WingsBirds Updates Updates from WingsBirds Wed, 23 Jun 2021 20:33:22 -0700 en daily 1 <p>Skye Haas has an update from his recent North Carolina tour</p> 2021-06-22 12:51:01 Wings Staff Field Reports <p>Shazam! WINGS just wrapped up an amazing run to coastal North Carolina for our 2021 Pelagics and Pineywoods tour. Highlighted by two back-to-back days aboard the Stormy Petrel II, we had an excellent selection of seabirds and cetaceans with highly desired species like Black-capped Petrel, Audubon&rsquo;s Shearwater, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Bridled and Arctic Terns and all three Jaegers as well as Cuvier&rsquo;s Beaked Whale, Spotted Dolphins and point blank looks at a resting Sperm Whale! We then continued along the coastal saltmarshes for killer looks at Seaside Sparrows, Clapper Rails, Eastern Willets and baby Least Terns, King Rails and Wilson&rsquo;s Plovers. The Pineywoods birding proved to be delight with very cooperative Swainson&rsquo;s, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated and Worm-eating Warblers, along with multitudes of Brown-headed Nuthatches and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (including an active nest of woodpeckers!), while being serenaded by Bachman&rsquo;s Sparrows, Painted Buntings and Chuck-will&rsquo;s Widows. Palamedes Swallowtail Butterflies were everywhere and sightings of Black Racers, Mud Turtles and Sheep Frogs helped round out a dreamy visit to the naturalist&rsquo;s playground that is the Carolina coast! (Photos by Skye Haas).</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="1172" height="1164" /></p> <p>Black-capped Petrel</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="440" /><br />Great Shearwater</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="590" height="640" /><br />Red-cockaded Woodpecker at nest</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="352" /><br />Cuvier's Beaked Whale &nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="483" /><br />Swainson's Warbler</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="451" /><br />Scopoli's Shearwater</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="337" /><br />Sperm Whale</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="629" height="640" /><br />Bachman's Sparrow</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="462" /><br />Yellow-throated Warbler</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="624" /></p> <p>Blue Grosbeak<br /><br /></p> <p>Ethan Kistler reports from the land of fire and ice. </p> 2021-06-21 22:34:12 Wings Staff Field Reports <p>Iceland is famous for its dramatic landscape of volcanoes, glaciers, picturesque waterfalls, and stunning vistas. That in itself brings many tourists to this remote island nation. The first of two back-to-back Iceland tours has concluded where we had the stately White-tailed Eagle, a breeding pair of Gyrfalcons, bustling alcid colonies, copious breeding shorebirds, over a dozen Orcas, an Arctic Fox, and even a vagrant Black-and-white Warbler. Iceland never disappoints and I&rsquo;m excited to begin the second tour tomorrow for a whole new group of birders!</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></p> <p>Go&eth;afoss "waterfall of the gods" is one of the most spectacular waterfalls of Iceland</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="480" height="640" /></p> <p>&THORN;ingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is here that the world&rsquo;s first democratically elected parliament that remains functioning,&nbsp;Al&thorn;ingi, was formed in 930 AD.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></p> <p>Black-and-white Warbler was a nice bonus and only the 4th record for Iceland.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></p> <p>Hundreds or thousands of Northern Fulmars can be seen daily nesting on coastal cliffs.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></p> <p>This Atlantic Puffin was photographed during the midnight sun giving it an orange glow.</p> <p><span>Ethan Kistler reports from the Upper Midwest</span></p> 2021-06-08 11:51:20 Wings Staff Field Reports <p><span>From boreal forests and aspen parkland of Minnesota to the vast grasslands and prairie potholes of North Dakota, the Northwoods to Prairies tour concluded with great success! We had point blank views of Connecticut Warbler and Great Gray Owl, recorded over 20 species of warblers, and even crossed into Wisconsin to see the vagrant Arctic Loon before heading west where the grasslands were filled with the melodies of Chestnut-collared Longspurs and wetlands were teeming with waterfowl. You can say I&rsquo;m already counting down to the 2022 tour!</span></p> <p><span><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="479" /></span></p> <p><span>This Upland Sandpiper sat on his post and sang his extraordinary song.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="479" /></p> <div dir="ltr" data-setdir="false">The first of two Great Gray Owls we found at Sax-Zim Bog.</div> <p><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="472" /></p> <p><span>The final three crossing our makeshift bridge to a singing Connecticut Warbler.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> Zambia 2020-11-19 12:33:30 Will Russell Recently updated tours Zambia is a wonderfully scenic country in the middle of sub-Saharan Africa with numerous parks and safari areas.&nbsp; It is also unusually diverse biologically, and&mdash;although under birded&mdash;has one of the largest bird lists in Africa, surpassing 750 species.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll visit a range of habitats, each with its own set of species, beginning in the extreme northwest corner on the border of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This remote area, rarely visited by tourists, offers a chance to see many Congo Basin species normally inaccessible to birders. From here we&rsquo;ll travel south towards Kafue National Park, one of the largest parks in Africa, with its extensive Miombo woodlands interspersed with grassy depressions called &ldquo;Dambos.&rdquo;&nbsp; Here we may see the highly localized Black-cheeked Lovebird and very likely some of Africa&rsquo;s iconic mammals. Continuing south we&rsquo;ll stop near Choma for the endemic Chaplin&rsquo;s Barbet, before spending the last couple nights in the Lower Zambezi Valley where we&rsquo;ll target the iconic African Pitta, one of Africa&rsquo;s most sought-after birds. Global Birding Event 2020-11-18 16:36:51 Matt Brooks Miscellany <p>The Global Birding Event held on 17 October proved to be an amazing success. 32,790 people took part around the world and between them recorded an incredible 7111 species through The combined number of species seen by the WINGS/Sunbird team was 595 and the event as a whole raised in excess of $30,000 for Birdlife International. But perhaps its greatest achievment was pulling together all those birders around the world and it was wonderful to be part of something so big - we are already looking forward to next year&rsquo;s event. You can read all about the big day and see all the statistics at&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p><br />If you would like to contribute to Birdlife&rsquo;s continued work trying to end the senseless trade in wild birds, donations can be made direct to Birdlife International by clicking&nbsp;<a href=";_gac=1.263092478.1605609806.Cj0KCQiAhs79BRD0ARIsAC6XpaWdmnCHNWNrgH8DrANdTglJf2eWDxGmaF1GerJ8B_aerYSre8OBpsYaAntrEALw_wcB"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> India: The North 2020-04-06 16:39:40 Will Russell Recently updated tours India is a mystical and exotic country that for many people epitomizes foreign travel. It is an extraordinarily varied land, and long after you have returned home images will remain to enrich and liven your daily round: the cool marble splendor of the Taj Mahal; the snows of the Himalayas, flamingo-pink at dawn; and the lush green jungles. And above all the birds: the thrill of your first Siberian Rubythroat, a Red-flanked Bluetail or Altai Accentor beside a mountain stream a Sarus Crane striding majestically through the cornfields an Orange-headed Thrush lighting up the undergrowth or minivets streaming through the emerald canopy. With so many birds on the potential list, the examples can only be arbitrary, and the total for the tour should be between 380 and 400 species. Scotland 2020-02-06 10:39:20 Will Russell Recently updated tours The Scottish Highlands are one of the last truly wild places to be found in the United Kingdom. Ideally placed to explore the region, the imposing Grant Arms Hotel is home to The Birdwatching and Wildlife Club which provides its own Club room with a wildlife information centre, a bookshop and a natural history library. It also has a large lecture theatre which hosts evening talks from a range of guest speakers. Lesser Antilles 2019-12-18 19:03:39 Will Russell Recently updated tours These 10 stunningly beautiful Caribbean islands form the eastern border between the placid Caribbean Sea and the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Each tropical island gem is separated by turquoise seas and boasts rich wetlands, vast open grasslands, dynamic coastlines and lush tropical rainforests. These diverse habitats are home to a lengthy list of highly threatened single-island endemics and near endemics along with a host of indigenous regional specialties.