Fall has arrived across North America, and our birdlife has shifted with the weather. Several interesting blog posts from fellow young birders this month are certainly worth checking out:
Prairie Birder shares her month-long experience bird banding at Ontario’s Long Point Bird Observatory.
I’ve been home now for about two weeks after spending a wonderful bird-filled month at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario. I had such a great time at Long Point (it’s hard not to!) with the other volunteers, banders in charge, and all of the birding and banding. And I learned so much about banding, molt, neat tricks for aging and sexing certain species, and also how much hard work goes toward keeping all three banding stations going.
Britain’s Next Generation Birders Blog is the brand-new site for young birders across the pond. There, Anthony Bentley writes about finding seven lifers in only 30 hours.
After a long night shift, 6:00am came along and it was time to head off for my slog of the North east coastline. A two day trip; I had planned to get a few lifers. Leaving work, I had the chance of 5 lifers on the first day, and with a wind and rain the feature of the night before I was confident in connecting with some of these birds.
Alexandria Simpson, at the Indiana Young Birders blog, shares her experience with a particularly fascinating corvid in South Texas.
When thinking of jays, the color that most often comes to mind is blue. Most people are familiar with the Blue Jay or another blue-colored jay. Therefore, you can imagine my surprise when I saw my first Green Jay on a birding trip to Laguna Atascosa NWR in South Texas. They are certainly green, a beautiful lime green reminiscent of parrots.
Many birders have taken up photography to record their sightings. Patrick Carney, writing for the Nature’s Best Photography Students blog, reviews the new Handbook of Bird Photography.
No matter what camera gear you’re using and how experienced you are, luck plays a big part in nature photography. There’s no subject for which this is truer than birds. As a bird photographer myself, I was intrigued when I picked up The Handbook of Bird Photography by Markus Varesvuo, Jari Peltomäki, and Bence Máté.