Nicholas Lund

Contributor, Audubon Magazine

Nicholas Lund lives and birds in southern Maine. He is the outreach and network manager for Maine Audubon and runner of The Birdist blog.

Articles by Nicholas Lund

A group of people stand in a suburban lawn all looking in the same direction with cameras and binoculars.
Birdist Rule #84: Know the Dos and Don'ts of a Rare Bird Stakeout
February 05, 2024 — When going for a vagrant, it’s important to remember that everyone is on the same team.
An illustration of a robot reaching up with one arm towards a hovering red bird.
Can New AI Chatbots Like ChatGPT Help You Identify Birds?
April 04, 2023 — ‘Audubon’ magazine’s intrepid AI expert pushed the cutting-edge technology to its limits on field marks, native plants, and ... Mr. Bean?
 A Steller’s Sea Eagle, indigenous to Korea, Japan and Eastern Russia, launches from a treetop, off the Maine coast in Georgetown on Friday December 31, 2021. The large rare raptor, which is believed to be the same bird seen and documented over the past 16 months in Alaska, Texas, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, has made its latest stop on the Maine coast.
Inside the Amazing Cross-Continent Saga of the Steller’s Sea-Eagle
January 10, 2022 — The journey of the lost Asian bird started more than a year ago. Follow along as birders gather in awe and speculate on its next moves.
This Birder Also Happens to Be One of the Best Skateboarders on the Planet
September 29, 2021 — Dave Mull is a professional skater known for pulling jaw-dropping stunts, but his social media followers get a peek into his other passion: birds.
The University of Illinois Might Make a Kingfisher Its New Mascot. It should!
September 18, 2020 — Spencer Hulsey, a former U of I student, began the campaign last year. This Monday the school's Senate will vote on the proposal.
One of These Birds Should Be Washington, D.C.'s New Football Mascot
July 21, 2020 — The NFL team's racist name is finally gone. The Birdist has some suggestions for what should replace it.
How to Pronounce 17 Tricky North American Bird Names
March 23, 2020 — Your unofficial official guide to sounding like a veteran birder.
My Brief Reign and Embarrassing Fall as a Fantasy Birder
February 05, 2020 — Here's where I failed and the best players cleaned up during 2019's inaugural fantasy birding season.
How Many Bird Species Does Santa Claus See On Christmas Eve?
December 23, 2019 — A lot, it turns out, on the quintessential Christmas Bird Count.