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 […]

Aug 172016
 
Fall is here! A walk on the Western Waterfront Trail

A lot of people seem to think it’s still summer—yesterday’s sweltering 88 degrees contributes to that misapprehension. Birds know better. Days are noticeably getting shorter, most baby birds of the year are on their own now, and adults are recovering from the rigors of raising those young birds—many have finished molting into new feathers and […]

Apr 082016
 
In Search Of South Florida Vagrants

There have been some extraordinary sightings of unexpected bird species these past few months with one in particular that was being reported at the end of February resulting in this report.           The Northern Parula above (image 1) was photographed at Long Key State Park in March 2016. Tom Obrock and […]

Jun 162014
 
 Bird of the Week: Magnolia Warbler

Despite its name, this bird is rarely seen in a magnolia tree. Ornithologist Alexander Wilson, who named the bird in 1810, had collected a specimen from a magnolia in Mississippi. He used “Black-and-yellow Warbler” for the bird’s English name and “magnolia” for the Latin species name, but “magnolia” was the name that stuck. “Maggies” head […]

May 112014
 
"Coffee Bird": Western Tanager

It’s an eye-catching mixture of red, yellow, and black. But the Western Tanager can be surprisingly inconspicuous during the breeding season, since it spends its time high in the treetops. This tanager breeds farther north than any other member of its mostly tropical family. In winter, though, it joins Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wood Thrush, and dozens […]

Mar 282014
 
Top Ten Ways to Help Spring's Migrating Birds

Despite persistent late-occurring snowstorms, average temperatures are starting to climb, soon to be followed by the most deadly period of the year for birds: springtime. Although spring means new life and hope to many people, billions of birds face the tribulations of a perilous migration followed shortly by breeding and the production of scores of […]

Feb 202014
 
Up to One Billion Birds May Be Killed Annually in Building Collisions

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, involving the review and analysis of almost two dozen studies and over 92,000 records, federal scientists have found that between 365 and 988 million birds are likely killed in the United States each year as a result of collisions with buildings. The study, “Bird–building Collisions in the […]

Jul 142013
 
Purple Siberian Iris, Butterflies and Birds

Looking back over the month of June, iris sepals unfurl and fall creating waves of hues from lavender to deep purple . . . filling the Middle Meadow garden with hundreds of blooms lasting nearly three full weeks as new buds continue to open. Eastern Tiger Swallowtails Papilio glaucus or Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Papilio canadensis […]

Dec 252012
 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Our terrace garden is mostly made up of varieties of salvias and fuchsias. Terra cotta pots are placed out and fully planted mostly for New England’s only hummingbird . . . the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, who visits often during the spring and summer months. It is a joy each year to observe breeding hummingbirds […]

Sep 152012
 
Best Photo of the Week Competition 15 Sep 2012

During the last week our authors and photographers have posted some outstanding articles packed with top-ranking wildlife images. Our competition is called “Best Photo of the Week”. Click on the first image and then page through the slideshow. Please select the three images you like best of all and vote for them at the bottom […]

Sep 092012
 
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated hummingbirds, not Black-chinned guys. Kind of happy these little friends decided to show up and pose for some photos. The males were a bit obnoxious and rather mean to each other, wrestling on the ground and knocking each other off branches. Feisty guys. Ah hah!! I got one to land on my finger, which […]