Take a break with us…

We miss being out in the field with you. But we’re posting here on a regular basis items we hope you’ll enjoy as a break, including videos from our own staff. Be well—we look forward to seeing you again soon!
RECENT ITEMS BELOW (among 30 videos & 1 audio clip):
Jay (Vanga) takes us birding by bike in Montreal, Québec (5/28)
Eric (Eagle) Snowshoes for Ptarmigan near his Colorado home (5/26)
• Flashback with the Motmot to Australia 2011 – Great Bowerbird bower (5/25)
Cory (Curlew) birds near the bank of the Mississippi River in Missouri (5/22)
Dave (Roadrunner) and Julie take a hike in SE Arizona. (5/20)
• Field Guides Collaborative Global Big Day (5/18)

5/28—Jay (Vanga) takes us birding by bike in Montreal, Québec

Guide Jay VanderGaast (the Vanga) explores his neighborhood in Montreal, Québec, Canada by bike.

5/26—Eric (Eagle) Snowshoes for Ptarmigan near his Colorado home

Guide Eric Hynes follows up on a tip to find the elusive White-tailed Ptarmigan in the alpine zone above Telluride, Colorado.

5/25—Flashback with the Motmot to Australia 2011 – Great Bowerbird bower

Guide Jesse Fagan (the Motmot) dug into the vault for this fun look at the architectural wonder that is a Great Bowerbird alleyway bower – from 2011. Has it really been nine years?

5/22—Cory (Curlew) birds near the bank of the Mississippi River in Missouri

Guide Cory Gregory (Curlew) takes us birding around his local patch in Northeastern Missouri – Steyermark Woods. Make sure you stay tuned in for the special visit from a very bold Yellow-throated Warbler near the end of the video.

5/20—Dave (Roadrunner) and Julie take a hike in SE Arizona

Dave Stejskal (the Roadrunner) and Julie Hecimovich take us along on a beautiful hike at Kartchner Caverns State Park in the Whetstone Mountains of SE Arizona, with treats like wildflowers, cactus, agaves, and some great birds along the way.

5/18—Field Guides Collaborative Global Big Day

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.

5/15—Ned (Screamer) takes us birding around Cape Charles, Virginia

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.

5/13—Kite birds the Texas Hill Country for Global Big Day

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!

5/12—RP Watson jams out with Chuck-will’s-widow and friends

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.

RP Watson on the handpan

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

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.

5/8—Chris takes us on a Tucson scorpion safari.

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.

5/6—Owling in Arizona with Micah (Bare-eye)

Guide Micah Riegner shares a successful evening looking for Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet owls outside of Prescott, Arizona.

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

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.

5/1—Willy shows us the birds of his garden in England

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!

4/29—Neotropical migrants bring a big smile to the Barbet’s (Dan’s) face in Baton Rouge

Guide Dan Lane (Barbet) shares a migrant-filled day as he tallies 70 species from his Louisiana yard.

4/27—Godfried invites us in to check out his Spanish garden

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?

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

Guide Chris Benesh takes a walk through the rich desert in his Tucson, Arizona neighborhood, finding a nesting Cooper’s Hawk along the way.

4/22—Micah (Bare-eye) hunts for arriving Gray Vireos in Arizona

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.

4/20—Doug seeks April migrants in Brooklyn, with a side of Northern Gannet

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!)

4/17—Eric (Eagle) goes owling and porcupining in Colorado

Guide Eric Hynes heads out to the woods of southwestern Colorado to look for nocturnal critters.

4/17—Jesse (the Motmot) checks in from Lima, Peru

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.

4/15—A visit to Karen’s yard in Austin (with Kite and Ruth)

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.

4/13—An Expedition to the Barbet’s (Dan Lane’s) Baton Rouge Backyard

Field Guides leader Dan Lane (our Barbet) takes us exploring around his backyard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — some pretty interesting creatures to see there!

4/10—Micah (Bare-eye) sketches and paints birds in Arizona

In conjunction with his birding and leadership skills, Micah Riegner (Bare-eye) is a talented artist. Here, he takes us on an exploration of his process and some of his completed works.

4/8—Tom records the return of Louisiana Waterthrushes to Cape May

Tom Johnson (the Albatross) spends some time watching and sound-recording recently arrived Louisiana Waterthrushes in the wilds of southern New Jersey.

NOTE: After this video was made, New Jersey closed its state parks and state forests, so Belleplain State Forest is not currently accessible to the public. When birding and while social distancing, remember to check access situations for your local birding spots because circumstances often change abruptly. Be safe out there!

4/6—Eric Hynes (Eagle) explores the Colorado mountains

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.

4/3—Micah (Bare-eye) and John (Kingfisher) search for woodpeckers in Arizona

Join Field Guides leaders Micah Riegner and John Coons on a search for American Three-toed Woodpeckers near Williams, Arizona.

4/2—Doug goes storm birding in Brooklyn, NYC

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?

4/1—Why we bird (wisdom from the wilds of Brazil)

Group members on Bret Whitney & Marcelo B’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…

3/29—Bret Whitney’s screech-owl

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!

Note: After we posted this video, we heard from longtime friend Cliff Shackleford, who was delighted to see that the original screech-owl box he’d built for Bret was still going strong! Cliff has a website where you can get your own professionally designed screech-owl box if you’re interested, owlshack.com – check it out!

3/26—The Bird Song Opera: Listen and watch!

If you want to have a little fun, both in terms of the audio component as well as testing your global ID skills a little, check out this Bird Song Opera by clicking on the image below. Recent participant Roslyn Chernesky (thanks!) sent us the link to this creative piece put together by composer Volker Pannes/ShakeUp Music. A joy to watch.

3/24—Guide Tom Johnson at Jakes Landing, Cape May County

Tom takes us along on a short video as he heads out solo to check one of his favorite local patches on a chilly March morn.

3/24—Springlike thoughts

Participant Doug Clarke returned from one of our recent tours to Oaxaca, Mexico, with some lovely pics he shared. Wherever you live, but especially if you’re in a northern clime, these colors can’t help but make you think about spring and the birds soon pushing northward. Thanks, Doug!

Crescent-chested Warbler by participant Doug Clarke…reminds us of the Northern Parulas that will be coming north soon!
Berylline Hummingbird in Mexico with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS
Berylline Hummingbird amidst a blaze of color by participant Doug Clarke
A beautiful Orange-breasted Bunting by participant Doug Clarke. Which species of bunting will be heading your way soon: Painted, Varied, Indigo, Lazuli?

We’ve been communicating with a lot of tour participants recently (if you’re booked on a tour in the next few months and haven’t yet heard from us, you will soon, hang on), and we’ve had some wonderful messages from folks. Here’s one of our faves:

Hang in there, and thanks for the hard work. I have other trips cancelling with other tour companies. They all behave like regular businesses. You guys feel like family–and yes, I know you’re a business. Just saying, it’s a pleasure to work with you.

And it’s a pleasure for us to work closely with such a wonderful and supportive group of folks who travel with us…thank you!