New episode - Snow Leopards of the Himalaya

 

This episode trailer offers a teaser of our new episode: Snow Leopards of the Himalaya. 

On a new episode of OutBirding, Doug Gochfeld and friends head high into the Himalaya of northern India for a special natural history adventure. This time, Doug and the team are hot on the trail of one of the world's most beguiling big cats - the Snow Leopard. In recent years, local efforts in Ladakh, India have made it possible for visitors to have a chance to see Snow Leopards in their remote mountain homes. Success is by no means guaranteed, but with persistence and teamwork, Doug offers us a special glimpse into the lives of these remarkable cats and the people who seek them out.

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New episode - The White-naped Swifts of Cuernavaca, Mexico

Our 79th episode of OutBirding is now available to subscribers: The White-naped Swifts of Cuernavaca, Mexico with Micah Riegner.

White-naped Swifts, the largest of the New World swifts, inhabit the rugged mountains of West Mexico. Like many other swift species, their lives are closely tied to waterfalls where they roost and nest. In this episode, Micah Riegner takes us to a roost site in the middle of downtown Cuernavaca and awaits the evening arrival of these magnificent birds. 

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New episode - Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds

 

We just published a new episode: Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds with Tom Johnson. For a first look, check out the teaser trailer.

The island of Puerto Rico hosts a remarkable diversity of endemic birds - 17 species of birds can be found nowhere else on the planet. Join Tom Johnson on The Island of Enchantment for a road trip following the counterclockwise route taken by our Field Guides tours. You'll get to meet all 17 endemic birds (including the Puerto Rican Parrot, Puerto Rican Owl, Elfin-woods Warbler, and Green Mango), find exciting regional Caribbean specialities, and see gorgeous and varied landscapes from around the island. ¡Vamos!

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New episode - Uganda: Shoebills to Gorillas and beyond

New episode launching March 11th:

In this episode of OutBirding, we journey to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Doug Gochfeld takes us along for an exploration of some of the many wildlife highlights the country has to offer. We travel from the shores of Lake Victoria in pursuit of the legendary Shoebill, to the wildlife bonanza of Lake Mburo (including the reclusive African Finfoot), and eventually to dense mountain forests in search of Mountain Gorillas. These would be amazing enough on their own, but they're backed up by a supporting cast of hippos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, and lots of birds along the way.

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New episode - Cape May ID: Seawatching

 

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.

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Coming soon: Winter Invasion 2020

 

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.

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New episode - Myiarchus Flycatchers of the US - Parts I & II

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).

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New episode - Intro to Shorebirding

 

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.

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New episodes - Thrashers of Arizona - Part I & II

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.

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New episode - Northern Arizona Shorebirding at John Lake Playa

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!

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