Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!



A Happy New Year ( and lots of good birds in 2012) from the Birdcouple!

(Thanks to young Adam for taking this pic of our new Audubon calender).

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Birding around the Chrismas Tree..


You gotta love a bird in boots...
 Male Sparkly Bird.

 And, Female Sparkly Bird.
 Other ornaments with wings...


 After gorging on cookies, I feel like you, Plump Bird.


These guys always make me feel a little voyeuristic


Happy Holidays from the BirdCouple!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What next? An Elegant Trogon in Annapolis?



It feels like rarities are fallling out of the sky in  Maryland this month, Actually, they are! There has been a Calliope Hummingbird in Easton (see our recent post!), a LeConte's Sparrow in Harford County, a Barrow's Goldeneye in St. Mary's County and a very rare wintering Black-Headed Gull. The gull is hanging out in a Best Buy parking lot at some mall north of Baltimore.

Yes, you read that right.




This is the first Black-Headed Grosbeak that has been seen in Maryland (at least in terms of accepted record) since 1969.

You read that right, too.

It suddenly appeared today at a feeder in Denton, on Maryland's eastern shore. And Warren happened to have today off!

What's next? A Western Tanager at OUR feeder? An Elegant Trogon at the statehouse in Annapolis?

To quote Roger Tory Peterson: "Birds have wings ... and they use them."


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Where did the year go...?

Hard to believe it is two weeks until Christmas and soon we'll be staring 2012 right in the face! It's been a heck of a year (they ALL are for Birdcouple) and we intend to "ride it like we stole it" right up until New Year's Eve.

Lisa is getting that crazy Christmas excitement she gets every year. She's busting out with anticipation.

Warren's Maryland Mini-Big Year has netted him 283 species so far in 2011. He's dipped twice on the nearby LeConte's Sparrow (Lisa saw it on our first attempt last weekend, while W and our good buddy Paul Baicich weren't so lucky).

Here's some of our recent hijinx, starting with a lovely Calliope Hummingbird that's been hanging out in Easton, Maryland since October:







    Last night, the full moon rose in the woods behind the Lovenest, as we watched Navy beat Army (yay). Lisa insisted I go outside and see it, and I grabbed a few snaps:








   Finally, for your reading pleasure, here's a short vignette from the New Yorker about former Treasury Secretary (and big-time birder) Hank Paulson on birding, banks and bailouts.
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Santa Loves Annapolis!

I think he came early to do some bird watching with us!

Monday, November 28, 2011

BirdCouple is 5 Years OLD!

Warren and I are so proud of our little blog child and are stunned that five years have passed since the creation.  BC has not only been a great learning and sharing experience, but it has also been a wonderful diary of adventures and new friends.

We met Peter Kaestner in 2006.



And went and visited him and his lovely family in India in 2009.





We met Paul Baicich in 2006 and he opened our minds to birding conservation.


In 2007, my Dad taught me everything he knew about beekeeping. 


In 2009, I said goodbye to him for the final time...

In 2007, David Sibley commented on the "mystery bird" that found his way to our feeder...


As the years went by, so did many cameras (and one computer) that proved themselves unworthy of BirdCouple magic.   We introduced BC to Twitter and Facebook.

 

Cute Husband and I celebrate each New Year's Day counting all the common birds as new "ticks" for the year and then we spend a weekend every February at the Ocean City Maryland Inlet... freezing and remembering the anniversary of the day we met.


Warren traveled to Iran Afghanistan , Indonesia and Iraq for journalist work and a little birding -as safety permitted.

 

Our boys grew up and became men...and gentlemen!



 We hiked 500+ miles on the Appalachian Trail, noting loads of birds as we walked.


We also took note of all the other cool things planet Earth has to offer...



















We traveled to India, Namibia, Arizona, North Dakota, Florida, Oregon and Hawaii in search of birds and more birds....

And, sure we have our occasional love spats, but the best part of the last five years has been sharing and celebrating  it all with the love of my life, my best friend.

 


 Here's to another 5 + 45 years of pure fun and love! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So, that is why they call it Paradise...


YES!   Aloha!

Cute Husband was locked in editing for APEC in Hawaii for a week and I decided to migrate in and play with him after a week of sun and fun.

 In fact, I was doing the running man to get him!
 Nothing in Oahu would be complete without a day of snorkeling in Hanauma Bay Park...

 Or a trip up to the top of Diamond Head.



 How can the sky be so blue?

 Hi Honolulu!
 Why I refer to him as Cute Husband...
 And of course  BIRDING!
 We managed to tick off the majority of non-native species such as these Red Crested Cardinals.  Beautiful, but not native to the island.  Along with a Northern Cardinal, who really does not belong in HI.   Along with Java Sparrows, White Rumped Shamas, Red-billed Leothrix, Japanese White-eyes, Yellow- fronted canaries, Common Waxbills and Bulbuls of different varieties.  All beautiful birds, but not native to the island.
 We checked out the Lyon Arboretum twice in hopes of meeting some true Hawaii natives.

Sigh.

We hung out in the native Hawaiian plant garden and managed to get a quick glance of an Akekee, but the plants, mammals, people and birds who visit Hawaii seem to enjoy it so much, they never leave and sometimes push out the natives....


We drove to the North Shore and see... it is paradise....

Turtles loved my Love.  Warren managed to snorkel with them...

Right after I left to warm up...

And, then the wanted to hop up on his paddle board to be near him....



But, Beware!   There are many dangers in Paradise!




But, BirdCouple laughs at danger!


Really, how can a place be so beautiful?

Warren birds the last of the day...

Maybe a monthly visit to the Islands?  
We could do bird research!