Aug 102017
 
Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser Babies

As usual, the short Canadian summer feels like it’s moving at light speed. Is it already August? July was all about trying to balance regular summer activities (like paddling, camping and socializing with friends) with birding. Birding is fairly slow in July anyway, so it was nice to shift my focus for a while. Saying […]

Aug 062017
 
Summer is Over: Your Guide to Fall Migration!

Fall migration, but it’s still summer you say? Well, not according to the birds. The early signs of fall migration are already upon us, as the first groups of shorebirds have arrived in the Ottawa area. Warblers won’t be long behind them, so it’s time to start taking advantage of this wonderful time of year. […]

Dec 262016
 
Seminole Ranch Conservation Area, 12/23/2016

This morning I drove to the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area. The parking area for it is right across the street from Orlando Wetlands Park. If there’s no hunt planned for the day, you can get there as early as you like and walk to the St. John’s River. The trail takes you to the St. […]

Aug 292016
 
Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part II

The Whimbrel that had been reported daily at Carlos Pointe for nearly a week prior to my visit was of course not guaranteed to be there. The Whimbrel was difficult to identify as it was found to be loafing with its bill hidden in its right wing while surrounded by Marbled Godwits and Willets. The […]

Aug 252016
 
Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

Although there was a very welcome breeze at dawn on the morning of 11 August, I was not prepared to walk miles from Carlos Pointe at Big Carlos Pass along Little Estero Lagoon with the temperature already at 78 degrees. The primary purpose of my visit to the freshwater pool at Carlos Pointe was to […]

Jun 052016
 
Little Estero Lagoon Spring Nesting

For good reason Little Estero Lagoon comes in a close second as a favorite Southwest Florida wildlife venue behind Bunche Beach Preserve. The birds were very accommodating as I continued my walk south toward Carlos Point and back. The Black Scoter was an especially nice find with their behavior “ridiculously tame” as world wildlife photographer […]

Sep 112015
 
Little Big Econ SF (Brumley Rd Trailhead), 8/22/2015

Last week I walked out to the St. Johns River at Puzzle Lake from Brumley Rd with a friend of mine. It was his first time out with me to this location. We were both hoping for some new Seminole County birds – he wanted Pectoral Sandpiper and Cliff Swallow and I wanted Black Tern […]

Jul 292015
 
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, 7/18/2015

The Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area arguably boasts the best inland birding in the State of Florida. But until recently most of the area has been closed to the general public most of the year. During the annual Christmas Bird Count, birders are granted access to the restoration area, but most of the area […]

Jul 262014
 
Reddish Egret at Fort De Soto

Last week my wife decided it might be fun to go to the beach on the Gulf coast (calmer waves), and she asked me if there was a good place there go visit. Fort De Soto, of course! So yesterday we spent the day there. My father and I got there early to do some […]

Jan 222014
 
Viera Wetlands, 1/18/2014

Yesterday I made it out to Viera Wetlands for a little bit during the afternoon. I much prefer to go in the morning, but even though family commitments kept me home in the morning, afternoon birding proved to be all that I’d hoped. My biggest goal was to see an Ash-throated Flycatcher that’s been seen […]

Oct 292013
 
Pectoral Sandpipers in Shasta County?

Well it’s not unheard of but pretty rare to see Pectoral Sandpipers in Shasta County. You see the Pectoral Sandpiper is a medium-sized sandpiper that breeds on wet tundra in both the North American and Siberian Arctic and winters mostly in southern South America1. I know range maps basically show the “average” or “normal” range […]