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.
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.
We published this new episode of OutBirding with Field Guides on 5 July 2021. Check out this trailer for a short preview of the show.
In 2013, the bird long known as "Sage Sparrow" was split into two species, Bell's Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow. In this episode, Micah Riegner visits breeding Sagebrush Sparrows near Fredonia, Arizona and discusses the identification and natural history of these intriguing songbirds.
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.
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.
Check out the trailer for a first look at our new episode.
Even though they’re relatively large and widespread, raptors can be challenging to identify on the wing. Tom Johnson shares his favorite ways for simplifying raptor identification in the migration hotspot of Cape May, New Jersey. Using the benefits of 1/8 speed slow-motion video, this episode focuses on the flight identification of 16 species of raptors that occur regularly in Cape May. While this Mid-Atlantic species set may vary a bit from your own backyard hawkwatching spots, there’s sure to be overlap as well as some tips and principles that can help you out wherever you are.
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.