Monday, December 31, 2012

2012... One of the Best for BC!

2012 was full of so many BirdCouple highs it is hard to even believe it all happened in one year!

First, many thanks to you that read us and follow us exploring birds, the AT and all things in the natural world!

Unfortunately, Cute Husband and I found little time to feed the BC blog in 2012, so we so appreciate YOU  looking  for updates.

The most time consuming wonderful part of 2012, was Warren's Maryland Big Year.  He smashed his goal of 300 in the state and as of this writing, he stands at #8 in the state with 316!  It was great fun exporing odd corners of our state, doing multiple pelagics and meeting up with fellow birding friends in cold fields, wet marshes and humid forests.  We both learned so much and believe we have become better birders over the last 12 month.  We also met new friends along the way!



I'm not really talking about his Black Headed Gull, but what a January treat he was!

Cute Husband took me to romantic places - landfills, waste water treatment plants and buggy swamps.   And, I loved every minute!  I was with the most important person in my life and although the trip to Chicago was more comfortable, we weren't really searching for birds....

We shared Atlantic Puffins in Maine and other lifers when we celebrated Warren's birthday on the coast. 

On the hiking side of 2012, we finished 900 miles of the AT and then proceeded to walk another 100, busting the 1,000 mile marker!

Sigh, an amazing year with goals met and tons of fun had!
Happy New Year!  Can't wait to see what 2013 brings...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012!!!


To You and Yours.....



                                                                          ..... From the Birdcouple.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

We're not the only feederwatchers...




This juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk landed just outside the window one recent afternoon when Warren was typing away on the computer. Directly below that branch? Our new platform feeder.
 
 
 
Everybody had else had scattered. Titmice, juncos, Mourning Doves, chickadees and nuthatches - gone.
 
 
 
Can you blame them?
 
But as Lisa always says, the hawks have to eat, too.
 
 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

A crane in a driveway

 No, not that kind of crane. A Sandhill Crane!!! What it was doing in this dirveway in Huntingtown, Calvert County, Maryland, we dont exactly know, but there it was last Sunday when the Birdcouple went looking for it.
 
 
  Sorry for the lousy cellphone pictures - guess who forgot his big expensive camera!?
 
 
You can learn more about Cranes and how to save and proetct them at the International Crane Foundation website.
 
 
 



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sometimes....



 
Hairy Woodpecker
 
 
 
... it's easy to forget how our "common" birds can be strikingly beautiful. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

Ok, we got below freezing last night. 
Summer is still my favorite season...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Farewell November

November has a reputation for biringing the craziest, rarest, most surprising birds to our fair state, as late migration, crazy winds and young birds combine to shower us with near daily avian surprises. This November was not any exception, and Birdcouple ate it up.

We'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Snow Bunting, Thomas Point Park, Annapolis, MD, 11/10/2012:







Western Kingbird, Ocean City \Airport, 11/18/2012






Calliope Hummingbird, Tilghman Island, 11/18/2012:





And finally, this very late Black-and-White Warbler, near Havre de Grace, Maryland, 11/25/2012: