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!