St. Paul Island, Alaska: Shorebird Capital of the World?

Rock Sandpiper ©Stephan Lorenz

In terms of sheer diversity, the shorebirds take the crown on St. Paul with an incredible 64 species recorded on the island within the past three decades. Only four shorebirds nest, whereas the remaining 60 species are either regular spring or fall migrants, rare visitors, or exceptional rarities with only one or two occurrences.


Male American Redstart

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So You Think You Know Shorebirds?

Pectoral Sandpiper Barrel Chested Flight Display by Brian L. Zwiebel

On the breeding grounds of the tundra, normally quiet shorebirds pull out all the stops as they attempt to attract mates during the brief arctic summer.

Birding Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware

Red Knot at Bombay Hook NWR /USFWS

Bombay Hook is a key rest stop on the Delaware Bay for thousands of migrating shorebirds every spring and fall, as they fly north to their breeding grounds and return south again. At low tide, they feed by the thousands on the salt marsh mudflats and in freshwater impoundments. Common species include Semipalmated Sandpipers, Dunlin… Read more »

I have no doubt that the Spurn Migration Festival will become a firm favourite in the birding calendar... the festival has the makings of an annual social gathering as well as an excellent opportunity to see some rare, scarce and common migrating birds.

Pacific Loon © Brian Zwiebel

Barrow, Alaska is a remote but premier bird photography destination. Here's what you need to know to make your trip worth it.

Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio

Sandhill Crane at Ottawa NWR /USFWS

In late April through late May, Ottawa Refuge may host as many as 38 different species of warbler, with rare but exciting visits by the endangered Kirtland's Warbler – making this area known as the ‘warbler capital of the world.’