Oliver’s Birding Blog | Florida 2019

Feb 14 After months of waiting, the day finally came when we drove to Southern Florida, a 20-hour drive from Chicago. Just about 4 hours into the trip, I spotted a field covered in white specks. They were Snow Geese; thousands of them! I immediately started looking with my binoculars outside the passenger window forContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Florida 2019”

An Introduction to iNaturalist

Hey all, sorry for not posting in a while (you can expect a lot more posts in the future). What is iNaturalist? iNaturalist is a platform somewhat similar to eBird, a citizen-science project dedicated to documenting life on Earth. Although, there are a couple of significant differences between iNat and eBird. First,  is that eBirdContinue reading “An Introduction to iNaturalist”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Camp Colorado

Yes, I did publish this a bit later then I intended to but better later than never! Day 1 – we met at 3 PM at the YMCA of the Rockies to begin camp. While we were waiting for everyone to show up, we found Black-billed Magpies and many Violet-green Swallows & Broad-tailed Hummingbirds flyingContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Camp Colorado”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Carpentersville Dam and Brunner Family FP

Today, I was leading a walk for a different birding group, the Tuesday Birders. Unfortunately, I twisted my shoulder this morning and did not want to lug my camera around so that is why I did not take any photos. We started at Carpentersville Dam, looking for various passerines, although we failed to find any kinglets,Continue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Carpentersville Dam and Brunner Family FP”

Are You Ready for Winter Gulls? You Will be After This!

Gulls are considered by some as the most challenging group of birds in the ABA area to identify. As challenging as it is, why not try to learn today how to differentiate these marvelous creatures!  This time, we will go deep into the identification of six gull species (Herring, Ring-billed, Iceland, Glaucous, Lesser Black-backed, andContinue reading “Are You Ready for Winter Gulls? You Will be After This!”

Ready for fall migration? Here are a few tips and tricks on how to identify small migrant passerines

I am incredibly fortunate to be able to sit on our outdoor couch, on a weekday morning in September, and spot many migrants directly above my head (once during a small fallout, I had at least 100 warblers flitting in the trees right above me). From that, I have gained lots of knowledge of the passerineContinue reading “Ready for fall migration? Here are a few tips and tricks on how to identify small migrant passerines”

2nd annual ILYB Symposium

Yesterday, we went to Ryerson Conservation Area to attend the 2nd annual ILYB Symposium. Me and Lucas Rot got there a little early so we did a little birding before the official walk, right off the bat, we had a flyover Pileated Woodpecker and numerous unidentified small passerines! At 7:30 AM the official ILYB field tripContinue reading “2nd annual ILYB Symposium”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Chain O’Lakes State Park – 4/4/2017

We started today off at Lake Front Park with our Tuesday birding group. At Lake Front Park we got wet, but we found lots of American White Pelicans. Next, we drove to Chain O’Lakes SP. We pulled into a small overlook and found Wilson’s Snipe (a bird that I have not seen in two years),Continue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Chain O’Lakes State Park – 4/4/2017”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | South Carolina trip – 3/24/2017 to 3/31/2017

I lost my post that I wrote for the first four days so those days may be somewhat incomplete. DAY 1 CARPENTERSVILLE, IL TO LEXINGTON, KY Within the first few minutes of our vacation, we saw two male Ring-necked Pheasants (one was on the Kane county side on the sign and not an eBird rareContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | South Carolina trip – 3/24/2017 to 3/31/2017”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Crabtree Nature Center and Baker’s Lake – 3/19/2017

Today we met up with Isoo O’Brian and his father at Crabtree Nature Center to look for the continuing Harris’s Sparrow. We met at 8 AM but the nature center did not open until 9 AM so we walked to Crabtree Lake where we found Bufflehead, Hooded & Common Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, and some Ring-necked DucksContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Crabtree Nature Center and Baker’s Lake – 3/19/2017”