Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Check out Dan Haas's blog, Nervous Birds for some delightful Peregrine pictures and the life history of our own Annapolis bird.
Warren and I kayaked out and tried (unsuccessfully) all summer to get a glimpse of the pair that hung around the Severn River Bridge, so its nice to learn her life story.
And, nice to hope for nesting success next year!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
First and foremost, Lisa just snagged us The Sibley Guide to Trees. It's amazing. Guess what she's been doing on Saturday morning?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
As Lisa blogged last week, we were lucky enough last weekend to participate in a Big Sit at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and, after that was over, take a peek at the entries for the 2010-2011 federal "duck stamp." As readers of Bircouple.com all know, the stamp, required for waterfowl hunters, helps purchase and preserve thousands of acres of habitat in NWRs..
While we were away, Paul Baicich kept us updated on the Duck Stamp art contest, from his computer straight to Warren's BlackBerry. Without further ado, the winner is:
... This beautiful American Wigeon by Robert Bealle of Waldorf, Maryland. Robert came in 2nd in the contest -- 26 years ago -- and has been trying again ever since. We love this image (can't wait to buy our stamp) and are very proud that the prize went to a local boy. Paul also passed on this story from the Baltimore Sun.
Congrats Robert. The rest of you ... BUY THAT STAMP! :)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Our group included 3 families who home schooled their children and were using the Big Sit as a learning experience.Love that!
Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selects 5 species, any one of which can be painted.
Wood Ducks were popular choices....
I love the leaf in the water and the way the way the Gadwall's eye kind of follows you...
Two very traditional looking entries....
Saturday, October 10, 2009
He came across this oh-so-true sentence early in the book:
To the ornithologist, no corner of the earth is dull, no season is without its compensations.
One of the things that we like about birding (besides the fact that it's calorie-free, legal and just plain fun), is that you can do it anywhere. Well, just about anywhere. And even if you have just a few spare moments on your hands in some unexpected corner of the planet.
Birdcouple's been on the move a fair bit lately. Warren was up in New York in late September for the annual United Nations meetings, and then he met the Princess at Trenton, N.J., train station, where BC headed for the Appalachian Trail and a lovely, if wet, two-day hike. Then it was back to Annapolis and, unexpectedly, Warren was off to Geneva to cover some high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
Yes, he packed his bins and 35-year-old Hamlyn Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe. Yes, he took a lovely 90-minute walk around the shore of Lake Geneva early one morning. Yes, he saw a lot of birds, all common Eurasian species. And yes, there were two lifers: Great-Crested Grebe and Carrion Crow.
Driving to the grocery store, taking the Metro to work, looking out your back window, grabbing a few spare minutes in a far-off city - birding, you can do it anywhere.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This odd-looking goose jumped out at both Lisa and I as we surveyed a flock of Canada Geese at the Crownsville Waste-Water Treatment Plant on Sunday morn.
It's obviously a Canada Goose hybridized with something else. Question is, is it a Canada Goose x Greater White_Fronted Goose or Canada Goose x Greylag (Domestic) Goose?
Thoughts, opinions welcome!
P.S. - Given this bird's size, the emerging consensus seems to be that it is a Canada x Greylag hybrid. Thanks to all!