We just published a new episode of OutBirding: Doug's Peep Show.
Doug Gochfeld reinforces his "Intro to Shorebirding" episode with this ID piece focused on the common-but-tricky small Calidris sandpipers. Doug walks us through the best ways to separate Least, Semipalmated, and Western sandpipers to help boost your confidence the next time you're among peeps in the field.
A new episode of OutBirding is now available to subscribers: Alaska ID: Brachyramphus Murrelets with Tom Johnson.
The three species of Brachyramphus murrelets can be quite challenging to tell apart in the North Pacific waters they call home. In this Alaska-based episode of OutBirding, we take a close look at Marbled, Kittlitz's, and Long-billed murrelets with an eye toward identifying them on the water and in flight.
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.
This trailer gives you a short overview of the full 26-minute episode.
In our first identification-focused video, Chris Benesh and Dave Stejskal take a deep dive into the world of the "yellow-bellied" kingbirds of the southern and western US. Several species of flycatchers in the genus Tyrannus can be confused in the field, so Chris and Dave break down the best ways to identify these handsome songbirds by sight and sound. In addition to discussing helpful videos, photos, and audio recordings from the field, they strive to simplify this oft-challenging group to give you straightforward tools you need to identify kingbirds.