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Take a break: Field Guides Collaborative Global Big Day (5/18)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: On May 9, 2020, the whole Field Guides crew, scattered to the winds across the globe, went out to bird as much as was safe and prudent as part of the Global Big Day. These are their stories. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Ned (Screamer) takes us birding around Cape Charles, Virginia (5/15)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Ned Brinkley (Screamer) — guide and creator of the Field Guides catalogs, newsletters, and emailings — lives near the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula at Cape Charles, Virginia. In this video, he introduces us to some of the beautiful open space that Cape Charles has to offer. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Kite birds the Texas Hill Country for Global Big Day (5/13)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Bret Whitney (Kite) set out on Saturday, May 9th to find Golden-cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, and other Hill Country gems at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in Austin, Texas during the Global Big Day. Stay tuned for the great Nine-banded Armadillo footage, too! Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: RP Watson jams out with Chuck-will’s-widow and friends (5/12)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Among myriad interests, RP Watson (husband to the incomparable Peggy Watson) is a musician. Recently, he rose early and jammed out with the morning bird chorus in their backyard in Austin, Texas, playing handpan along with the songs of Chuck-will’s-widow and Northern Cardinal. Listen over your speakers or, for an immersive experience, pop on some headphones to take advantage of this stereo recording. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Marcelo (Manakin) has a wild backyard – the Pantanal of Brazil! (5/11)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Marcelo Padua (the Manakin) takes us on an excursion in his home turf, Brazil’s Pantanal – and shows us some great birds and a mammal along the way. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Chris takes us on a Tucson scorpion safari. (5/11)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Expanding on his considerable love for birds and beasts, guide Chris Benesh has developed a particular passion for scorpions. As a resident of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Chris has ready access to these fascinating beasts – and today, he shares a few with us. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Owling in Arizona with Micah (Bare-eye) (5/6)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Micah Riegner shares a successful evening looking for Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet owls outside of Prescott, Arizona. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Tom (Albatross) greets a returning friend – a Swainson’s Warbler (5/4)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: On the cusp of major spring migration across North America, Tom (Albatross) shows us how to recognize the songs of an individual Swainson’s Warbler that has returned to Cape May for multiple spring seasons. In this time when we aren’t doing as much traveling to see birds, it’s a good reminder to slow down and pay attention to the little things. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Willy shows us the birds of his garden in England (5/1)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Willy Perez is spending time at home with his family in Dorset, England. Today he shares some of his backyard birds and shows off his skills with the fútbol, too! Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Neotropical migrants bring a big smile to Barbet’s face in Baton Rouge (4/29)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Dan Lane (Barbet) shares a migrant-filled day as he tallies 70 species from his Louisiana yard. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Godfried invites us in to check out his Spanish garden (4/27)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Godfried Schreur shares some birds and plants from his lovely garden in Spain. Can you imagine seeing both Spanish Imperial Eagle and a castle from your doorstep? Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Chris (Solitaire) gives us a birding tour of his Tucson neigborhood (4/24)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Chris Benesh takes a walk through the rich desert in his Tucson, Arizona neighborhood, finding a nesting Cooper’s Hawk along the way. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Micah (Bare-eye) hunts for arriving Gray Vireos in Arizona (4/22)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Micah Riegner (Bare-eye) takes us on a visit to chaparral near his home in Arizona to admire Black-chinned Sparrows and Gray Vireos. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Doug seeks April migrants in Brooklyn, with a side of Northern Gannet (4/20)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Doug Gochfeld goes to Coney Island Creek Park this time, and discovers a surprise or two. (Be sure to enjoy the final feature starting a little more than 5 minutes in!) Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Eric (Eagle) goes owling and porcupining in Colorado (4/17)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Eric Hynes heads out to the woods of southwestern Colorado to look for nocturnal critters. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Jesse (the Motmot) checks in from Lima, Peru (4/17)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Jesse Fagan (Motmot) lives in Lima, Peru, where the population is under a fairly strict quarantine policy. Mot doesn’t let that stop him from sharing his backyard birds with us. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: A visit to Karen’s yard in Austin (with Kite and Ruth) (4/15)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Office Manager Karen Turner shares some of her animals with Bret Whitney (Kite) and Tour Manager Ruth Kuhl during a socially distanced Austin yard visit. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: An Expedition to the Barbet’s (Dan Lane’s) Baton Rouge Backyard (4/13)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Field Guides leader Dan Lane (our Barbet) takes us exploring around his backyard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — some pretty interesting creatures to see there. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Micah (Bare-eye) sketches and paints birds in Arizona (4/10)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: In conjunction with his birding and leadership skills, guide Micah Riegner (Bare-eye) is a talented artist. Here, he takes us on an exploration of his process and some of his completed works. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Tom records the return of Louisiana Waterthrushes to Cape May (4/8)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Tom Johnson (the Albatross) spends some time watching and sound-recording recently arrived Louisiana Waterthrushes in the wilds of southern New Jersey. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Eric Hynes (Eagle) explores the Colorado mountains (4/6)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Field Guides leader Eric Hynes is joined by his research assistants (aka his wonderful daughters Rita and Molly) on a birding adventure in his spectacular neighborhood in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Micah (Bare-eye) and John (Kingfisher) search for woodpeckers in Arizona (4/3)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Field Guides leaders Micah Riegner and John Coons on a search for American Three-toed Woodpeckers near Williams, Arizona. Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Doug goes storm birding in Brooklyn, NYC (4/2)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Guide Doug Gochfeld visits one of his favorite Brooklyn birding patches when there’s no one else around on a recent stormy day. It was a little wild and wooly out there, but there was some cool stuff to see nevertheless. And there’s nothing better than an excuse to get out birding, right? Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Why we bird (wisdom from the wilds of Brazil) (4/1)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: Group members on Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros‘s Brazil’s Rio Roosevelt: Birding the River of Doubt tour take a few minutes during an early afternoon birding lull to riff on what draws them to watching birds… Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

Take a break: Bret’s Screech-Owl (3/29)

Recently posted in our “Take a break with us…” series: guide Bret Whitney (whom we and many of you know as Kite) takes us on an 8-minute tour of his yard in downtown Austin, Texas, with some fun discoveries along the way. It’s classic Kite, enjoy! Jump right to it with this link; and you can see lots of other videos and posts from other Field Guides leaders and staff by scrolling up or down on the page. Enjoy!

We have a new “Take a break with us…” [from the news] page online

We miss being out in the field with you. But we’ve put together a new web page where we are now posting several times each week items we hope you’ll enjoy as a break, including videos from our own guides and staff. We’ve gotten lots of great response from many of you who find these to be a welcome respite from the news cycle as well as a fun way to share a little time with our various guides while they’re at home. Check it out at this link.

Tour video: Central Mexico & Baja—Birds, Butterflies & Whales

Guide Micah Riegner assembled a fun video run through our inaugural tour for Mexican endemics, Monarch butterflies, and Gray Whales and Whale Sharks…come watch, it’s a lot of fun!

You can also visit our web page for more info.

Tour video: Brazil’s Japura & Tefe Rivers

Have a look at Bret Whitney and Micah Riegner’s December 2019 tour to remote Amazonia in this fun video from Bret filled with great visuals and drone footage!

You can also see our full 2019 triplist or visit our web page for more info.

Newsletter: November 2019 Issue

Click the image below to view a PDF of our November newsletter featuring lots of images from recent tours in our Fresh From The Field section, a special InFocus section about our Asia tours (a great way for you to select one just right for your birding style), a tribute to Abbie Rowlett (our star newsletter and catalog producer for 20 years who retired in 2019), and a cool Bird Buzz piece from a recent Peru tour, where there was an amazing chase of a Gray-bellied Hawk after an Undulated Tinamou (no spoiler here!). Enjoy reading! Our next newsletter will hit mailboxes in early 2020. If you don’t already receive our quarterly newsletters but would like to, join our mailing list by clicking this link.