Weston Barker

Joined: Jan 16, 2020 Last Active: Sep 28, 2022 iNaturalist

I'm an avid birder and general naturalist based in midcoast Maine. Away from my yard I'm usually focused on birds and iNat on the side, or when the birding is slow I quickly get sucked in to examining other biota. I am a frequent user of eBird as well. eBird profile! <--
(Profile photo credit to Jaden Thompson. Shows me on Monhegan Island photographing a Willow Flycatcher while holding a Smooth Greensnake.

Need help with a bird ID in the Eastern U.S. or Canada? Go ahead and tag me! I'd be happy to take a look (or listen) at it.

Most of my expertise lies with birds of the Eastern U.S., but my other interests include moths (I haven't delved into butterflies yet, but that may be coming), galls (particularly oak gall wasps but I won't hesitate to look at other kinds!), tiger beetles (cicindela), and cetaceans (I particularly like learning how to identify them at the surface). I'm pretty well versed in the trees of Maine as well. Desiring to learn more about odonata and orthoptera ID.
Any part of the natural world will interest me!

A few useful online birding resources that I compiled: https://sites.google.com/view/onlinebirdingresources/home

As well as being am obsessive pursuer of birds, I avidly photograph and illustrate them (watercolor, colored pencil).
I earned second place in the illustration category of the 2019 ABA Young Birder of the Year contest and in 2022 placed first in illustration and third in photography.

I am honored to have written twice for Birding magazine, once about Ruby-throated Hummingbird prealternate molt, and once about bird photography (camera settings that affect image sharpness, specifically). Hints at my range of interests in birding, hah!
November 2020
July 2021

I authored an article on sparrow ID for The Fledgling magazine (first issue) and now serve as the Field Editor.

I also write occasionally for a local bird club publication, and I monitor part of an Eastern Bluebird nestbox trail at one of my local birding patches.

Observations in need of ID's: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&quality_grade=needs_id&subview=table&user_id=wbarker26&verifiable=any

My instagram ---> https://www.instagram.com/wbarker26_birding/

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