Our 80th episode is now available online for subscribers.
We return to Colorado for Part II of our series on The Dancing Chickens, putting a spotlight on the lekking open-land grouse of North America. In this episode, Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld spend a morning at a boisterous Sharp-tailed Grouse lek. Watch along to see the very fancy dances of these unusual prairie-chickens and learn about their display sounds and biology.
We just published a new episode: Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds with Tom Johnson. For a first look, check out the teaser trailer.
The island of Puerto Rico hosts a remarkable diversity of endemic birds - 17 species of birds can be found nowhere else on the planet. Join Tom Johnson on The Island of Enchantment for a road trip following the counterclockwise route taken by our Field Guides tours. You'll get to meet all 17 endemic birds (including the Puerto Rican Parrot, Puerto Rican Owl, Elfin-woods Warbler, and Green Mango), find exciting regional Caribbean specialities, and see gorgeous and varied landscapes from around the island. ¡Vamos!
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”!
A new episode, "Woodcock in Winter," is now available to subscribers.
Tom Johnson takes us to Cape May to look for wintering American Woodcocks. We check out these strange, plump sandpipers as they hide during typical, mild winter conditions–and also as they forage and contend with a snowy winter storm. Stay tuned for nocturnal thermal video of woodcocks pulling earthworms out of the ground AND the strange sounds of a woodcock breeding display.
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).
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!