Tag Archive: bird watching

Birding high atop the canopy at Sacha Lodge

I was a little out of breath after climbing the metal stairs to the top of the 94-foot high tower. It was then when our guide Marcelo turned to us and asked, “You… Continue reading

It’s Elementary, my dear Hoatzin

Hoatzin. I just love saying it. You say it like it has a “W” in it. HWHATZIN! It’s odd looking. It makes a sound that reminded me of bagpipes filling up with air.… Continue reading

I held a hummingbird in my hand today

I held a hummingbird in my hand today. To hold such a tiny, beautiful creature was thrilling. It was as if time had stopped in my hand. There were over a hundred other… Continue reading

Snow birding it for a weekend in Arizona

Of course, we knew it wasn’t the best time of year to go birding in Southeast Arizona. That would be during Spring migration, natch. But this is what it looks like in Salt… Continue reading

Aloha to the Pacific Golden Plover

When you travel over 6000 miles non stop, of course you want your own patch of grass. Actually, you deserve it. This deserving avian wonder is the Pacific Golden Plover (or Hawai’ian Kolea)—a petite… Continue reading

This is how I ended up becoming a birder

When I was a little girl my mother gave me a sticker book for my birthday that was all about birds. I don’t remember much about it except the Chickadee. I learned that… Continue reading

Naked Germans and screaming monkeys make birding in Tikal exciting!

Well, the birds are exciting too. It’s just that I didn’t plan on the naked Germans in our hotel pool and the screaming spider monkeys that were terrified out of their minds while… Continue reading

A Warbler Conspiracy

It was April 2010 when Steve and I were canoeing down the Macal River in Belize and where I saw my first Prothonotary Warbler. Eric, our guide, excitedly pointed out the colorful yellow… Continue reading

Oh little birds, why must you hide from me?

I’m into my fourth year of true “birding” and it’s taken awhile for me to really understand what a “rare bird” is, aside from someone just saying, “this is a rare bird.” I… Continue reading

It’s nesting season for the birds.

When I stumble upon a bird’s nest I’m always fascinated by how it’s constructed. Today, in fact, when Steve and I were out running errands we saw loads of barn swallows building nests… Continue reading