Saturday, September 28, 2013

Farewell (for now) shorebirds and herons


For the last 6 weeks, we have been enjoying the annual spectacle of sandpipers, stilts, dowitchers, herons, egrets and more making their annual southward - OK, homeward - migration. A few are still making their way through, but it is almost October now, and soon the waterfowl and sparrows will be with us.

A brief look back:

 
Least Sandpiper
 
 
 
 Semipalmated Sandpiper
 
 
 
 
Immature Little Blue Heron and Great Egret
 
 
 
Solitary Sandpiper
 
 
Now it is time for Birdcouple to do our fall hike on the Appalachian Trail. No shorebirds there. Well ... you never know!

 
 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Ebird function we've all been waiting for!!!!!



Hotspot happiness. eBird has just released a new function that allows you to remotely visit your favorite birding hotspots - or a new one you want to check out - and see all the species that have been seen there recently. Or this year. Or in prior years. 

It also shows you when a given species was last seen at the site; the top birders for each hotspot, and who among your birding friends has been visiting recently.

Here's a link with more info..

And here's an example of how it works, using the Cape May, NJ, Hawk Watch platform as an example:



Birdcouple is going to be using this a lot, as is, we expect the entire eBirding community.

We love Hotspots. Like Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge:






Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bluebirds for Hump Day

Our pals down the road, Vencka and Louis, have been trying for years to create a home for Bluebirds in their yard.   After several years and with many house hunting birds checking out the boxes and moving along, 2013 was finally the year for a family to settle in.



And, Vencka is like a proud Momma giving out cigars celebrating!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall migration is upon us


Yes, it's that time of year on the East Coast, with warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes and grosbeaks flooding back through, on their way south after (we hope) a successful breeding season.

These birds can be confusing to identify sometimes, scruffy looking juveniles and warblers in fall colors that look nothing like what they looked like when we saw them a few short months ago in May.

There's no mistaking this male Baltimore Oriole, however. Warren found him on a walkabout at Milford Mill Park in ... Baltimore.

To celebrate the change of seasons, Birdcouple has spruced up the blog a bit. Scroll down the right-hand bar, and you will see a new Public Service Announcement for the Duck Stamp, as well as an "Eye in the Sky" award conferred upon us by the good folks at Perky Pet birdfeeders. They liked Warren's shot of a rare Maryland Swallow-Tailed Kite.

Happy September, and good birding out there.

- Birdcouple

Monday, September 2, 2013

Discover BirdNote!


Birding buddy and conservationist extraordinaire Paul Baicich was over to the LoveNest for dinner the other night and told us all about BirdNote, a  daily, two-minute radio show (and podcast and Internet feed) about birds that comes out of Seattle and airs on about 200 public radio stations nationwide.

The sections are short, informational and packed with bird sound, courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

We have added the widget to the Birdcouple site (down there on the right-hand bar), so you can listen right here. Or go directly to their website at birdnote.org. There are great bird photos along with the lovely sounds!