We just published a new episode of OutBirding: Thrashers of Arizona - Part 1 (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.
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!
Watch the episode trailer for a first look at our new episode, Mississippi Kites nesting in Austin.
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!
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.
Here's the trailer for our 60th episode of OutBirding with Field Guides.
Mid-summer is a great season for spending time with family (and birding, of course). On this episode of OutBirding, Tom Johnson goes on a July road trip–with Melissa Roach and their dog Raven–to visit Tom's family in Maine. A boat trip to an offshore nesting island leads to some memorable sightings of seabirds and marine mammals, and Tom takes the opportunity to share his favorite ways to identify adult Common, Arctic, and Roseate terns on the wing.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.