Sunshine filtering through green leaves of both forest canopy and leafy undergrowth can ‘alter’ the true colour of a bird’s plumage; this is especially true of whites, which can turn yellowish, and light greens and browns, which can increase in perceived saturation. Continue reading Colour misconception: sunshine filtered through green leaves
Several summers ago, I made a brief attempt to approach the study of juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp sparrows and noticed that the lore blocked all apparent avenues to field ID success. I sputtered in interest the following summer, and again wound up turned off/disinterested. Continue reading Separating juvenile Lincoln’s from Swamp in the Field
From late summer, through to the following spring, Purple Finch can sing a confusing rendition of their song. The flow to their sweet, melodious song is chopped, and what can be heard are brief spurts of notes followed by pauses. Continue reading Purple Finch “vireo song”
This web article covers some of the less-discussed and more subtle field marks to keep an eye out for when you encounter a Bay-breasted/Blackpoll in the field this fall.
While attending the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal this past June (2017), I had yet another opportunity to lose myself in pondering a subject I enjoy considering: the journey toward peak performance, and coping with the minor (and sometimes major) mistakes made along the way. Continue reading Mistakes in Birding
Below I share sound clips of the flight calls of eastern shorebirds. All sound clips are available via xenocanto. A written description, taken from those described in the Sibley Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, of the call will also be included. Continue reading Eastern Shorebird Flight Calls
By late summer, one may begin to overhear garbled, tempo-less cacophonies of notes while out birding. From approximately August through until the following spring, “baby” songbirds “babble” as they take to learning and developing their songs. Continue reading Baby Birdies Babbling
The results of the AOS meeting are in: Thayer’s Gull is now considered a subspecies of Iceland Gull, rather than its own species. There are other changes too, such as a new species of Red Crossbill. For eBird users, these changes will be reflected in August, when eBird taxonomy is fully updated. Continue reading Thayer’s Gull is now recognized by the AOS as a subspecies of Iceland Gull