Monday, August 27, 2012

Here's the Payoff for Loads of Birding...

My Guy is number 8 in the state!

And, if you cast your eyes to the bottom of the page.... I appear!

We had the most amazing pelagic experience this weekend, including a first ever Maryland record of a Heralds Storm Petrel.    More to follow with pictures!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Pledge to Fledge - August 24-26, 2012

We call it "passing the glass" - sharing the joy of birding with others, especially young folks.  Pledge2Fledge is even neater.

So do something this weekend to get a non-birder interested in birds, nature and the outdoors. You can start here.

- BC

Sunday, August 19, 2012

White Ibis!

   Princess and I most often go chasing after good or rare birds spotted by others. Today was different. We were driving across Tanyard Marsh in Caroline County on Maryland's Eastern Shore when I spotted a large shorebird feeding on the other side of the road -- too large to be a Yellowlegs or a Dowitcher. We pulled over to the side, did a quick U-turn and got on the bird.

  As we approached, it has the "gizz" of an Ibis. On closer inspection, it was a White Ibis, a bird that is only seen half-dozen times at most in Maryland, usually this time of year. Better yet, it was the first-ever record of this species in Caroline County.

  Wahoo! Birdcouple rocks.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy, happy birthday AT

Happy 75th Birthday to the Appalachian Trail! The world's best-known and longest marked footpath was completed on August 14, 1937.

We're proud to be members of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and to have hiked 935 miles of those white blazes. Can't wait to get back out there.

More on BC's AT adventures here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hope for Avoiding Glass Collisions?

NPR has a two part series here on work being done by the American Bird Conservancy (BirdCouple loves the ABC!) to test different glass for building construction to help mitigate the 100 million birds who die each year from glass collides.

Europe has led the way in glass testing, so it is nice to hear that ABC is following suit.   And, super nice to hear NPR do a story on the impact of glass collides on birds.  Give it a listen...