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10 Warblers you won’t want to miss at the Biggest Week

Ah, the Biggest Week in American Birding is just around the corner. As I am writing this post, the Warbler Capital of the World will be loaded with birds and birders in 2 weeks, 3 days, 6 hours, 16 minutes, and 55 seconds. Anna was thinking about the Biggest Week back when she was tired of winter back in March, Drew presented five reasons you should go to the Biggest Week, and Steve showed the…

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How to React at the Biggest Week

It’s almost here! With less than a month until the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival in northwest Ohio, we here at Nemesisbird can hardly hide our excitement.

Moving from rural Pennsylvania to college in the city was a big transition for me. Part of this had to do with the birds. My yard list back home is up to 187 species, whereas my list here in Harvard Yard stands at a measly 28 species. This list does include some interesting birds: a Wild Turkey seen trotting down Harvard Street, a Common Raven spotted circling over my dorm, and a Savannah Sparrow…

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This Week in Birding 64

:: Canada Rare Bird Alert: A Common Shelduck was found near Renews, Newfoundland, on April 2nd. Pending acceptance, this would be a first provincial record and potential first for the ABA area.

:: One of the UK’s most important bird of prey colonies is apparently being targeted in its core breeding area, after 16 raptors were found fatally poisoned in a small area of the Scottish Highlands;…

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 12

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

Liveblog – We’re at the Birding Optics and Gear Expo!

Bird Watcher’s Digest is hosting a free try-before-you-buy event, the Birding Optics and Gear Expo, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. I’ll be hanging out at the Phone Skope booth all weekend, so if you’re in the area, swing by to talk about digiscoping, birding, the new Sibley Guide, and anything else birding or nonbirding related! Also, David La Puma (no,…

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Close encounters of the feathered kind

Late last week brought the first spring fallout of warblers to South Padre Island. Trans-gulf migrants, or birds that cut straight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula, find themselves exhausted upon reaching land. If the winds are “right” (“right” being a rather awful term, because although great for birding, it is awful for the birds as many never reach land and die over the…

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Finding a Little Gull in Illinois

Three days ago, March 26th, I had only about six hours to go birding. I talked with my friend Andy Sigler to see what would be possible, and we outlined the possibilities. We could go to the Kankakee River (Kankakee County) for White-winged Scoters, go to Dresden Lock and Dam (Grundy County) for White-winged and possibly a Surf Scoter, hit Fermi Lab (DuPage County) for waterfowl, and/or go to…

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