A birding weekend with Mass Audubon reveals unique and beautiful birds at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where they also do bird banding. Along the way, we discover some large and endangered whales, make new birding friends and visit popular Cape Cod eateries... One of our first birds is *** a Northern Flicker We spot 3 … Continue reading Whales & Wildlife on Cape Cod
The Evening Grosbeaks
As I pull into the lengthy, snow-covered driveway in Jefferson, New Hampshire, David Govatski fills the suet feeder that hangs from the edge of the forest-lined path next to his home. He greets me and explains that visitors have been coming to his house almost everyday as of late to see the Evening Grosbeaks. Every … Continue reading The Evening Grosbeaks
The Birds of Cape May, Delaware and Maryland
A lot of cool birds fly through Cape May, New Jersey during migration in late September. From Vermont, it takes us almost eight hours to drive to Cape May and as we enter this historic resort town, a welcome center stands off to the right next to the highway. This is "Exit 0" off of … Continue reading The Birds of Cape May, Delaware and Maryland
Birds, Blueberries and the Bold Coast
The blueberry barrens of Columbia, Maine stretch out far and wide, and cover the land like a carpet. The area hosts a variety of inland bird species such as the Upland Sandpiper and Vesper Sparrow. The land is now owned by Wyman's, and is anything but barren. According to the company website, the blueberry fields … Continue reading Birds, Blueberries and the Bold Coast
Introduction to Sandpipers
Do you ever see Sandpipers running or flying on the beach and wonder what kind they are? There are actually many different species of Sandpiper. Learn how to easily identify them in this article! ******************************************************************************** The Sanderlings run down the sandy beach towards the ocean as soon as the waves retreat, searching for small crustaceans, … Continue reading Introduction to Sandpipers
High Seas and Harlequins
Two feet of snow still stand on my deck and long icicles hang from the roof's edge. They are rippled from the freeze and thaw cycle and they drip onto my deck one droplet at a time. There is plenty of winter wildlife, even after a snow storm. They call them Winter Birds. And this … Continue reading High Seas and Harlequins
My Search for the Snowy Owl.
For at least two years now, I have been hoping to see a Snowy Owl up close. The first time that my friend Wendy and I saw one, it was a very distant view into the field on Plum Island. I have made several trips out to Hampton to try and find this owl. This … Continue reading My Search for the Snowy Owl.
Birds and History on the New Hampshire Seacoast
Sauntering through the trails at Odiorne State Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is interesting because it is one of the hottest birding spots around and there is a rich cultural history here as well. Not only can one see a myriad of bird species during migration, but the physical landscape and monuments are testament to … Continue reading Birds and History on the New Hampshire Seacoast
The Birds of Cuba
Our Casa owner, Adrian, gesticulates excitedly in broken English. He then energetically drags Marietta and I to his back yard oasis. "Come... Come!" he says, as we follow him with exhaustion after a long day of traveling from Miami and then Havana. Bird Feeders hang from native trees and shrubs and a bird bath stands … Continue reading The Birds of Cuba
The Magic of Monhegan Island, Maine.
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 … Continue reading The Magic of Monhegan Island, Maine.