Nov 072017
Feature:  Stratford Point, Connecticut

This land offers a stunning coastal grassland area near the mouth of the Housatonic River which has of this writing 282 species of bird observed according to eBird data. It was my hope to visit Stratford Point and observe the LeConte’s and Clay-colored Sparrows seen a day earlier at the venue. The Common Loon above […]

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 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 […]

Feb 172015
I Hope I Never Get Bored with Common Birds

This past Saturday I had a fun time looking for rarities at Orlando Wetlands Park–Vermilion Flycatcher (found) and Groove-billed Ani (missed). Along the way, I heard the familiar sounds of Common Yellowthroats grunting at me. I decided to stop for a few minutes, and one in particular was being rather photogenic, so I took a […]

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 […]

Oct 032013
Worm-eating Warbler at Central Winds Park

I had a great morning at Central Winds; I saw 15 warblers, my highest total of the Fall so far. The biggest highlight for me was my first Magnolia Warbler of the year. Here’s my list: Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Northern, Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, […]

Sep 202013
Mead Gardens, 9/11/2013

This morning I met a friend of mine at Mead Gardens. We a very nice time there, though there weren’t many birds to speak of there. We saw or heard five species of warbler: Ovenbird, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, and a Black and White Warbler. We also had fun watching a Great Egret […]

Jun 172013
The Ethical Flap Over Birdsong Apps

Last April I was leading a group of beginning birders along a trail beside the Arkansas River, helping them learn to spot and identify some of the dozens of species present on this beautiful spring morning. At one point I heard a distinctive song coming from a thicket: the wichity-wichity-wichity of a male common yellowthroat. […]

Apr 152013
Swainson’s Warbler at Mead Gardens, 4/5/2013

This morning I drove by Mead Gardens hoping to find one of the Swainson’s Warblers that were seen there yesterday. A friend of mine was there too, and we ended up finding both Swainson’s Warblers, plus 12 other warbler species: Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, […]

Apr 112013
Mead Gardens, 4/1/2013

This morning was pretty fun at Mead Gardens. I saw a couple Barred Owls and a few Wood Ducks that were cooperative with my camera, though most other species I saw were not. I heard a Red-eyed Vireo in the park this morning, and I have a brief glimpse at a Painted Bunting on the […]

Mar 202013
Mead Gardens, 3/14/2013

This morning I dropped by Mead Gardens, and I had a pretty good time. Easily the biggest highlight was seeing two Louisiana Waterthrushes. These are really fun warblers, and before this morning I didn’t have any presentable photos of them. All these photos are of the second one I found, which was much more cooperative […]