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 - Black Vulture Bungalow

 

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 Bungalowthis 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.

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New episode - The Dancing Chickens: Greater Sage-Grouse

 

Our episode trailer offers a first look at the newest episode from OutBirding.

Each year, our Colorado Grouse Field Guides tours visit the display grounds of some of North America's fanciest birds. Now, with a multi-part series from OutBirding, we'll bring the early spring "lek" action to your homes—and you don't even have to wake up at 4 AM to join the party! In this first installment of The Dancing Chickens, we visit a Greater Sage-Grouse lek on a snowy April morning to watch these huge, dramatic grouse strut their stuff against a beautiful Colorado landscape.

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New episode - Sagebrush Sparrows from Arizona

 

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.

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New episode - Spotted Rail Celebration

 

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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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 - Costa's in the Kofas

 

Our 50th episode of OutBirding with Field Guides has arrived - watch the episode trailer for a first look.

Costa's in the Kofas

Costa's Hummingbirds time their breeding season to coincide with the early spring bloom of the desert Southwest. For this episode, Micah Riegner takes us to the remote Kofa Mountains of western Arizona to show us some tantalizing slow-motion video of these purple-gorgeted wonders—including the dazzling breeding display. Along the way, we'll get to see some of the other wildlife residing in this stark yet beautiful landscape. 

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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 - All Things Caracaras with Jonathan Meiburg

 

Our short trailer offers a first look at the new episode from OutBirding with Field Guides. Please subscribe for the full episode and our complete video library.

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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New episode - Micah Riegner paints a LeConte's Thrasher

 

This short trailer will give you a first look at our new episode from OutBirding with Field Guides. Subscribe today for the full episode and access to our entire video library.

It’s spring in the desert, and Micah Riegner is spending time surveying for thrashers in some wild places in Arizona. In this week’s episode, Micah combines his scientific pursuit of thrashers with his artistic passion, and he takes us along for the ride. Join in as Micah uses his field experience to inform his sketching process and the brushstrokes that eventually shape his beautiful watercolor painting.

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