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Skywatch Friday – December 11, 2015

This week’s Skywatch Friday is a throwback from the ABA Sunset Birding Cruise on August 13, 2015. All participants enjoyed excellent views of many birds (eBird Checklist) and also an amazing sunset.

Skywatch Friday - Dec 11, 2015 - Tim Schreckengost - 19933817273_f67c70f327_k

Tips for Viewing Snowy Owls from BSBO and Kaufman Field Guides

Follow these tips from Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Kaufman Field Guides when going to see or photograph Snowy Owls.12188212_10153082811455378_1222245697750099686_o

Wordless Wednesday

Ring-billed Gull - Tim Schreckengost - 22893776490_82889a2036_k

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Video: GoDigiscoping – Episode 5

Episode 5 from GoDigiscoping is an interview with a top-notch digiscoper, Kevin Bolton, who gives tips on digiscoping warblers during spring migration in the northeast.

Digiscoping – The Classic Method

I recently decided to try the classic method of digiscoping, holding a point-and-shoot camera up to a spotting scope to take a photo. I used a Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS and Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85. I obtained the best results with the scope set at 20x, while focused on the bird, and with the camera zoomed slightly. Zooming with the camera removes the painful vignetting, or black ring, and leaving the scope at 20x retains the quality of the image you are trying to capture. The camera is only 10 MP, so I doubt I will get any ridiculously crisp results. Anyway, here are my two favorite photos thus far. I’m looking forward to “mastering” this method.

Check out this blog post I wrote for Celestron for more on digiscoping.

Bald Eagle at Conowingo Dam, Harford County, Maryland on December 4, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Bald Eagle at Conowingo Dam, Harford County, Maryland on December 4, 2015. Digiscoped handheld with a Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS and Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Mallards at Perryville Community Park in Perryville, Maryland on December 4, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Mallards at Perryville Community Park in Perryville, Maryland on December 4, 2015. Digiscoped handheld with a Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS and Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Connecticut Warbler at McCabe Nature Preserve

Early this afternoon I found a Connecticut Warbler at McCabe Nature Preserve (eBird checklist). I think this is the first record for the preserve, which is located just outside of Milton, Delaware. I had high hopes of landing a Nashville Warbler or Blue-headed Vireo for my Delaware year list, but had no expectation of finding a Connecticut Warbler (CONW). The bird wasn’t acting like a textbook CONW (you know, skulky and hard to see), but was straight up chillin’ on bare branches in a young hardwood stand. Who goes out to find a Nashville Warbler and finds a Connecticut Warbler? Anyway, I don’t have much time to write so here are the photos.

The next three photos are a bit overexposed, but still get the job done.

Neotropic Cormorants at the Blythe Fish Ponds

This morning, the Tobins (Michelle and Jennifer), Bobby Wilcox, and I had two Neotropic Cormorants at the Blythe Fish Ponds in Blythe, CA. Who would’ve guessed the Blythe Fish Ponds would be in Blythe, CA? Anyway. Neotropic Cormorant is a review species in California. There was one individual present 1 March 2013 that David Vander Pluym and Lauren Harter of Phainopepla Fables found. Based on David’s photo here, I think these two birds are new. Both birds seen today were not missing or molting primary feathers like the one in David’s photos. Here are the photos of today’s birds. If you’re interested in looking for these birds or birding the fish ponds in general check out this Google Map I created: http://goo.gl/maps/bq5dy

Neotropic Cormorants - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorants - California

Blythe Fish Ponds, Riverside, US-CA

Apr 18, 2013 7:55 AM – 8:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.4 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
24 species

Cinnamon Teal  1
Redhead  6
Ruddy Duck  3
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Neotropic Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  10
Great Egret  9
Snowy Egret  4
White-faced Ibis  190
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  1
Common Gallinule  1
Black-necked Stilt  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  3
Long-billed Dowitcher  9
Rock Pigeon  2
Burrowing Owl  1
Cliff Swallow  25
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-headed Blackbird  30
Great-tailed Grackle  15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13788527

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)