Monday, March 26, 2012

Yup... It is right behind that green tree..

Check out this classic ....Shit that Birders Say for your Monday laugh....!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Early arrivals

This is a first-year Northern Gannet, which dropped into the ocean just 20 yards or so off our boat, the Morningstar, as we cruised the Atlantic Ocean off Maryland on Saturday looking for pelagic birds. It was an amazing trip, we had 7 Northern Fulmars, some quite near the boat, and an incredible 112 Manx Shearwaters, which blew the previous state record of 18 in a day away!!!!

Back on land, the record-high warm weather has brought still other records: the earliest recorded arrivals of many migrant songbirds, birds like Yellow-Throated Warbler and Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher that aren't supposed to be here for another 7 to 10 days.

Here are some more pix from our trip.

A Bonaparte's Gull:

One of three Lesser Black-Backed Gulls that shadowed the boat, after the chum we set out:

A pair of Razorbills:

An adult Gannet goes for a drink ... or a fish?

Herring Gull:

I love you, Sweet 'Tater

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Halfway There! (Big Year update)

Dan Haas, Kye Jenkins and Warren had a very uncommon LeConte's Sparrow this morning at Irvine Nature Center outside Baltimore. A wonderful sanctuary that has been super generous in keeping its gates open early for birders to see this little gem.

The Le Conte's, which is one handsome little sparrow, was Warren's 150th bird of 2012 in the great state of Maryland. Half way to his goal of a 300-species year.

Princess Lisa has made it all possible.

I think I can, I think I can...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Do Bald Eagles Swim?

This one does!  And, apparently he prefers the Butterfly stroke.

Check out this Baton Rouge bird as he tries to make a meal out of a dead nutria.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

They are on the Way...


Interested in if there are any sightings in your area?  Check out Osprey-Watch, a project to engage a global community to collect data on breeding ospreys.

The project was launched by the Center for Conservation Biology and is intended to collect information on a large enough scale to be useful in addressing three of the most pressing issues facing aquatic ecosystems: global climate change, depletion of fish stocks, and environmental contaminants.

Osprey watch allows observers to map nests, log observations, upload photos, and interact with other Osprey lovers.

Guess who else is on the way? 

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds!

The first reports of these little jewels making their way across the Gulf of Mexico can be found here.  Visit to report your first sighting!

Oh, I'm getting so excited!  Spring migration - bring it!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cool new Mid Atlantic Nature Blog

Hi all. We're just back from a trip to see son Adam down in Blacksburg, Virginia, which included a lovely 10-mile hike. The highlight was a steep climb up to Angel's Rest. You can get your own sense of the view from Angel's Rest, which looks over Pearisburg, Va., by clicking on the video above.

Back at home, we've been meaning to put in a plug here for a cool new blog written by our birding colleague Jim Brighton. The Mid Atlantic Nature blog focuses on the nature of the Mid Atlantic region, and Jim's latest posts have great info about what birds and other fauna one can expect to see at Ocean City (Maryland) inlet, Assateague Island and environs.  Check it out!