Secrets of Summer Birding
August 19, 2021
How would you describe summer birding? Hot? Humid? Buggy? Unbearable? For many birders it has always been the least exciting and most taxing season for getting in the field, but there’s a lot to be excited about for those who make the effort. ABA colleagues Jennie Duberstein and Greg Neise join host Nate Swick to talk about what excites them about the season, from molt to shorebirds to birding camp, and how to be prepared to handle the difficulties. Special granola bars for everyone!
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The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond.
Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.
To me, summer birding is a reprieve from the speed of migration season. Sure, it’s hot and buggy, but it’s very rewarding. I enjoy slowly visiting natural places that are under-birded to discover what species breed there. One can find new places, even in a mostly urban county like mine, and with every new place I go there are always some some surprises.
After the hectic migration season of trying to see all that I can, I enjoy the breeding season in June. Nice to get out and enjoy at a slower pace. The one thing I don’t like is by mid July the birds start to get quiet which is a bit depressing. Here in Pennsylvania is is hot, humid and buggy for sure. I experienced many shorebird hell hikes too.