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Long Island Life

It’s been a bit of a slow year so far. By this time in 2017, I’d already been on trips that took me to New York’s offshore waters, Connecticut, the Adirondacks, and Canada in search of rare birds. Even in 2016, … Continue reading

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New Year, New List

Pop that champagne, a new year is upon us! With it comes a whole new set of seasonal adventures and opportunities for discovery. The listing slate has been wiped clean, and I’ve got my share of tentative birding resolutions for … Continue reading

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Give Thanks for Birding

This is a time of year when we are encouraged to focus on the positives in our lives and show appreciation for the good stuff. It’s definitely not easy, but I do think it’s worth it! Sometimes you just need … 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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Feels Like Fall

For the first time in several months, I’m writing this blog post from the train on my morning commute. A new school year has begun, but this is the first academic cycle where I’ll be a full time teacher without … 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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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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1-2-3 Break!

Wednesday was overcast and gray, but mostly dry and pleasantly warm. I set out early in the morning to check in on a few unusual birds that had been sighted nearby. My first stop was Oak Beach, one of the … Continue reading

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