Weston Barker

Joined: Jan 16, 2020 Last Active: Jun 30, 2022 iNaturalist

I am a birder and general naturalist based in midcoast Maine, but I wander over much of the state in my search for birds. I am a frequent user of eBird as well. eBird profile! <--

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.
Any part of the natural world will interest me!

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.

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

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