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!
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!
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.
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!