Tag Archives: ecology

South Shore Surprises

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here on Long Island. The post-migration season this year has seen a number of unexpected discoveries as non-breeders and off-course travelers wander up and down the East Coast. Most of the noteworthy action … Continue reading

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Tern It Up

As the school year draws to a close and the official beginning of summer approaches, my thoughts turn to terns. These elegant little seabirds nest in large numbers along the south shore of Long Island, and early June is the … Continue reading

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The Joys of June

We’re approaching the halfway point of 2017, which means that spring migration is behind us and the end of the school year is drawing near. In a few short weeks, I’ll be finished with teaching for the season. If all … Continue reading

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Eye-to-Ibis

Bird every bird. Bird every bird. Bird every goddamned bird! This short phrase is a strange one at first glance. A single word takes up two-thirds of the sentence, acting as both the verb and the direct object. “Bird every bird” is … Continue reading

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The Bahamas-to-Biscayne Breeze

For the entirety of my vacation in Florida, the forecast was remarkably consistent. I awoke every morning to strong easterly winds blowing in from across the sea. This weather pattern certainly had an effect on the trip, impacting the movements … Continue reading

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Glades for Days

The day following my trip to the Dry Tortugas saw much more subdued birding efforts as I slowly made my way northeast out of the Keys. I spent some time at the Indigenous Park in Key West searching for rare … 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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