Raptor Wednesday

Originally posted on Backyard and Beyond:
It snowed on Saturday. Twice. In between, I happened to be watching several squirrels capering across the park from my window. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught something fly at a bush and then away, turning up to a tree limb. Several squirrels made a racket up there before retreating. It was a young Cooper’s hawk.… Continue reading Raptor Wednesday

Winter Birds of Martha’s Vineyard

Originally posted on birds fly free:
Known as the playground of the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard is jam-packed with visitors each summer. Traffic and parking can be problematic. Every July, the population on the island peaks at around 125,000, but in winter, the number of year-round residents dwindles to 15,000. This is why our Mass Audubon group heads out in mid-January to birdwatch on… Continue reading Winter Birds of Martha’s Vineyard

The Magic of Monhegan Island, Maine.

Originally posted on birds fly free:
In the early morning hours of Friday, September 13th, our Ipswich River Audubon group scrambled into the vans with coffee in hand. It was (yawn) 5:30 a.m. and the sun had not yet risen. The only unlucky thing about that Friday the 13th was that I spilled Latte all over the van’s cup holders, and then had to clean… Continue reading The Magic of Monhegan Island, Maine.

Springtime on the New Hampshire Seacoast

Originally posted on birds fly free:
The odyssey begins in March, on my way to the Seacoast. The last time a Trumpeter Swan was seen in New Hampshire was way back in the 1700s, before most of them were all but exterminated from North America, which occurred between the 1600 and 1800s. They were hunted for meat, skins that were used in powder puffs and… Continue reading Springtime on the New Hampshire Seacoast

Spring Birding on the North Shore

Originally posted on birds fly free:
This spring, I visited several wildlife sanctuaries on the North Shore of Massachusetts looking for migrating spring birds. I have only been birding for 2-3 years, but it is such a fun hobby and honestly, I’m kind of obsessed with it. You can see and experience many species right here in your own back yard. It is a wonderful… Continue reading Spring Birding on the North Shore

Return of Bird of the Week: Great Black Hawk

Originally posted on Wickersham's Conscience:
It’s black. It’s big. It’s a hawk. Therefore, it’s a Great Black Hawk. Another complete failure of imagination by the folks who name birds. Great Black Hawk, Madre de Dios River, Peru With a wing span of well over a 3.5 feet and a body length of more than two feet, this is a large raptor. The long, bright… Continue reading Return of Bird of the Week: Great Black Hawk

Birding O’ahu: The Introduced Songbirds

Originally posted on Wickersham's Conscience:
Many of O’ahu’s native bird species are gone. The Polynesians and westerners brought in too many invaders: pigs, rats, mongoose, cattle, goats, chicken and, worst of all, avian malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Island ecologies are notoriously fragile. and the Hawai’ian Islands proved to be no different. Today, native bird species, especially O’ahu’s amazing songbirds, are mostly gone. Invasive species dominate the… Continue reading Birding O’ahu: The Introduced Songbirds