Mar 122018
Pennington Marsh - 5th and 9th March

I visited Pennington Marsh on 5th and 9th March and on both days saw much the same. Its a pretty static time of year with winter birds steadily but barely noticeably declining and very few migrants appearing. The Lapwing are now in regular display and are busy making nesting scrapes on the marsh while Black-tailed […]

Mar 062018
Birding By The Sea

Well, this is not actually a post about birding by the sea, but birding by the Long Island Sound at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Images in this post are from a trip to Hammonasset in mid-January when I met world eBirders Julie Hart and Daniel Schlaepfer with four additional visits in February. Julie was kind […]

Feb 262018
Two Winter Specialties At Stratford Point

Stratford Point just off I-95 above the Long Island Sound became host to a Short-eared Owl on 2 January according to eBird data. I closely followed reports of the Short-eared Owl on eBird as I had not observed the species in the wild before. As the owl was seen with regularity I began to study […]

Dec 262017
Do Partridges Really Live in Pear Trees?

The lucky recipient in the classic Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” got 23 birds over the course of the holiday season. Hopefully they didn’t live in a studio apartment. In the yuletide spirit, we’re taking a closer look at the birds immortalized in the English folk song, first published around 1780. Seven Swans […]

Nov 232016
Pintail on ice

A new day and a new weather system. Overnight rain, clouds and a fresh southerly wind were not the best birding conditions and wasn’t eve sure I would bother but eventually decided that it might be worth checking the sea off Fornebu. Not much to write down in the notebook here except for a few […]

Jul 212014
Two Kinds of Coots

I was in London last week for a conference. My hotel was near Kensington Gardens, one of London’s Royal Parks. I walked all over the gardens, saw the famous statue of Peter Pan, and sat by a pond watching the royal waterfowl. There were mute swans, tufted ducks, Egyptian geese, moorhens, great crested grebes, great […]

Mar 302014
New York Backtracks on Plans to Eradicate Mute Swans

Mute swans in New York will be getting a reprieve from slaughter following major public outcry over the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to eradicate the state’s population over the next decade, but animal advocates are still concerned about their future. Earlier this year the DEC publicly announced its plan to list mute swans […]

Jan 222014
Viera Wetlands, 1/18/2014

Yesterday I made it out to Viera Wetlands for a little bit during the afternoon. I much prefer to go in the morning, but even though family commitments kept me home in the morning, afternoon birding proved to be all that I’d hoped. My biggest goal was to see an Ash-throated Flycatcher that’s been seen […]

Mar 242013
Great Bustard: the great show in the plains

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is one of the largest and most spectacular European birds. Mature males can attain a wingspan of 2,4 meters and a weight of 18 kg, and are among the world’s heaviest flying birds; only its African relative the Kori Bustard and the Mute Swan can dispute that title. Females are […]

Feb 192013
Jenney Pond (Arms House Pond) Plymouth, Massachusetts for Photography

Although, one of the great places to photograph waterfowl And other birds in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I call Jenney Pond, because it is the location of the Jenney Grist Mill its actual name is and is located in Town Brook Park, according to Google maps. Year-round, there is a resident population of Mallards, Canada Geese and […]

Jan 182013
Leucistic Mallard - Anas platyrhychos

At one of the locations that I photograph at, there mute swans and mallards present along with other species of ducks and geese. I discovered what appears to be a partially leucistic mallard on the pond. What what became interesting, is that the mute swans started chasing this mallard, although they do not chase any […]

Sep 282012
Birding Prince Edward Point & Presqu'ile Provincial Park - Canada

It was still dark with the night’s chilly draft and drizzling rain sweeping over Ottawa, when a small, dedicated group of birders met at the Park & Ride off Hwy 416 and Bankfield. The drive down to Prince Edward County revealed several species of birds with plenty more greeting us at the point. We were […]