Two weeks ago, Alex and I, along with a few birding friends, tore it up in southern Delaware. We didn’t plan on doing a “Big Day,” but instead were planning on a full day of casual birding. After a late night of birding and hanging out at Dogfish Head, we started the morning searching for Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers at Prime Hook NWR. Turkle Pond Rd. (eBird Checklist) is the hotspot for these particular species during the breeding season. Unfortunately, the birds were not singing this particular Sunday morning.
It has been a slow trickle for migrating birds so far in Western New York, but things are starting to turn a corner and I can feel a big push on the horizon. Most of March and the beginning of April were painfully stagnant, but the past two weeks have provided some very promising signs of a good spring ahead. Two weeks ago, I had a steady diet of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Caspian Terns, and Common Terns along the waterfront in the city. While these arrivals were right on time and completely expected, watching your first Common Tern in about 6 months gracefully fish for lunch is a always a welcome sign of the impending summer.
This past week, the passerines have been showing up in small but noticeable numbers. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are almost everywhere, and I have run into FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatchers the past couple of days as well. Pine Warblers have also been spotted at various hotspots in Erie county, and Palm and Black-throated Green Warblers just arrived in the last few days. I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’m ready for the real deal when it comes to Spring Migration 2013 (especially with Nate starting to cash in down in PA, and that pesky Drew Weber from Nemesisbird getting awesome rarities in central NY). Until then, I always have Tree Swallows to keep me company.
Up now at Nemesis Bird!
Our friends over at Nemesis Bird are looking for some creative bird nerd, or a normal person, to create/design a new logo for their site. The Nemesis Birders want to put the logo on hats, shirts, bumper stickers, and anything else they can think of. Plus, you can win one of many cool prizes! Anyway, Drew asked for the following points to be considered when fabricating the logo:
What they are looking for:
- Features one (or more) ‘nemesis bird’ that many people can relate to, at least across North America.
- Appropriate for year round use (this is subject to interpretation)
- Scalable – should look good in a small icon as well as a large enough for a t-shirt (minimum of 2000 pixels wide)
- We like the color blue. Look at our current header or the cover photo for our Facebook page for inspiration. All designs should look good on a variety of backgrounds, but especially blue.
- Feel free to look through our site and use our photos for inspiration. You can use any of the photos attributed to Drew Weber or Alex Lamoreaux in your design.
- Anyone is free to contribute a design (email the files to drewweber AT gmail.com).
- Submit entries by Jan 1, as a large PNG, TIFF or high quality JPG (and the original Photoshop file if it has one). If it’s too large to email, you can Dropbox it to the above address.
- Limit of 3 entries per person.
- At the end of the contest, we will post all the designs for a short comment period to see what people like and to check out all the creativity.
- Nemesis Bird Team will then choose their favorite design as the winner.
The prize package:
Winner selects any/all of the below prizes.
- Choose (1) from a selection of bird books. Options include Princeton Guide to Birds of Central Asia, Parrots of the World, Good Birders Don’t Wear White, 100 Birds and How They Got Their Name, The Young Birder’s Guide.
- A single print from one of Alex Lamoreaux’s photos
- A peregrine falcon silhouette static sticker. Keep birds from hitting your windows or pimp out your car window.
- Discount on any merchandise on the Nemesis Bird swag shop for one (1) year.http://www.cafepress.com/nemesisbird
- Credit and link at the bottom of the blog if we use the logo on the site.
Most importantly, THE FINE PRINT:
The choice of winner is solely up to the Nemesis Bird Team. All entries become the exclusive property of Nemesis Bird. Submissions may be printed, reproduced, distributed or modified at our sole discretion on NemesisBird.com, or any other media or publication or web site. No compensation (other than prizes listed above) will be paid for any such use of the submissions.
Check out the original post over at Nemesis Bird: Nemesis Bird logo competition
All information in this post is copyright Nemesis Bird.
Evening Grosbeaks have been showing up throughout the northeast for over a month now and are slowly, but surely making their way south. The furthest south reports are coming from Pennsylvania that Alex Lamoreaux and Anna Fasoli from Nemesis Bird did a fine job of photographing. I did a search on Birding News for Evening Grosbeak and it resulted in 442 results for the entire ABA Area. Scanning over the posts, most sightings are coming from feeders in the southern boundary of the irruption.
Evening Grosbeak sightings for this fall from eBird:
Here is the prediction for Evening Grosbeaks in Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast:
This spectacular grosbeak is ABA’s Bird of the Year in 2012. We can expect some at feeders in central Ontario and probably elsewhere in the Northeast because coniferous and hardwood tree seed supplies are low. Highest breeding densities are found in areas with spruce budworm outbreaks. The larvae are eaten by adults and fed to young. Current populations are much lower than several decades ago when budworm outbreaks were much larger and more widespread.
Keep an eye on your feeders over the next few weeks for the ABA’s Bird of the Year, I know Rob Mortensen at Birding Is Fun is! Make sure to check out the ABA Bird of Year Multimedia Art Contest and submit your entries by October 31st.