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Greenshanks Was My Delight

One birder’s regulars are another birder’s rarities. Every bird comes from somewhere, and a species that may be quite abundant in its home region can spark a frenzy of excitement by showing up in an unexpected place. Rarity is relative, … Continue reading

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ShelduckTales

I love impromptu adventures, and I welcome the opportunity to just head out and go somewhere with only a rough sketch of a plan and enjoy the ride. Miriam and I have had pretty successful summer on the exploration front, … Continue reading

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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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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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Henslow Ride

It’s not easy to get off Long Island in a timely fashion. Fighting traffic through New York City is almost always a hassle no matter which direction you go. On Sunday, May 28, 2017, I had the quickest, most painless … Continue reading

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The Nighthawk Cometh

I like to keep tabs on my many friends scattered about the planet. A number of my scientist buddies from college lead interesting lives full of research and adventure, so I get to live vicariously through their stories even when … 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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