(Part of) 2019 in Birds

Well, it took a pandemic and a closure of my college...but I am finally catching up on photo editing and looking back on 2019. I realize that we are over 2 full months into a new year and a new decade, but I am not quite ready to leave 2019 in the history books. And,... Continue Reading →

Birds Not Borders

I can't quite remember when I was first realized that I absolutely needed to visit the Rio Grande Valley, but the seed was planted some time ago. The reputation of this region's birds and birding locations is iconic. Admittedly, the Brownsville Dump scene from "The Big Year" also planted a seed ("ketchup- potato chips?")! As... Continue Reading →

A Calgary Big Day

Six weeks, 6143 miles, 243 species of birds, 26 lifers.....and only ONE blog post! And, yes, I realize that it is now October...but I am not going to let any of that stop me from sharing some of the most memorable experiences from what was an epic summer trip. I think the ship has sailed... Continue Reading →

In And Out of My 5MR

I first learned about the concept of 5MR birding from Emma at Flying South; in one of the first blog posts of hers that I discovered, she mentioned this idea of focusing her birding efforts within a 5-mile radius of her home. I was traveling very far from my home 5-mile radius at the time... Continue Reading →

A Very Birdy Year

My goodness, it has been awhile since I have written a blog post! Excuses, excuses, excuses....but no sooner was I back to birding (with a Varied Thrush) than I was sidelined again! A shoulder surgery had me down and out for quite some time; by the end of the first month post-surgery I was managing... Continue Reading →

Back to Birding with a Varied Thrush

After months of wandering and exploring, I returned to work with a major deadline looming over my head. Completion of my sabbatical project required that I chain myself to my desk, log a ridiculous number of hours in front of a computer screen and, most importantly, ignore bird reports. I logged out of eBird and... Continue Reading →

Looking for Grace, and Goshawks

"In real life, Goshawks resemble Sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail. You might spend a week in a forest full of gosses and never see one, just traces of their presence.... Continue Reading →

Wild Geese

I have been "on the road", in one form or another, for almost 7 months. I am not quite ready to reflect on all of this, as my heart and mind slowly begin to prepare to transition to "home". But, I will say this....it has been amazing, awe-inspiring, and exhilarating, relaxing and wondrous, grand, breathtaking,... Continue Reading →

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