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Damn, Strait!

Being able to see a different continent from the one you’re standing on is a rare treat. On the beach outside our temporary home in Tarifa, the northern coast of Africa was visible about 9 miles away. This stretch of … Continue reading

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Simply Superb

Seeking out Strigiformes on Superb Owl Sunday is now something of a personal tradition. This “holiday’s” efforts were much more subdued than last year, since I elected to sleep in rather than wake up before the sun. There were several factors … Continue reading

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An Act of Godwit

I was a little slow to start shorebirding in earnest this year, perhaps because seeking out southbound migrants meant admitting that the seasons are changing. On one hand, I welcome the end of the doldrums and eagerly anticipate the excitement … Continue reading

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Seabirds and Storm Waifs

I could tell from the gradually lightening sky that the sun had risen, but the gloomy, gray conditions shrouding the docks kept it hidden from sight. With my poncho pulled tight over my head and my gear, I shuffled onto … Continue reading

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Back in Black

The tendency of birds to wander and turn up in unusual places is a well-known phenomenon. Even so, there are some truly puzzling cases which strain the limits of credulity. Enter the Black-backed Oriole, a species endemic to central Mexico. … Continue reading

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Eventide

At sunrise, I was working my way north through the Bronx. The brightening of the sky was paused by a thick fog bank that rolled in as I continued onward into Connecticut. The mist-shrouded scenery stretching out before me was … Continue reading

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Solitaire Extraordinaire

I hate to let a long weekend go to waste. Between the Saturday pelagic and a long-awaited performance of Hamilton on Sunday, I was doing a pretty solid job making the most of my time as I headed into Martin … Continue reading

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