• White-winged Crossbill ML356942241
    By Julie Hart October 20, 2021

    Like their counterpart the Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbills are nomadic, following the available cone crop and settling down to breed where they find a large food supply. We can't be sure when or where we may run into them, but we can increase our chances by following large-scale movements of crossbills (called irruptions) and learning a bit about their biology.

  • Red Crossbill ML307719721
    By Julie Hart & Matthew Young September 1, 2021

    In every language, the most distinctive character of a crossbill is its amazing crossed bill, an adaptation that makes them super efficient at extracting seeds from conifers. Learn more about how to find breeding crossbills.

  • Chimney Swift ML99588881
    By Julie Hart July 14, 2021

    When swifts arrive in the spring, their fast fluttering remains a constant sight throughout the summer accompanied by their incessant twittering. While swifts are widespread, much of their breeding biology is still unknown because they spend so much time in the air and nest in inaccessible chimneys and hollow trees.

  • Eastern Whip-poor-will ML242461861
    By Julie Hart May 5, 2021

    NY is home to three species of nightjars–the Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will, and Chuck-will’s-widow–and all of them are experiencing steep population declines. In order to better conserve these species, we are seeking information on remaining populations.

  • Upland Sandpiper ML26835241
    By Julie Hart April 27, 2021

    Upland Sandpipers only spend a few months in NY, but their spectacular singing and flight display is not to be missed. Learn more about how to find this disappearing grassland bird.

  • American Woodcock ML316070791
    By Julie Hart March 31, 2021

    Observing the spectacular “sky dance” display of the American Woodcock is one of the classic rites of early spring in New York. Near dusk, a male starts giving “peent!” calls repeatedly from the ground, and eventually launches into the air, flying rapidly upwards in spiraling flight while producing a twittering wing sound.

  • Bald Eagle ML309230201
    By Julie Hart February 22, 2021

    Among the most easily recognized breeding birds in NY is the Bald Eagle. A symbol of freedom and wilderness, casual and amateur birdwatchers alike enjoy seeing this bird any time of year.

  • Great Horned Owl ML48817151
    By Julie Hart January 6, 2021

    The second field season has officially begun and some birds are breeding even in the snowy depths of winter. January is a great time to document breeding of our largest owl, the Great Horned Owl.

  • Piping Plover ML244741611
    By Julie Hart November 1, 2020

    Piping Plovers are iconic birds of coastal dunes, but did you know that they also nest inland on the Great Lakes? There are three distinct populations of Piping Plovers.