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In this episode from his own backyard, Tom Johnson shares four vignettes from spring migration at Cape May, New Jersey. First, we experience a spring landbird morning flight at Cape May Point, highlighted by Red-headed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Then, Tom switches into workshop mode to discuss flight ID of nocturnal herons and immature raptors. And to wrap things up, we meet the vagabond Heermann's Gull that has been wandering the Atlantic Coast of the US in recent months.
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The Upper Texas Coast is world famous as a mecca for migration, and John Coons has been guiding Field Guides tours there for more than 30 years. Bret Whitney joined John and a small group of tour participants on the first tour Field Guides has operated in over a year, as they visited the Longleaf Pine forest for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers before heading to The Big Thicket for breeding Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Kentucky, Yellow-throated and Prairie warblers. The tour centered on the High Island-Bolivar Peninsula region, where the group racked up an impressive roster of migrant landbirds as well as marsh- and shorebirds. All agreed that it was great to be back on tour after a long hiatus, and the birding was properly rewarding!
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Field Guides is back to leading birding tours! Our 2021 Colorado Grouse departure was among the first tours to return to the field this spring. In this week’s episode, we’ll take a detailed look at the route and itinerary of this classic early spring adventure as Doug Gochfeld and Tom Johnson lead their tour group from the Great Plains, through grasslands, into the Rocky Mountains, and even across the desert—and we’ll get to see displaying grouse and a diverse array of other wildlife along the way.
In Spring 2021, Chris Benesh surveyed for thrashers in the deserts of Arizona as part of a project led by Arizona Game & Fish. In this episode, Chris takes us out in the field to share some of the hard-won fruits of his labor, and he also shares some tales of the interesting challenges that can go along with field work.
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Costa's in the Kofas
Costa's Hummingbirds time their breeding season to coincide with the early spring bloom of the desert Southwest. For this episode, Micah Riegner takes us to the remote Kofa Mountains of western Arizona to show us some tantalizing slow-motion video of these purple-gorgeted wonders—including the dazzling breeding display. Along the way, we'll get to see some of the other wildlife residing in this stark yet beautiful landscape.
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Species Profile: Northern Gannet
Northern Gannets are amazing—these streamlined seabirds summer on remote, windswept breeding cliffs shrouded in mist, and spend the rest of their lives on the open ocean. During this look inside the lives of Northern Gannets with Doug Gochfeld, you’ll see some exciting footage of these birds and learn about their breeding, migration, and feeding habits and habitats.
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Spring marks the return of many migrant songbirds to their North American breeding grounds. While many of these are brightly colored and unmistakable, the two species of waterthrushes offer a true identification challenge. In our latest ID-focused episode from OutBirding with Field Guides, Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld discuss Louisiana and Northern waterthrushes and share their own approaches to identifying the pair.
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On March 30th, 2021, a wonderful new natural history book from Knopf began hitting bookstores everywhere - Jonathan Meiburg’s A Most REMARKABLE Creature, the Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey. It’s everything caracaras, and so much more, as Jonathan and Bret Whitney take us on a journey through 65 million years and tens of thousands of miles of South American landscapes. We learn a great deal about this odd group of New World raptors, most closely related to falcons, as we accompany Jonathan from the remote outer islands of the Falklands group, where he studied Striated Caracaras, through the Andean altiplano and Amazonia to the ancient Guianan Shield. Many colorful personalities populate his pages, from such early caracara contemplators as...
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It’s spring in the desert, and Micah Riegner is spending time surveying for thrashers in some wild places in Arizona. In this week’s episode, Micah combines his scientific pursuit of thrashers with his artistic passion, and he takes us along for the ride. Join in as Micah uses his field experience to inform his sketching process and the brushstrokes that eventually shape his beautiful watercolor painting.
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This identification episode deals with separating three puzzling pairs of birds from Cape May, New Jersey. Through comparison video of Bonaparte’s and Black-headed gulls, Savannah Sparrow subspecies, and Lesser and Greater scaup, Tom Johnson shares some of his favorite ways to approach field ID. Even if you live across the country or on the other side of the world, you can to apply these comparative techniques to sort out your local early spring birds.