Big Year Update – Spring/Early Summer 2022

By Alex Lamoreaux | July 16, 2022

Just a quick check-in here to share some links to our eBird trip reports from the spring and early summer tours we ran this year, starting with the new AZ: Black Hawk tour March 11-15, 2022. This was a great short tour where we were successful in seeing 66 migrating Common Black Hawks and tracked…

Baby Birds from June Tours!

By Alex Lamoreaux | July 13, 2022

Our spring and summer tours offer great opportunities to see nesting birds, fledglings, and juveniles! We had many great sightings of young birds on our recent tours around Maine, Oregon, and California and I just wanted to share a few photo highlights below….  

Hybrid Grebes – Coming Soon!

By Alex Lamoreaux | July 5, 2022

Putnam’s Point in Klamath Falls is a well-known location to see lots of Western and Clark’s Grebes, and to witness their incredible ‘dancing’ courtship behavior! We visit this site every year on my Oregon: Crater Lake & Klamath Basin tour. The park is currently under construction as they make the site even more birder-friendly with…

Another great June in Maine, Vermont, and NH!

By Alex Lamoreaux | June 25, 2022

I’ve had a jam-packed month of guiding, starting with the Acadia Birding Festival followed by two back-to-back Wildside Nature Tours around Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The festival was wonderful, as always! It was great to hang out with old friends, meet new friends, and enjoy the pelagic finale with over 200 happy birders onboard…

Sky Island Scarcities Solved?

By Alex Lamoreaux | May 29, 2022

Our annual visit to the Sky Islands region of Southeast Arizona is one of our favorites. It is an incredibly diverse tour, averaging nearly 200 bird species plus dozens of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, butterflies, and other exciting wildlife! Our tour in 2021 (eBird trip report here) noticed something lacking though… Where were the Canyon Wrens?…

#BWIAB 2022 Warbler Quiz

By Alex Lamoreaux | May 5, 2022

Many guides from the Wildside crew are going to be at the Biggest Week in American Birding this year, and it’s no surprise that the biggest draw for everyone visiting northwest Ohio right now is the opportunity to see so many stunning warblers up-close and in their breeding plumage finery! Crushing, point-blank views of adult…

Kelp Gull in the Rio Grande Valley!

By Alex Lamoreaux | April 23, 2022

Our annual TEXAS: Rio Grande in Spring tour just wrapped up this morning, and it was another one for the record books! We recorded 233 species for the week and thoroughly covered the entire Lower Rio Grande Valley region, from South Padre Island to Falcon State Park! With that many species, it might seem tough…

Big Year Update – Winter Summary!

By Alex Lamoreaux | April 10, 2022

As the country slowly transitions into spring, we just wanted to update you all on our Big Year tour series. As of March 15th we have seen 331 species on 4 tours so far this year. We kicked things off with our 10-day Ultimate SoCal Birding Adventure, then had 2 back-to-back Minnesota: Winter Boreal Specialties…

The California 7

By Alex Lamoreaux | January 5, 2022

Stretching 770 miles along the Pacific coastline of North America and spanning 250 miles inland, California covers a huge area of diverse habitats where over 450 bird species are regular breeders or migrant visitors. In fact, seven bird species are specifically named for California – California Condor, California Quail, California Thrasher, California Gnatcatcher, California Scrub-Jay,…

2021 “BIG YEAR” RESULTS!

By Alex Lamoreaux | December 16, 2021

Compiled and written by Alex Lamoreaux and Chris Brown It’s hard to believe 2021 is wrapping up already! It was so great to be able to get back into our whirlwind of North American birding tours starting in late February, and what a year it turned out to be! Despite the delayed start, we did…

Social Flycatcher in the Rio Grande Valley!

By Alex Lamoreaux | November 18, 2021

What a day here in the Rio Grande Valley! We had an early meet-up to head east toward the coast, and after battling our way through the Starbucks ‘holiday cup’ madness we had coffee in hand and were cruising toward Boca Chica Beach in the pouring rain. Almost immediately after passing the border patrol station…

SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Finding a Bar-tailed Godwit in Monterey!

By Alex Lamoreaux | October 10, 2021

Visiting Monterey each September on our California: Central Coast trip is a major highlight of my year, and when our group birded the shorebird hotspots in that region this past September we were not disappointed. During an afternoon visit to Moss Landing we enjoyed thousands of shorebirds close up including 180 Marbled Godwits, 6 Whimbrel,…