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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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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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Meandering through May

Tuesday, May 16th, was the magical day when the migration floodgates finally opened this year. After a slow first couple of weeks, birders around New York suddenly found themselves besieged by a wave of travelers from the south. Favorable winds … Continue reading

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Be That As It May

Migration has gotten a slow start in New York this year. Prolonged periods of cool weather, overnight precipitation, and unfavorable winds have stalled the return of many Neotropical migrants. Birds continue to trickle through, and there have been some nice … Continue reading

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Superb Owl Sunday

It’s a bad joke, a simple typo, and I shouldn’t find it as amusing as I do. Every year when the Super Bowl rolls around, the Superb Owl silliness adds an extra level of fun to the celebration. I appreciate seeing my … Continue reading

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2016 Achievement Awards

Well, folks…it’s been a hell of a ride! A time-honored tradition in nature blogging is an annual review of the year’s highlights. 2016 had its share of awesome moments, so I’m recognizing the standouts in several categories before doing my … Continue reading

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Birdy Shores

With shorebird migration approaching its peak, birders are scrambling to catalog and count the feathered travelers as they make their way south. Stopover sites where flocks gather to refuel are major hotspots for naturalists at this time of year, and everyone … Continue reading

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Ruffing It

Summer means shorebirds. Sandpipers and their kin are some of the first southbound travelers to show up each year, with the earliest arrivals appearing not long after the last northbound passersby trickle through. The time period from July through September … Continue reading

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Owl Be Back

One of the many perks of exploring the natural world is the occasional opportunity to observe the same individual animal more than once. We certainly see local representatives of common species over and over in our day-to-day lives, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Scenes From Big John’s Pond

I had a clear, simple goal when I set out on Sunday morning: photograph the Barn Owls at Jamaica Bay. I’ve spent a fair few hours holed up in the photography blind across from their nest box at Big John’s … Continue reading

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