Link to Rufous-necked Wood-Rail Video!

Check out the footage of the MEGA Rufous-necked Wood-Rail from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge over at 10,000 Birds! Cheers to Matt Daw on finding a first for the ABA! Be sure to check out the post on the ABA Blog for details.

Phone Skoping in the Southwest!

I’ve been in the southwest for well over a month now conducting bird surveys on the lower Colorado River. Despite working many hours in March, I’ve had the opportunity to use my iPhone 4s to Phone Skope birds with a Celestron Regal 80 F-ED (I’ll be reviewing this scope in the near future). I’ve been using an iPhone Digiscoping Pro Tip from Drew Weber over at Nemesis Bird, in which he suggested using an app called StillShot, to take high resolution screen grabs from Phone Skope videos.

Here are some of my best results:

Vermilion Flycatcher at Palo Verde Cemetery in Blythe, CA on 21 April 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Lesser Nighthawk at the Salton Sea Visitor’s Center, CA on 19 April 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Long-billed Dowitcher at the Salton Sea (Rock Hill Trail), CA on 19 April 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Say’s Phoebe feeding nestlings in Blythe, CA on 20 April 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Vermilion Flycatcher nest in Blythe, CA on 21 April 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The Moon while watching nocturnal migrants in Blythe, CA on 20 April 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Be sure to check out Phone Skope and Phone Skope Birding on Facebook. Also check out their website for more information on any smartphone/spotting scope combination you can think of!

Iceland Gulls at Fox Point State Park

While searching for a previously reported Glaucous Gull at Fox Point State Park this evening, we found two Iceland Gulls at the north end of the park. The two birds were first observed by Mason Sieges in flight as they flew upriver to the gull roost that Kyle Horton and I were sifting through. There were about 1500 Ring-billed and 1000 Herring Gulls with 6 Lesser and 10 Great Black-backed gulls mixed in.

Iceland Gull - Delaware

One of two Iceland Gulls at the north end of Fox Point State Park on 25 February 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Iceland Gull - Delaware

One of two Iceland Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the north end of Fox Point State Park on 25 February 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Here’s the link to the eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13191382

The video and photos were taken with an iPhone 4s and Celestron Regal 80 F-ED using an iPhone 4s Phone Skope Case.

Video: Birding the Delaware Bayshore

Before this fall and winter, I have only birded the Delaware Bayshore one time. Since September, I have had the opportunity to explore places such as Bombay Hook NWR and Prime Hook NWR and have found an array of wildlife and beautiful scenery. I urge every naturalist to scope out the Delaware Bayshore in the future. Here is what DNREC has to say about the Delaware Bayshore:

Extending from Pea Patch Island in New Castle County to the City of Lewes in Sussex County, the Delaware Bay shoreline is widely recognized as an area of global ecological significance. Its expansive coastal marshes, shoreline, agricultural lands and forests provide diverse habitat to many species, including migratory shorebirds. Birders and biologists from around the world come to central Delaware to witness the annual spring spectacle of more than a half million shorebirds taking a rest stop to dine on eggs laid by spawning horseshoe crabs.”

DNREC is inviting current and potential recreational users of public lands along the Delaware Bayshore to participate in a survey. Survey responses will assist DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative Team with planning and implementing investments in the Bayshore region. Take the Bayshore Initiative Survey

All content used with permission from DNREC. 

Less than two days to back Bird Photo Booth!

If you haven’t checked out Bird Photo Booth, you really should. This is an awesome product that gets you up close and personal with the birds. Less than two days are left to back Bird Photo Booth. Even though the project is fully backed, that doesn’t mean you can’t lend Bryson a hand. Plus, you can receive some cool rewards depending on how much you pledge. Check out Bird Photo Booth on their website, Facebook, and Twitter! If you like what you see, then throw a pledge up on their Kickstarter Page!

A New Smartphone Adapter on the Market – Phone Skope

There’s a new company making, what appears to be solid smartphone adapters for binoculars and spotting scopes. They seem to be reasonable in price and will make a custom adapter for any phone and a universal adapter for those using a “permanent” case, such as an Otter BoxPhone Skope is trying to provide hunter, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to capture special moments using their smartphones. Make sure to check out their Bird Watching products!