Join contributor Ed Hutchings as he explores the wilds of New York State and uncovers some of our favorite nooks

The endemic Jamaican Tody, at the Goblin Hill Villas, Portland, Jamaica. Photo by Steve Shunk

You awake to the drumming of Jamaican Woodpeckers, performing in the snag outside your window. Gray Kingbirds and White-chinned Thrushes call from the woodland edges just a few meters away. You saunter to your deck and pause for several minutes with your arms on the railing, bathing in the tropical breeze, as you stare across… Read more »


Male American Redstart

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Photographing Warblers

Male blackburnian warbler in willow

Photographing warblers is one of the greatest challenges in bird photography. But capturing a sharp, well-lit image of an avian jewel makes it all worthwhile.

You only have so much time and money. How do you go on a good birding trip and keep your loved ones happy at the same time? Here's how.

Blackburnian Warbler (© Mike Watson)

Birder Mike Watson shares his impressions and awesome photos of wood warblers from the Midwest Birding Symposium.

Moose Bog: Boreal Specialities in Lowland Vermont


At Moose Bog an observant non-bushwhacker can locate the boreal grand slam: Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, and Boreal Chickadee.

The Biggest Week: A Warblerific Epiphany

Black-throated Green Warbler. © Laura Kammermeier

Finally, a week after returning from The Biggest Week in American Birding, I am able to sit down and recount the event without developing a lump in my throat. The event was a deeply emotional and satisfying experience for me on so many levels; let me try to explain why.

Estuary Trail, Ottawa NWR

The newly opened (2012) estuary trail that leads between Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh was a big hit with birders attending The Biggest Week in American Birding this May. "It offers much more elbow room and nearly all the same birds," says Courtenay Willis, who traveled all the way from Belgium to participate… Read more »

6 Reasons to Attend The Biggest Week in American Birding 2013

Prothonotary Warbler,

The Biggest Week in American Birding is a celebration of the epic spring migration in western Ohio lakefront and commences May  3 - 12th. Yours truly will be there, blogging the event in official capacity along with several other talented bird bloggers. The event is headquartered out of Maumee Bay State Park, a stone's throw from… Read more »