Jun 012017
POLL: Should a "Lights Out" program be enforced to save migratory birds?

Imagine arriving to work and finding nearly 400 dead birds on the ground. That’s precisely what happened at the American National Insurance building in Galveston, Texas, on May 4, 2017. In a single night, hundreds of migrating birds slammed into the side of the skyscraper. All but three found on the ground died. The birds […]

Aug 102016
Birding at the Bog with Pip and Lisa

This weekend I headed to the Sax-Zim Bog with my little dog Pip and my good friend Lisa. We’re in the silent part of summer now, when parent birds are busy chasing their little ones around more than singing, but we got to hear a surprising number of birds on Nichols Lake Road when we […]

Sep 092015
Central Winds Park in September

Central Winds is starting to get interesting. A couple days ago we had a Blue-winged Warbler there, and there’s been between 8-10 species seen there each day. There are lots of Northern Parula here, sometimes more than 20, and there have been a fair number of Redstarts, Yellow Warblers, Yellow-throated Warblers, and Black and White […]

May 032014
A Bestiary : Songbirds ~ American Redstart

The animated and flashy warbler American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) is the final warbler featured in my Bestiary. Migrating songbirds are returning to our Western Massachusetts hillside now as I finish the warbler section of A Bestiary — Tales From a Wildlife Garden. I have enjoyed recalling and writing about the numerous encounters I have had […]

Nov 012013
A Bestiary: Songbirds ~ Black-throated Green Warbler

‘A Bestiary . . . Tales from a Wildlife Garden’ continues with the gregarious Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens. Each spring this small songbird returns to our wildlife habitat within the foothills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. There are more photos and stories of my encounters with this warbler over at Native Plants and […]

Sep 212013
Central Winds, 9/13/2013

I had a great morning at Central Winds. It’s always fun to find a Chestnut-sided Warbler, but I ended up with eleven warblers. I got out of my car and had 6 warbler species in the same tree right next to my car, including two early Palm Warblers, a Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, […]

Jun 182013
A Bestiary ~ Songbirds : Warblers

For months I have been working on ‘A Bestiary . . . Tales from a Wildlife Garden’ writing and sharing photos of the wildlife that live here on our land . . . from mammals to birds and now featuring the songbirds. Starting with the wonder of warblers. The Chestnut Sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica, returns […]

Nov 242012
How does Birding in Costa Rica differ from that of the Temperate Zone?

Before my first trip to Costa Rica, I prepared for it like a commando on an all important mission. There was a scheduled departure date printed on my plane ticket (no e-tickets back in 1992) and the destination was San Jose, Costa Rica. This meant that I had a near certain date with a baptism […]

Nov 152012
Hints for Birding in Costa Rica- Was that a Tyrannulet or a Warbler?

Just as birders in temperate North America have to deal with the kinglet-warbler identification conundrum (with the Hutton’s Vireo thrown in for good measure in some places), we birders in Costa Rica are confronted with the tyrannulet-warbler scam. It goes like this: At some subtropical site in Costa Rica, a tiny bird flits into a […]