Aug 092017
 
A Bird Sanctuary In Killingworth, CT Pt. III

The transition from one season to the next at the Bird Sanctuary in Killingworth, Connecticut, might be as evident due to changes in the weather as to changes in wildlife seen and its behavior. The calls of peepers are a distant memory as a very infrequent croaking of a frog is heard in the early […]

Jun 052017
 
A Bird Sanctuary In Killingworth, CT Pt. I

The creation of a sanctuary for birds with a few feeders offering a variety of food to sustain them in the winter months was actually an afterthought.           The Eastern Bluebird above (image 3) was photographed at Casa Almeida in January 2017. The Brown Creeper above (image 1) was photographed at […]

Mar 062017
 
More sun - more food - more birds

We had a winter warm-up this week with temperatures exceeding 60 degrees. Most of the snow melted and the birds were loving it. I’ve seen Mourning Doves basking in the sun. American Robins have already started their switch from a winter-berry diet to picking out meaty morsels as the surface of the soil begins to […]

Aug 152016
 
Early Migration At The Everglades Ag Area

A spectacular destination for the observation of migrating shorebirds is within the Everglades Agricultural Area adjacent to Belle Glade, Florida. The Everglades agricultural fields encompass about 700,000 acres which are predominately planted with sugarcane. Preceding crop rotation the fields are flooded to control pests, with rice typically grown offering a conditioning of the soil as […]

Jul 282016
 
Are mockingbirds life-long learners?

Ornithologists have long maintained that Northern Mockingbirds are continual learners, adding new imitations to their songs year after year. The assumption has been that imitations of different sounds indicate the breadth of experiences a male has lived through, and that female mockingbirds are drawn to the most experienced males. The American Ornithologists’ Union and Cornell […]

Jul 022016
 
Summer Florida Birding Beach Tour: Part I

A very rare setting full strawberry moon was observed on the summer solstice this week with the occasion not to return again until June 2062.         The moonset above (image 1) was photographed at Siesta Key Beach in June 2016. Celebrating the occasion was my birding expedition to Access #5 at Siesta […]

Aug 162013
 
 Dove hunters asked to stock-up on nontoxic shot as season approaches

September 1 means the start of fall hunting seasons and the beginning of dove season across much of the country. As dove season approaches, American Bird Conservancy President George Fenwick is joining many hunting community leaders in asking hunters to consider stocking up on nontoxic shot (or steel shot) in an effort to voluntarily reduce […]

Jul 282013
 
Anna’s Hummingbirds at the Waterfall: Birds Can’t Resist Moving Water

If you want to attract birds to your yard you need three main attributes, food, shelter and water. For most song birds, a water source is essential for both drinking and bathing, and if you have a choice, running water is your best bet. Birds can’t resist moving water, as demonstrated by the Anna’s Hummingbirds […]

Jul 202013
 
Summer Scenes of Critters at the Pond

A couple of weeks ago I kept hearing a simple, three pitched call from the yard. I went out to investigate and it was the Black-headed Grosbeak fledgling calling to be fed. Click on photos for full sized images. It was a familiar song but I hadn’t heard it since last year and it is […]

Jun 152013
 
Purple Martins Building a Nest in a Woodpecker Hole in a Dead Snag

The Purple Martin (Progne subis) is a well known and popular bird in eastern North America where it breeds almost entirely in human-made martin houses. Only a few records of natural nestings east of the Rocky Mountains have been reported during the twentieth century1. Here in western North America however, where Purple Martins are less […]

Nov 142012
 
Wildlife Slaughter in South Dakota

Imagine my amazement this morning to see a Google advertisement inviting me to hunt wildlife in South Dakota – and I live in Switzerland! It seems that South Dakota is being promoted as the ideal tourist destination for wildlife hunting. So I clicked on the advertisement and within a few minutes realized that wildlife hunting […]