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 - 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 - 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 - The Birding Life with John Rowlett & Purple Sandpiper Bonus

 

This short trailer offers a first look at the latest episode and bonus video from OutBirding with Field Guides. Please subscribe to OutBirding to watch the full episodes.

The Birding Life: John Rowlett Receives ABA's Roger Tory Peterson Award

At the 40th annual ABA Convention, April 2009 in Corpus Christi, Texas, John Rowlett received the coveted Roger Tory Peterson Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding.  John’s remarks on “The Birding Life” were poignant that day, and his message continues to resonate with birders today.  John and Rose Ann Rowlett, undoubtedly the most enduring and beloved brother-sister birding team of all time, share with us their experience of coming upon an injured Buff-breasted Sandpiper on their very first trip to the Central Texas Coast, when they were respectively but 14 and 12 years old.  Peppershrike and Grebe recount how Dr. Peterson was delighted to be able to use the...

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New episode - Cape May Raptor ID

 

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.

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