Check out the trailer for our 75th episode of OutBirding. For this episode, we’re back to the birthplace of Steve and Iris (the stars of episode 58, "Black Vulture Bungalow"): Austin, Texas, a city of not two, but three tails: The Cat, the Squirrel, and the Fox. Bret Whitney and neighbor Candace Ely give us the play-by-play of a squirrelly transfer of goods destined to sustain a family of foxes living under a friend’s backyard porch. Talk about “Keeping Austin Weird”!
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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!
Our 58th episode of OutBirding has hit the internet - check out this trailer for a first look at the show.
Have you ever seen a vulture nest? Despite these birds being quite common and widespread, chances are your answer is “No,” because vulture nest sites tend to be secluded and mostly inaccessible to people. So, when OutBirding team member Bret Whitney heard about a Black Vulture nest in the attic of an abandoned house in Austin, Texas, he planned to make the most of the rare opportunity. The result is Black Vulture Bungalow, this week’s episode of OutBirding with Field Guides. Join Bret as he introduces us to an entertaining and remarkably accommodating family of Black Vultures, and also some of his fine neighbors, as the young birds, Steve and Iris, fledge from their nest cavity into the big, wide world.
In December, 2020 the birding world flocked to Texas to see a Spotted Rail in Choke Canyon State Park south of San Antonio. It was only the fourth US record, and this apparently happy, healthy bird presented the first chance for birders to see a Spotted Rail alive in North America. In this episode of OutBirding with Field Guides, Bret Whitney gives us the skinny on this rarely seen rallid, and takes us to Choke Canyon for up-close encounters with this handsome bird and some of the key birders who discovered and protected it.
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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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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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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...