Chestnut-sided Warbler

The Magic Warbler Tree

I just had one of those magical experiences that only a birder can appreciate. This evening I went for a 5 mile jog around a Westport Island loop that I really enjoy (non-birding). About a mile from the car I notice a splash of orange at the top of tree which immediately made me think…

Painted Bunting

Birding in New Orleans

Last Thursday evening, Ingrid and I headed to Louisiana to watch our son Bradley receive his MBA at LSU.  We stayed in New Orleans and saw all the sights. We had brunch at Brennans; saw a dixie land band doing a wedding march on Bourbon Street; drank Hurricane’s a Pat O’Briens; and took a double-decker…

Warbling Vireo

Migration in Full Swing

After recent trips to Arizona and Chicago . . . it’s great to be home in Maine as spring migration is in full swing.  I’m up at first light (about 4:15 am) and birding until I should be at my desk (8:00). One of my favorite birds, the Warbling Vireo, are quite loud early in…

Common Yellowthroat

Second Wave of Warblers

Each Maine spring, the warblers seem to come in waves. The first wave is the the Palm, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Wave two is the Common Yellowthroats, Black-and-White and Yellow Warblers The next wave (#3) are the really fun birds: Cape May, Blackburnian, Canada Magnolia and Wilsons And finally when you start seeing Blackpoll Warblers…

Little Egret

I work with a fellow birder who happens to live outside of London, England.  Many a conference calls begin or end with Ethan and Steve exchanging bird stories. Today I was bragging to my British associate about the Little Egret I had seen early this morning. Steve related that they are bring seen in greater…

Grassland and Pine Barrens

The Captain William Fitzgerald Preserve in Maine is a Grassland and Pine Barren that used to be runway extension for the old Brunswick Naval Air-station.  I guess the idea was a plan undershooting (or over shooting the runway would land in this large empty field. When the base closed 10 years ago, the 66-acre parcel…

Cusp of Warbler Migration

While the cold and rain continues to depress us . . . we’re seeing more and more warblers . . . some in the most unusual locations. This weekend we had Yellow-rumps all over our bird feeders.  In 20 years of feeding birds at this house, we’ve never had Butter-butts but suddenly we had at…

Rain Rain Rain

Since Ingrid and I returned from Arizona it has rained . . . and rained . . . and rained.  The good news is some brief clearing tomorrow followed by rain through Sunday. Sigh. Still I managed to get a few birds over the last few days. A Pied Grebe in the fog (initially identified…

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