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…

Go For It?

Over three months and 162 birds ago, I dreamed of ending our Family Big Year in dramatic fashion: dashing to Colorado, or some other unpredictable location, to find the namesake of our blog, the Pink-Footed Goose. We would be hiking through a snowstorm, exhausted and near giving up, edging closer to the lip of ridge….

Along the Florida Birding Trail

We started off the day driving from Naples heading to the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park. But before we left, we saw a Eurasian-collared Dove on a wire outside our hotel. While driving along the highway, we saw a few egrets in marshes along the side of the road. We kept looking for new…

Common Gallinules on the Pipeline

Thursday, March 14 It was the fourth day of our trip to LA, MS, AL, and FL. We were on our way to Jackson, MS, and we had decided to stop by the Ross Barnett Reservoir. There had been recent spottings of Common Gallinules there and we wanted to check it out. A dirt road…

From Sea to Bayou

Despite the cold breeze that already existed before our airport ferry rushed into the open Boston Harbor, the four of us decided to brave the elements and sit out on the deck to get an early start on birding. It would be in stark contrast to the warm weather and semi-tropical travels we would soon…

The Island of Whistling Ducks

Tuesday, March 12 We started off following the song of a Blue Jay hoping that it was an exotic bird. It was a little frustrating, knowing we were looking for it for about 10 minutes. We felt that this was a sign that the Audubon Park, in New Orleans, was worthless for our birding big…

Purple Gallinule Dreaming…

While we haven’t been posting much the past few weeks, having been sidetracked with the flu, school plays, and shoveling snow, birds have still been on our minds. Jackson is applying to a summer program with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Fiona developed a Seabird Identification App for a Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary service…

Birding — Flu Edition

The flu hit Jackson right as he was getting ready for 3 nights in New York with his classmates for Montessori Model United Nations. Jackson went last year and was as invigorated by the MMUN committee meetings as spending time with friends traveling to, from and around the city. As a cold and cough turned…

The Birding Valentine

Valentine’s Day slipped by this year in the mist of weeklong sickness and busy schedules. But as the weekend sun rose, so did we, tired and maybe a little grumpy. If we could at least get an hour in, we would be happy. Still, moving away from those warm blankets was hard. Still, as always…

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…