Our second host – David La Puma

David La Puma (right) back amongst the Seaside Sparrows

David La Puma (right) back amongst the Seaside Sparrows

The second birder to host the Traveling Trinovid was Dr. David La Puma. David is great choice for hosting our newly famous bins. A professional ornithologist with a doctorate on Seaside Sparrows from Rutgers University, and a hardcore recreational birder participating in big day competitions, avid digiscoper, etc… the best of both worlds! It seemed only appropriate to share this picture of him in the marshes listening to and observing Seaside Sparrows with our Traveling Trinovid (who he affectionately called “T-bone”) slung around his neck.

Who better to get the first view of Seaside Sparrow with these binocs than someone who has studied them so intimately. David has also done multiple post-Doc studies on radar & bird migration, and he maintains a website with tutorials on how recreational birders can predict bird movement using the local “Nexrad” radar. His “Woodcreeper” web page is a labor of love, and David updates this every morning during migration. You can see some of his posts from Texas here as well as the Wisconsin area he now calls home. Also, you can listen to his recent interview on the birding radio program “Ray Brown’s Talking Birds” where he describes radar and migration (minutes 10-16).

the good Doctor offering a quick lesson on radar migration studies at the Leica booth at Galveston Featherfest.

the good Doctor offering a quick lesson on radar migration studies
at the Leica booth at Galveston Featherfest.

We were thrilled to have David offering free impromptu lessons on how to interpret the radar and help us at the Leica booth at the Galveston Featherfest. His life long passion for birds and mad field skills really helped to raise the bar on the Traveling Trinovids big year tally. Thanks David!