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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Early Philly Migration on NEXRAD

So far there have been a few nights with birds on the NEXRAD.  Tonight is another night of light migration.  A few birds on the radar, but not hearing any on my microphone.  Still waiting for nocturnal migrants to make an appearance here at my listening station.

Light nocturnal migration over Philly

Monday, March 18, 2019

Kōlea--Hawaiian urban bird

On a recent trip to Oahu to present Mayan ethno-ornithological results at an endangered languages conference, I enjoyed spending time with the kōlea, otherwise known as the Pacific Golden Plover.  While I tend to think of these as breeders in the arctic wilderness, in Hawaii these guys are running around in people's lawns, roadsides, and even forests.  They are common everywhere, and a lot of fun to watch.  If you get to Hawaii during the winter months, you are sure to see them running around everywhere.  Enjoy!


kōlea or Pacific Golden Plover

kōlea on a rooftop

Monday, January 21, 2019

BCDC Field Trip--January 19


Last Saturday I led a morning field trip for the Birding Club of Delaware County.  We hit the main vantage points along the Delaware River here in Delaware County, looking for wintering waterfowl and other winter birds.  Highlights were Great Cormorant (locally uncommon) and 61 Tundra Swans.  I also found a couple American Tree Sparrows right before the trip started, but we didn't see them when were were all together.  It was cold, but the weather was fine and we managed about 30 species in a couple hours.  

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