Oct 032017
 
Baird's Sandpiper at Orlando Wetlands Park, 9/25/2017

Two days ago, one of my friends found a Baird’s Sandpiper at Orlando Wetlands Park, and several of us saw it yesterday (and it’s still being seen today). I drove out to it during my lunch break and came back to the office all excited. Of course, my friends at work thought I was nerding […]

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 […]

Jan 162017
 
Sandpipers go the extra 8,000 miles to have as much sex as possible

A bird smaller than a city pigeon has been recorded flying 13,000km (8,000 miles) in just one month to have sex with as many females as possible In behaviour never witnessed before, male pectoral sandpipers were observed travelling to as many as 24 different “breeding sites” in northern Alaska within a single season, a team […]

Sep 032016
 
Migrating Upland Sandpiper At EAA

A second late summer visit to the Everglades Agricultural Area was rewarding for a handful of species photographed this week. An early departure from Fort Myers with Bird Patrol volunteer Tom Obrock allowed a near sunrise arrival at the sod fields on Hatton Road just south of FL SR 80 that had been noted to […]

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 012014
 
Earlier snowmelt prompting earlier breeding of Arctic birds

A new collaborative study that included the work of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) biologists has revealed that migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska are initiating nests earlier in the spring, and that snowmelt occurring earlier in the season is a big reason why. The report, “Phenological advancement in arctic bird species: relative importance of […]

Dec 242013
 
My Favorite Bird Photos of 2013

At the end of each year I like to go back and look at the bird photographs I have taken and choose the ones I like the best for a “favorite bird photo” post. I try to pick at least one photograph from each month however some months were photographically prolific, others not so much. […]

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 […]

Jun 202013
 
For Some Arctic Birds, Time of Day Is Irrelevant

Arctic summers mean migrating animals, a bounty of breeding opportunities, and 24 hours of sunlight. Many plants and animals experience 24-hour cycles telling them when it’s time to rest and when it’s time to get up—called the circadian rhythm—that are often tied to light cues. So what happens when the sun never sets? For four […]

Dec 012012
 
Rare Art Works by John James Audubon at Auction on December 5th Part III

A rare collection of 82 original, hand-colored engravings of birds and quadrupeds by John James Audubon will come under the hammer in New York on 5th December 2012. “The Birds of America” was published in London between 1827 and 1838 by Robert Havell. Although some items will be purchased by art galleries for public display, […]

Oct 012012
 
Birding Late Summer into Fall

Tuesday September 25: What a most fantastic day! The sun was shining with blue skies, there was no wind, and there were birds everywhere! Starting the morning at Petrie Island with calm condition, we decided to do a full search of the woods. Black-throated Green Warblers, Chickadees, Gray Catbirds, Goldfinches, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Flycatchers […]