Posts tagged ‘rare birds’

Cashing in on wildlife

Posted April 2nd, 2011 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Arguments on both sides of this issue can be made with equally passionate reasoning. It comes down to a simple question: Who “owns” the wild creatures which fly, swim, or walk among us? I only ask this after seeing an interesting article from the UK, via Daily Mail. A certain bird–an Eastern Orientalis (a subspecies of [...]

Friday humor

Posted February 11th, 2011 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

As one who sits on a state record committee I can attest to the truisms found in this animated video. There exists a hard-knuckled conundrum when faced with reports of rare birds, particularly when submitted by a lone observer. Myriad variables can be present to fool viewers in the outdoors. Eye witness accounts (as any [...]

It’s why we do it

Posted February 10th, 2011 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Folks begin watching birds for a variety of reasons. They stick with it for still more. But perhaps the most alluring motivation among birders is the chance at a rarity, something so out-of-normal as to create a buzz locally, sometimes even nationally or internationally. To find such wanderers is pretty heady stuff. Here’s another prime [...]

Expected, just not in Grand Forks

Posted November 9th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

It was first described by Swainson from a bird collected in Mexico in 1826. But it was Lawrence who named the bird for John Cassin, a famous Philadelphia 19th century ornithologist. I’m talking about the Cassin’s kingbird, one of the handful of similar looking tyrant flycatchers which inhabit portions of this country. Of the four (western, [...]