Here are some links to a few places I occasionally wander
while in my chair. So in case you are looking for a way
outta here, or more info on weather, birds, insects, space,
or if you just want some bird cams you can watch quietly
while pretending to work, here you go. ;) I'll add more,
I just ran through quickly and grabbed some links for which
I confess to having been a repeat offender, or a junkie.
Weather and Climate
Weather Underground Utopia
enter your town to get your local stations
Put any city in the selection window, read 'forecast discussion' link.
scroll over current at top navbar, then choose temperature, surface,
radar, you can even check national snow cover, etc. (travel section)
General weather happenings, current news
U.S. Drought Portal
National Hurricane Center
(state and topical listservs or message groups)
a non-stop world big year at Audubon website
great photos in galleries, often current rarities
Searchable Ornithological Research Archive
Lots of orni publications are available online at SORA
American Bird Conservancy
Bird sounds and calls
enter any bird into search window and select from samples given, by
clicking the XC code # at right, then hit play in the window when that
opens. Try Brown-backed Solitaire, or Willow Ptarmigan, yer welcome.
Fatbirder - Links to everything
Fatbirder's Top 1000 birding websites
David Sibley's page often has interesting discussions
An often interesting blog
National Wildlife Refuge Association
Bourbon, bastards and birds
a birder's blog - (occasional colorful language)
A record U.S. big year done on a bicycle in 2014
Still a good read if you didn't follow along,
or worth perusing for ideas if going somewhere
mentioned maybe, or biking for birds.
Mendocino Co. in northern California
Ooops! There goes another! This blog though still up
is not being updated anymore. It is worth reading through
the archives if you are interested in enviro issues in
particular. There is lots of good info well presented.
Cape May recent sightings
Note link to homepage there too
A blog portal of sorts
A new West Texas hummer cam in the Davis Mountains.
I've seen Blue-throated and Magnificent, and others had
a White-eared the same day!
There is one view set on the baby in the nest, the
other on an area where carcasses placed and adults
often feeding (probably not best at lunch time).
Can be loads of seabirds on this walrus cam
THIS CAM has gone off line - apparently it is quite seasonal
as are many nesting cams for instance... sorry!
This one was a favorite, and it's light late there!
But you want low tide, so figure out when that is for you.
Scroll below to all the other camlink thumbnails and it will
give you info about tide time and lots of other stuff. Cam
needs a wiping off... The seabird show can be awesome
when it was showing part of the cliff some days. It is now
showing highlights from this past season.
Lots of good nature web cams here
The bears fishing salmon are neat, and the Puffins too!
There are a bunch of cams here - a Laysan fledged July 6!
Their home page links to a ton of bird info.
Monterey Bay (CA) webcams
You can see some birds on the bay cam - which moves around, you
may need to increase resolution, Brandt's Cormorants, Western Gulls,
Surfbirds, Brown Pelican, Harbor Seals or even an otter in the kelp,
a neat list could be built from this one.
Green Jays, Chachalacas, White-tipped Doves
This cam in southmost Texas could build a neat list too. One guy
saw a female Crimson-collared Grosbeak while watching it! When
not live (after dark) you can play archive footage.
Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds
You might get lucky at this one too...
The real time space photo gallery is great, you can
often see last night's auroras in the morning
Sky and Telescope
Click on: This weeks sky at a glance
The Bug Guide
Longhorn Beetles of Texas (Cerambycids)
Ode Central - dragonflies and damselflies
Butterflies and Moths of North America
follow Monarchs and other species movements
Reptiles and Amphibians
Old Mitch stuff
Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park
This is my old local patch in L.A.
Mitch's Miscellaneous Matters
This is a hodgepodge of old stuff about birds, not my first
but one of my earliest websites... It has information about
mostly pelagics (seabirds), the Palos Verdes Peninsula
area, and the bird record cheating that takes place in
the California Bird Records Committee.
An old (2001) article I wrote about socal Seabirding:
Palos Verdes Peninsula-South Bay Audubon Society
Has lots of good stuff at their website. They have a
great newsletter worth reading. There used to be some of the
12 years of my Birds of the Peninsula columns in the Hummin'
newsletter archives, but now archives appear only to go back to 2003.
There is a neat 'Bird Search' feature which allows you
to check about 15 years of Palos Verdes Peninsula area bird records
from the Hummin' columns covering about 1996 to 2010.