Useful Links

Here are some good websites that you guys might enjoy. – eBird is an absolute necessity for birders! It is an awesome website that allows you to submit, keep track of, and explore bird data in the form of checklists. You can find new locations to bird, as well as keeping all your lists online for each state, month or even your yard! You can also learn a ton about the distributions of birds by exploring the seemingly endless array of data. – The Handbook to Birds of the World is a fairly well-known series that fully encompasses every species of bird in existence. Its 17 glorious volumes are a definite need for birders to have, that is, if you happen to have $3,500 lying around. The online version is just as expansive, and even includes new updates for taxonomy and behavioral discoveries, only for roughly $30 per year. In my opinion it is absolutely worth it, as it provides beautiful color plates for every bird species as well as their behavior, life history and much more. I highly recommend checking it out. – The ABA Blog is a wonderful way to keep updated on everything that is going on in America and Canada, birding wise. They post weekly rare bird alerts as well as highlighting specific birding occurrences and releasing posts that can improve your birding skill. It’s certainly something to look at once in a while. – The Oriental Bird Club’s Image Database is really cool as it displays an abundance of beautiful bird photos from the world’s Oriental region. You can view some of the planet’s most exotic and rare species on this constantly updated website. You can visit the site everyday to find that many new photos have been added daily, providing a lot of entertainment. – One of my favorite websites for bird images, is primarily focused on Neotropical bird images. Nick Athanas’s photos are amazing and he is clearly a very adept birder, as his ID skill and knowledge is very impressive. His lovely images properly display the beauty of birds in Central and South America, and it’s certainly worth a look. – The Internet Bird Collection is one of the largest databases for bird media that you can find anywhere. One unique feature of the Internet Bird Collection is that it allows you to post your own images, videos and sounds for free, and you can even rate the media of other users. It’s always fun to see what other people think of your photography, especially when the ratings turn out well. You can also browse through the images and videos to learn a lot about birds and their behavior. – The Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library is another great source for bird media. You can look around and see sounds and videos that have been recorded by experts at the Cornell Lab. Awesome footage from across the globe can be found here. You can even hear some of my best work if you look hard enough! – BirdCast is an awesome website to use during the migration season. BirdCast has very comprehensive migration forecasts for each week during migration that predict and analyze the migratory patterns of birds, indicating which birds will be arriving, departing and peaking in their migrations. It even indicates when rarities might be showing up in an area, all based on eBird data and weather patterns. It uses lots of science to construct some really awesome forecasts, and it’s certainly worth checking out. – Anything Larus is a blog run by gull expert Amar Ayyash that revolves completely around gull ID. While it might seem bland to some birders, it can provide some really interesting insights. The blog highlights interesting gull sightings, as well as helping readers with their gull ID, something that we can all work on. If you want to learn more about gulls, one of the most under-appreciated bird families, this is the blog to look at. – HawkCount is a pretty cool website that has great details on hawk migration data. Across the US, including in Connecticut, people submit their daily data to HawkCount where the result of all that work can be quite impressive. Daily totals (that sometime reach in the thousands) can be seen for any day at any good hawkwatch spot. It’s really cool to see the changes in numbers by location or season. – And last but certainly not least, come visit our club blog! The Connecticut Young Birders Club is awesome, and I am currently Club Secretary. If you are a young birder in Connecticut and would be interested in our monthly trips, let us know and visit the website. More membership is always appreciated.