Tag Archive: Birding

Choices, warnings and surprises: All in a day of birding

I wasn’t expecting the Eastern Phoebe, but there he was, a juvenile, swooping for insects and returning to his same branch.

What hummingbird banding teaches us

“Hummingbirds are the gateway drug to birding,” Sheri said. She then grabs a straw and puts it in her mouth and begins to blow lightly on the underside of a hummingbird and I see that her breath opens up the feathers, revealing a light, pink tummy.

Where there’s 350,000+ Purple Martins there’s a party

First there were about 50 birds up in the sky circling overhead. Then another group came in—this time a hundred or so. It was still pretty light outside. Then bigger groups of Purple… Continue reading

Nighthawks, Dickcissels and Boat-tailed Grackles at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Nighthawks have been a new bird for me here in Texas. I’ve heard them and seen them overhead as they come out at sunset when I’d leave the grocery store, but I never got a good look at one until this day at Anahuac where we saw around 25.

Great Egret and her chicks: Learning to eat takes practice

Eating takes practice, especially when you have a long beak and your food is being passed to you by another even longer beak.

The Roseate Spoonbill Project

I turned to the open water that revealed hundreds of egrets, herons and Roseate Spoonbills, perched, sitting on nests, flying in, flying out, stretching their wings, squabbling over space on a branch, preening, snoozing, or just looking pretty. 

When momma calls it’s time for some crawdads

When the adult was nowhere in sight I heard its hen-like kek-kek-kek. She was calling her chicks who popped their heads up to see where she was.

There’s a lot going on

The trees were dripping with egrets and roseate spoonbills and though a soggy day, it meant very few birders were at the rookery.

Leave no stone unturned

The Everglades get all the press. Most folks will turn the direction toward the Everglades off the Florida Turnpike, yet just outside the town of Homestead if you turn the opposite direction you’ll land… Continue reading

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