Monday, October 29, 2012

Evening Grosbeak

Common to our north and west, this bird is quite uncommon in Maryland, with only a handful of records at best each year.

But, in anticipation of a major finch irruption this winter, we have already had 3 or 4 sightings this fall, including this very obliging bird at a feeder in Howard County. Many thanks to Russ Ruffing for being so obliging himself and allowing dozens of visitors to enjoy the bird.

Another view:

Kind of a fearsome big fella:

What cool headwear!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and birding

Hurricane Sandy could bring some very interesting birds to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions. eBird has a great explanation here.

Possibilities include Petrels, Frigatebirds and Carribean terns, to name a few.

Please remember: This could be a dangerous storm. SAFTEY FIRST!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

300 Birds!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A month of milestones!

He did it!  He did it before the clock struck 12 midnight on December 31!  

Bird 300?   Vesper Sparrow!

300 Maryland birds = accomplished.

I can't tell you how proud I am of Cute Husband's accomplishment.   He works insane hours, has a crazy commute, two sons and a demanding wife and he refused to give up.

All those early ups, miles on the car and discouraging dips paid off.

Good on you, Sugar!   So... what will be bird 301?

Monday, October 15, 2012

1,000 MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At some point around 11am today, Lisa and I finished walking our 1,000th mile on the Appalachian Trail. Princess will post soon on Birdcouple's AT blog. (Click that link up there!)

Not a huge number of birds in the mountains of southwest Virginia in mid-October, but we did have Eastern Screech-Owl (new AT bird!!), White- and Red-Breasted Nuthatches, Common Raven, Blue Jay and American Crow, Dark-Eyed Junco, White-Throated Sparrows, a possible Peregrine Falcon at dusk at Rice Field Shelter, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and ... well, that's about it, except for an unidentified Thrush species.

We've seen about 120 species of birds in our AT wanderings, everything from a Whip-Poor-Will calling at dusk in a campsite in the Shenendoah mountains to waterfowl on the big pond at Boiling Springs, PA.

Now we must dream trail dreams until the Appalachian Spring.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Guess who hit 298 this morning?

Yes!  You!

Warren's quest for 300 Maryland birds continues and the goal is within reach.  Cute Husband managed to nab 2 new birds in one day - Baird's Sandpiper (297!) and Nelson's Sparrow (298!).  A two-fer new bird day hasn't happened since spring migration.

Good job, my Love!  Now, some vagrants to capture slots 299 and 300...