Are There “No Birds Out There?” – A Day on a Christmas Bird Count as a Case Study.

Originally posted on Maine Birding Field Notes:
It was a record year for Evening Grosbeaks in our CBC territory. On Sunday, December 30th, Erin Walter joined me for the Freeport-Brunswick Christmas Bird Count (CBC). My annual territory covers most of Freeport west of I-295, with a small bite of Yarmouth, a sliver of Pownal, and a corner of Durham. It’s suburban and ex-urban, almost exclusively… Continue reading Are There “No Birds Out There?” – A Day on a Christmas Bird Count as a Case Study.

2019 Maine Birds Predictions Blog

Originally posted on Maine Birding Field Notes:
Great friggin’ Black Hawk. In Maine. Nope, not on my predictions list. And not in a city. And not eating squirrels. And not in the snow… Yup, it’s that time of year again. Hey, remember when we couldn’t wait for 2017 to end? And then 2018 happened? Yeah, well…come on 2019 – we need you! But 2018 did… Continue reading 2019 Maine Birds Predictions Blog

2019 Birds on Tap – Roadtrip! Series

Originally posted on Maine Birding Field Notes:
Freeport Wild Bird Supply and The Maine Brew Bus are excited to collaborate on ten great outings for 2019 in our popular “Birds on Tap – Roadtrip! series. The unique, relaxed birding and beer-ing adventures that you have come to love combine great local birding at seasonal hotspots with visits to sample the delicious creations of some of… Continue reading 2019 Birds on Tap – Roadtrip! Series

American wigeon also known by name ‘baldpate’

Originally posted on Our Fine Feathered Friends:
Photo by Tim McCabe/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service • This male American wigeon shows the white head patch that gives this duck its other common name of “baldpate.” In this photograph, a female wigeon rests near her mate while a male redhead, a species of diving duck, swims in the background. This duck nests in season wetlands in… Continue reading American wigeon also known by name ‘baldpate’

My Eyes Always Come Out Red In Photos

Originally posted on Through Open Lens:
F/ 6.3, 1/640, ISO 200. Canvasback “Doctor, doctor, my wife thinks she’s a duck.” “You better bring her in to see me straight away.” “I can’t do that – she’s already flown south for the winter.” ? Interesting Fact: The species name of the Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, comes from Vallisneria americana, or wild celery, whose winter buds and rhizomes… Continue reading My Eyes Always Come Out Red In Photos

Early March Garden Update – Transforming an Olive

Originally posted on artsofjc:
Normally, I wait a few more months to tackle major olive work. I wait until evening temperatures are steady above 50 degrees. This year’s weather has been a bit bazaar and I have movement in most species that I would not expect including my olives. I have a had a client olive hanging out on my deck for a few weeks… Continue reading Early March Garden Update – Transforming an Olive