Carib Grackles were extremely active in the trees…

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Birding Aruba – Part 1

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On Monday, June 23rd, my wife and I flew from Pittsburgh to Aruba for our honeymoon. Everyone who knows my wife is awareor  that she is not a birder and will only tolerate a certain amount of birding – a fine line I’ve been walking since I started birding five years ago! The trip was definitely not a hardcore birding trip, but I managed to squeeze a few hours here and there during our week long…

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 15

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above.

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Digiscoped with a Leica APO-Televid 65 with Phone Skope adapter for iPhone 5s.

Mourning Warbler - Drew Weber

I was down in Pennsylvania…

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Piping Plovers – Beyond Cute

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Many birders are familiar with this small migratory shorebird and some know of its endangered status. Not to mention the fact that they’re adorable. But there’s a lot more about Piping Plovers (PIPL) than their good looks.

There are two subspecies in three distinct populations of Piping Plovers. The Atlantic coast has its own subspecies (Charadrius melodus melodus)while the internal populations…

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Photo Study – Idaho Harlequin Duck

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Whether floating along rocky ocean shorelines or navigating the raging rapids of a mountain stream, Harlequin Ducks are totally at home in rough water. The fast-flowing, high elevation rivers and creeks flowing throughout the boreal forests of northern Idaho are the perfect haven for these colorful ducks, and I was really looking forward to turning one up while I’m working out here this summer.…

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