New episode - Cape May Big Day

 

We just published the 59th episode of OutBirding with Field Guides: Cape May Big Day from Jesse Fagan.

In March, three members of the OutBirding team joined forces in Cape May for a March Big Day. In this episode of OutBirding, Jesse Fagan takes us along for his adventure with Doug Gochfeld and Tom Johnson as they try to find as many species as possible in one 24-hour period. To give you an idea of the seriousness of this endeavor, this particular Big Day started after 5:00 AM and ended at a brewery well before sunset - these guys had a lot of fun along the way (and found some great birds, too). Come along for the ride!

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New episode - Cape May Spring Migration

 

Watch the short episode trailer for a first look at the newest release from OutBirding with Field Guides.

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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New episode - Upper Texas Coast Migration with John Coons

 

Please enjoy this short trailer for our new episode of OutBirding with Field Guides.

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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New episode: Colorado Grouse 2021 - Tour Recap

 

Our 52nd episode of OutBirding with Field Guides is now available to subscribers - this trailer offers a first look at the new episode.

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.

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New episode - Species Profile: Northern Gannet

 

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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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New episode - Waterthrush ID

 

This short trailer provides a first look at the 48th episode from OutBirding with Field Guides.

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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New episode - All Things Caracaras with Jonathan Meiburg

 

Our short trailer offers a first look at the new episode from OutBirding with Field Guides. Please subscribe for the full episode and our complete video library.

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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New episode - Micah Riegner paints a LeConte's Thrasher

 

This short trailer will give you a first look at our new episode from OutBirding with Field Guides. Subscribe today for the full episode and access to our entire video library.

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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New episode - Cape May ID Pairs: Early Spring

 

This trailer gives viewers a first look at our new release from OutBirding with Field Guides.

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.

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New episode - Snow Bird Strategies: Surviving Winter's Worst

 

This trailer gives viewers a first look at our new OutBirding with Field Guides episode.

During the depths of winter, birds across North America employ a variety of strategies that help them deal with cold, snow, and ice. In this episode of OutBirding, Doug Gochfeld takes us on a snowy tour of the northeastern USA to share some of the secrets of birds living through winter "on the edge". Stay tuned for a few vagrant cameos in the form of Redwing, Sage Thrasher, and "Common" (Mew) Gull.

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