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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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Sparrow Spotting

As the numbers of passing warblers and shorebirds begin to dwindle, before the wintering geese and finches arrive in force, sparrow season peaks in southern New York. October is prime time for seeking out these sneaky, streaky, subtle birds in … 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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Flocks of Auks

It’s been some time since I’ve been out on the sea, and even longer since I’ve been on a boat out of New York. I joined the Long Island birding community relatively late, and that had some drawbacks. Various rare … Continue reading

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Here I Go Again

New year, new list! A whole new cycle of natural events, a whole new suite of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. 2016 was a busy year and a great success for wildlife watching, as I achieved the goals I set … Continue reading

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Count On It

December is a busy time of year for most people. I’ve been scrambling to take care of work obligations, grad school due dates, and holiday shopping while trying to maintain a balance of rest and responsibility. Fortunately, the stressful schedule … Continue reading

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November Nonsense

A three-day weekend means three days of opportunities to make use of free time. Friday, Veteran’s Day, was a much-needed chance to sleep in after a very late night with Miriam and friends in the city celebrating her birthday. I … Continue reading

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