Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 19

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars.

Alcids of the Olympic Peninsula

Typical coastline habitat of the Olympic Peninsula, as seen from Cape Flattery. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Typical coastline habitat of the Olympic Peninsula, as seen from Cape Flattery. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Dense temperate rainforest covers the Olympic Peninsula of Washington right up until the coastline, then rocky cliffs and towering islands create a stunning coastal landscape where at least 12 species of alcids can be seen from shore or by taking a boat just a few miles out onto the ocean.…

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This Week in Birding 78

:: The Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to monitor its three web cams on Seal Island, Maine, a National Wildlife Refuge in outer Penobscot Bay, to contribute data for a project scientists hope will help save Atlantic puffins in the state from starvation.

:: The California Clapper Rail has been renamed Ridgway’s Rail, the American Ornithologists’ Union announced recently, after a DNA…

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Photo Essay: Iceland birds

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An Atlantic Puffin sits outside its burrow on a nesting cliff above the town of Vik in southern Iceland [Photo by Lukas Musher]

Some of you may know, (though most of you probably don’t and why would you?), that I was just in Iceland with my girlfriend, Audrey (everybody please give her a warm welcome to the birding community), for a combination of hiking, camping, birding, and general nature…

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The Puffins of Latrabjarg

17 milimeters of pure wide-angle joy.  All of life's hardships momentarily melted away as I held my camera mere fractions of a foot from this Atlantic Puffin.  Note the daisies look rather radical in this photo. [Photo ©Lukas Musher]

17 milimeters of pure wide-angle joy. All of life’s hardships momentarily melted away as I held my camera mere fractions of a foot from this Atlantic Puffin. Note the daisies look rather radical in this photo. [Photo ©Lukas Musher]

Puffins are definitely one of those captivating and exciting animals that anyone will enjoy looking at.  Perhaps  it’s their clownish and colorful faces, or superficial…

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‘Puget Sound’ White-crowned Sparrows

Adult 'Puget Sound' White-crowned Sparrow from Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Adult ‘Puget Sound’ White-crowned Sparrow from Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Many species of sparrows vary considerably in appearance and vocalizations across their ranges in North America. In particular Dark-eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows show the most distinct populations. The White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys), one…

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This Week in Birding 77

:: Alberta has announced that the Western Grebe has been added to the province’s threatened species list, and that the Trumpeter Swan, a species on its way to recovery, has been removed from the list of threatened species.

:: Following up on the groundbreaking study, by University of Alberta biologist Colleen Cassady St. Clair of bird landings at toxic tailing ponds (see Bird News #70 from June),…

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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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