Welcome. For a look at my background, please visit my main website. I’ve been birding actively since 1998 and have had a windy career path that’s taken me from bird bum jobs across the country to an academic foray as a cartographer. I’ve always been a student of birds with a particular interest in bird distribution, bird diversity, and the phenology of bird migration.
After a hiatus, I’m renewing my efforts as of Spring 2013 to keep this blog updated with insight on bird migration, distributions, and phenology in New England, as I experience them in the field, through discussion with like minds, and using technology like NEXRAD RADAR and climate monitoring.
During spring and fall migration periods, I’ll work to post migration forecasts, based on RADAR and weather conditions, primarily for the Rhode Island region. For background on using RADAR to monitor migration, refer to Clemson’s Radar Ornithology Lab. The vanguard in blogging about migration tracking is David La Puma’s woodcreeper.com. My migration forecasts are heavily inspired by David’s work and years of personally tracking and studying migration using RADAR and on the ground observation. The disclaimer about these posts is that migration forecasting is not an exact science, yet (eBird is working on that, see BirdCast). I’ve had some pretty good hits and a few misses for which I don’t have good explanation. Hopefully, my migration forecasts will open awareness of present conditions for migration, provide some guidance about field conditions, and open discussion about a season’s migration.