Jan 092018
Best ever DAY ONE count

With the better weather forecast for Norfolk that was our destination for the day one count. Starting with Barn Owl and ending wit a lovely Grey Male Hen Harrier we had a cracking day. Shore Lark at Holkham, Twite at Thornham, Snow Buntings at Salthouse and Cattle Egret at Stiffkey were the four main targets […]

Jun 022016
Virginia Rails!

I consider myself a bird watcher, but even with some high-frequency hearing loss, many more of the birds I count in a given day are heard rather than seen. I get a lot of pleasure and joy when I get a good look and hear some songs or calls, but for the most part, just […]

Oct 082013
Common Raven in the Fog

After releasing a pair of juvenile Brown Pelicans at Fort Baker that had been rehabilitated by International Bird Rescue, I decided to head up to Hawk Hill in the Golden Gate National Park to partake in the annual Hawk Watch. but luckily for me… Unfortunately, Hawk Hill was fogged in… there was a lone Common […]

Apr 222013
Win a Break to Scotland’s National Parks

There has never been a better time than the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 to discover Scotland’s two beautiful National Parks. Uncover stunning scenery, fascinating wildlife and a variety of outdoor activities including wildlife watching in the Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. WIN a natural break in Scotland’s National […]

Apr 022013
Humans killed over 10 percent of the world's bird species when they colonized the Pacific Islands

Around 4,000 years ago intrepid Polynesian seafarers made their way into an untamed wilderness: the far-flung Pacific Islands. Over a thousands or so years, they rowed from one island to another, stepping on shores never yet seen by humans. While this vast colonization brought about a new era of human history, it also ended the […]

Mar 262013
Goodness knows

Kindergarteners swarmed around the khaki-clad naturalist, squealing with excitement, shouting out questions and jockeying for a better view.The adult volunteers on this field trip were a tougher audience. “I’m glad they’re having fun but I don’t see why anyone should care about some bug,” one 30-something mom confided to another, adding, “What good is it, […]

Mar 252013
Ross’s Geese at Klamath National WIldlife Area, Miller Island Unit

A few weeks ago I took a ride up to the California/Oregon border to visit the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. You can read my posts on two of these refuges over at the Wildlife Conservation Stamp website. This state wildlife area is just south of the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and is […]

Dec 042012
Beaver at the Cable Pool, Naraguagus River, Maine

This North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) has taken up residence in the famous Cable Pool on the Naraguagus River in Cherryfield, Maine. The Cable Pool was one of the most popular fishing spots during the heyday of Atlantic Salmon fishing. While restoration efforts are made to bring back this wonderful fish, the Cable Pool is […]

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, […]