Category Archive: United States

Idiot moments in birding

The path we were on was leading us to a pond where we would likely see some good wading birds—essentially anything in the heron family. It’s November and we were at the Key West… Continue reading

Business, birds, gators and drones. It’s all here.

I arrived at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island at night so it was dark and I had no idea what I was going to wake up to. This, guys. This is… Continue reading

Sanibel Island’s Bailey Tract is not a bad Plan B.

I totally needed something that was going to put me in a better mood, because I had just found out that the Ding Darling NWR was closed. And this was the only day… Continue reading

Listen to me: Always take the binoculars

I looked at the binoculars on the chair in my room and almost grabbed them. I don’t have room in my suitcase I thought. And when am I going to have time to look at… Continue reading

Just wait for the surprise to happen

A pail of white paint has spilled all over Antelope Island. With the exception of the main road that has been plowed, the whole island is pretty much colorless. Far away–about 500 meters–I… Continue reading

Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours

And may 2014 bring you great birding adventures whether it is in your backyard or abroad. This beautiful watercolor portrait of Steve and me was created by Clayton Thompson.

When birds make me complain-y

You travel hundreds–or even thousands–of miles, and no matter how long you wait for them, they turn their backs on you. They’ll sit there, looking the wrong direction, wondering when you’re going to… Continue reading

When buffalo look pretty

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to have Steve in town and so we headed up to Antelope Island State Park. The migrating birds have pretty much thinned out but the island is… Continue reading

Birding Saguaro National Park and our final bird count

It was the last day in Southeast Arizona and all weekend all I could think about was Saguaro National Park. We had been there before and I was eager to return. I love… Continue reading

Birding at Whitewater Draw in Arizona

Where is the water? If there’s going to be Sandhill Cranes there has to be water. Let’s be honest, Arizona is pretty dry. So when I heard some birders talking to Steve the day… Continue reading