We just published a new episode of OutBirding: Audio Recording Storytelling. Here's a short trailer that might give you an idea of the episode (actually, maybe not this time!).
For this episode of OutBirding, we draw on our collective Field Guides history of field audio recording to bring you some stories and unusual bird sounds from around the world. Doug Gochfeld, Jesse Fagan, Micah Riegner, Dan Lane, Tom Johnson, and Bret Whitney each picked out an interesting recording from their respective audio libraries to share here, along with a bit of back story. Tune in for this collaborative storytelling episode!
Enjoy a first look at our new episode of OutBirding by watching the episode trailer.
Tom Johnson takes us seawatching on the East Coast of the US in this identification episode of OutBirding. From a barrier island vantage on the Cape May peninsula, Tom shares flight video and seawatch-ready tips for identifying loons (Red-throated, Common, and Pacific) and scoters (Black, Surf, and White-winged) for your next trip to the shore.
Here's the teaser trailer for an upcoming episode of OutBirding: Winter Invasion 2020 with Tom Johnson and Douglas Gochfeld.
The final months of 2020 blanketed eastern North America with a huge irruptive flight of Red-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, finches (including Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeaks), Bohemian Waxwings, and more. We followed the major players during this "superflight" and will bring you some great video, sound, and adventure from New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
Our new episodes of OutBirding are now available to subscribers - Myiarchus Flycatchers of the US - Parts I & II
Chris Benesh presents a two-part series introducing us to the species of crested flycatchers in the genus Myiarchus. These flycatchers can be very challenging to differentiate in the field, but Chris lays out the ID issues surrounding the US Myiarchus species in a straightforward way that should help you see and hear these birds more clearly. Part One includes an overview of identification issues and an investigation of certain calls that can be confused with Nutting's Flycatcher. Part Two details species-level ID for each of the six Myiarchus found in the US (4 regular species and 2 rare ones, Nutting's Flycatcher and La Sagra's Flycatcher).
Our 67th episode of OutBirding is now online: Intro to Shorebirding with Douglas Gochfeld.
Whether you're intimidated by peeps, puzzled by yellowlegs, or already entrenched as a phalarope fanatic, this introduction to shorebirding will be of interest to you. Noted shorebird evangelist Douglas Gochfeld shares his perspectives on approaching shorebirding, and presents a few test cases to help you work on field identification skills.
We have published two new episodes of OutBirding: Thrashers of Arizona - Part I & II (with Micah Riegner and Dave Stejskal).
The fascinating thrashers of the family Mimidae reach their peak diversity in the US state of Arizona and adjacent Mexico. In part one of a two part series, Micah Riegner and Dave Stejskal investigate Arizona's desert thrashers, with deep dives into vocalizations, habitat, movements, and more. Part I covers LeConte's, Bendire's, and Curve-billed thrashers. Part II covers Crissal and Sage thrashers.
The 63rd episode of OutBirding is now online.
Monsoon rain in Northern Arizona this summer led to the discovery of an ephemeral birding hotspot - John Lake Playa. In this episode, John Coons and friends share some of the excitement about finding an excellent new local birding patch. They also investigate the food chain supported by John Lake—with some interesting discoveries!
Watch the episode trailer for a first look at our new episode, Mississippi Kites nesting in Austin.
Y’all, the city of Austin, Texas has been among the fastest-growing in the US for years, and now an avian newcomer to this well-wooded urban environment seems to have joined the ranks: the Mississippi Kite. Over just the past few years, summertime sightings of the kites have become increasing frequent, and the first nest was found in 2018. In July of 2021, OutBirding’s Bret Whitney was home–instead of deep in the Brazilian Amazon–and he was able to document the action at Austin’s second confirmed Mississippi Kite nest. The two energetic youngsters were in quite different stages of development, and we’ll also see some behaviors that have apparently not been chronicled before. Check it out!
New episode from September 2, 2021:
Late summer is peak time for pelagic seabirding trips off the northeast coast of the US and Canada. Seabirds can be really challenging to identify at sea–especially small seabirds like the storm-petrels. In this episode, Tom Johnson reviews slow-motion video and shares ID tips that will help you recognize and appreciate the four regularly occurring storm-petrels of eastern North America: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced.
Here's the trailer for our 60th episode of OutBirding with Field Guides.
Mid-summer is a great season for spending time with family (and birding, of course). On this episode of OutBirding, Tom Johnson goes on a July road trip–with Melissa Roach and their dog Raven–to visit Tom's family in Maine. A boat trip to an offshore nesting island leads to some memorable sightings of seabirds and marine mammals, and Tom takes the opportunity to share his favorite ways to identify adult Common, Arctic, and Roseate terns on the wing.