The Competitive Birding Circuit

We all piled into the car Friday night and camped in Greenfield State Park so we could start our quest for the First Annual Monadnock Area Birding Cup.  Bruce got up at 4:00 am to get a fire started and woke the rest of us up at 4:55 so w’d be ready to listen for…

Daily Bird Count – Week of 7/22/19

Observations occurred mostly throughout Scituate or at the Manomet Mini Bio-Blitz (wide array of plants and wildlife recorded) and the Hingham Harbor Islands (amazing rookery). NOTE: Large amounts of shorebirds seem to be migrating into the area. Monday, 7/22/19 American Crow Blue Jay Cardinal Tufted Titmouse Song Sparrow Chipping Sparrow American Robin Gray Catbird Wood…

Daily Bird Count – Week of 7/15/19

These are all birds seen on the South Shore of Massachusetts, mostly during morning bike rides and other excursions. Locations include Jerusalem Road, Atlantic Avenue, Cohasset Harbor, Musquashcut Pond, Myron’s Panne, Scituate Lighthouse, and A.J. MacEachern Trails. Monday (7/15/19) Canada Goose Mallard Least Tern Mute Swan Double-Crested Cormorant Common Loon Killdeer Red-Winged Blackbird American Crow…

Last Stop – Rio Grand Village

The hottest section of our Big Bend trip was at Rio Grande Village, which, as its name suggests, is along the Rio Grande and Mexican border. As you descend into the valley and see the massive bluffs of Sierra del Carmen in Mexico, the temperature gauge rises. By the time we had left out campsite…

Oases of Big Bend

Driving through the flat desert leading into and through Big Bend, Jackson and I noticed random windmills, not turbines, in the distance. Sometimes they were near a farm. But more often than not, they were solitary towers amongst small stands of trees and scrub. Not seeing the need for electricity, the best answer seemed water….

Boot Canyon Birding

After a sleepless night in both car and tent, with lightning crashing down around us, it was difficult rising Saturday morning for our 10-mile hike to find the only pair of Slate-Throated Redstarts in the country. So we dragged our heels to the Pinnacle trailhead near the Chisos Basin Visitor Center, missing the opportunity to…

Big Day in Big Bend

Despite temperatures that reached 103 and exhaustion from the travels of the day before, we persevered an cracked the Family Big Year goal of 250. We weren’t sure at first. Birds don’t tend to be out in the middle of the day in such extreme heat. However, these are desert birds. Just like humans, they…

Texas, Here We Come

About two weeks ago, the family decided we would divide and conquer. Jackson and I would travel to Texas after his middle school graduation and Maura and Fiona would journey to Wyoming later in the year. Though this felt strange to not be together for these possibly momentous trips, it did make sense economically. Plus,…

Magic Is Everywhere

It seemed like perfect timing: Cornell Lab and eBird’s Global Big Day and our family nearing the 200 mark. With the right weather, location, and timing it seemed like that big number could be met. First was location. After much research with our birding friend, we decided on two very different locations: Burrage Pond in…

A Wild Goose Chase

When we read on eBird that a Pink-Footed Goose was spotted in Ottawa, we knew that we had to go see it. We decided that we would leave on Saturday night after I went over to my friend’s house. I got picked up at 10:30 PM and we started driving north toward Montreal, the last…