The Bohemian and the Trumpeter

Today we decided to go on a small trip to find some new species to add to our list. We first decided to go to Tidmarsh in Plymouth to see if we could find any new birds. We didn’t see much for a while except a few Robins and Crows. But after a while, we…

In Memoriam: The Great Black Hawk

The news of the death of Portland’s Great Black Hawk on Thursday, January 31, hit our family hard. This magnificent bird had flown, unintentionally, over a thousand miles beyond its range to brave a very different climate and ecosystem than the one it and its species are used to in the much warmer coastal regions…

The King Eider

I started off the day driving back from my friend’s house, and on the way home, we (Maura and Jackson), decided to stop by the Scituate Harbor Lighthouse to look for a Purple Sandpiper that was spotted there a few days ago. When we got there, we didn’t see anything rare as we hoped but…

The Search for Three Snows

Today we invited two of our friends to go birding with us. Once we had picked them up, we headed toward Plum Island to look for the three snows. The Snowy Owl, the Snow Goose, and the Snow Bunting. When we arrived we started our search. Jackson, Will, Amelia, and I all walked up the…

Seeing the Unseen

I have spent my entire life exploring nature — as a child losing himself in the woods to an adult searching for new terrains and ecosystems (sometimes still getting lost) — and have experienced so many miracles, small and large. Until recently, I believed myself reasonably aware of my seeable surroundings, being able to peer…

Great Black Hawk at Last

As we packed our bags for school, we discussed when we would go back to Portland (ME) to see the rare Great Black Hawk. Maura asked Jackson and I if we wanted to go tomorrow, but we had plans for that day. Then Jackson suggested going today, and sure enough, we did. It was a…

Not the Snowy We Were Looking For

Despite the winds whipping chills of almost zero degrees, we braved the dunes and sand of Sandy Neck Beach in Sandwich to find the elusive Snowy Owl. Bundled and leaning into the wind, we kept our eyes to the horizon, the tall grass, and the water, hoping to see a flash of white. Though no…

The Great Black Hawk Stakeout

After hearing about the many sightings of a very rare raptor, the Great Black Hawk (native to Central and South America), in Portland, Maine, we decided to go on a last-minute road trip. After a restless sleep in York, we wound our way toward Portland, stopping at a couple of good birding spots, including Rachel…

Birding Quiz

Which of these birds live year-round in Massachusetts? Great Sheerwater Northern Cardinal Crested Caracara Dovekie Which of these birds is not a raptor? Red-tailed Hawk Peregrine Falcon Common Nighthawk Bald Eagle What type of bird is an Evening Grosbeak? What species of bird is not native to New England? Eastern Bluebird Northern Gannet Sage Grouse…

Whooooo?

As I (Fiona) was heading upstairs to read before bed, I heard the distinctive “whoooooo” of an owl.   Jackson and I went into the backyard to get a better listen.  We wandered through the neighborhood with our headlamps and flashlights and were able to identify the Great Horned Owl by its call.  As it flew…