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River of Birds in the Sky

European turtle-doves are shot by the thousands annually in Greece. Did you know that an estimated 20 million birds are killed each year while migrating along the Mediterranean-Black Sea flyway? These birds are not dying of natural causes. Show More Summary

Things I Learned While Birding at Laguna del Lagarto, Costa Rica

Last weekend, I guided a trip to Laguna del Lagarto for the Birding Club of Costa Rica. Since all sorts...

Clay Taylor's banded Common Tern

Banded Common Terns, digiscoped by Clayton Taylor using a Swarovski Optik STX 95 spotting scope with a Panasonic LUMIX GH4 camera and the Swarovski TLS APO adapter Whenever I go to birding festivals, I look forward to running into Clay Taylor. Show More Summary

Heading to the Mountains of Orlando

Actually I’m now just south of Clermont, FL, in a park called Thousand Trails Orlando.  The WiFi service is unavailable at the site, so it’s been a bit between posts. The elevation here is about… More

Peace River Revisited

It’s the Peace River, but it’s a different park..this one in Wauchula.  And the River is flooding due to the heavy rains and storms we’ve had.  I’m here for two weeks..if my site doesn’t flood.… More

Mia is Not Impressed

I am really surprised how smoothly and quickly I’ve reverted back to the RV lifestyle.  Having a new vehicle is helping a lot…the first time I connected to power I couldn’t tell if I really… More

Snowbirds and Lettuce Lake

After a whirlwind move, and spending the first few days parked in my brother’s driveway while I repacked and sorted, I decided my first camp would be Lettuce Lake Travel Resort, near Arcadia.  The main… More

Stump Pass Beach State Park

  Stump Pass Beach State Park, located in Englewood Florida, ranks high as one of my all-time favorite spots in the Sunshine State.  There’s no camping..but for a day visit and a wild beach..it’s awesome. … More

New Year, New RV, New Life

I have a friend back in New Jersey that usually begins her phone calls to me with “so where are you living now?”  She says I’m never in the same place very long, and she… More

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of February 2016?

One of my favorite holidays of the year falls on this auspicious weekend. What are you more excited about: watching...

Prolonging Revenge Through Reincarnation: The Paintings of the Mincing Mockingbird, Volume III

Once upon a time, back in the heady, innocent days of 2014, I reviewed a book called The Mincing Mockingbird...

Great Backyard Bird Count

One of my favorite events of each winter is the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), held mid February of each year. The GBBC is a joint effort of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. It is a global event, with people in many countries sending information on the birds they see during their backyard count. Show More Summary

Bordered Patch Butterfly

The bordered patch is a butterfly found in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central and South America. They are usually food in habitat such as desert hills, pinyon or oak woodlands, thorn and mesquite scrub, road edges and agricultural fields. Show More Summary

Freeze-birding down the Danube

At the snowy Danube riverbank, we are waiting for geese to come to their roost inside the mostly submerged island....

9 Years in New Zealand

As I mentioned in passing last week, I’ve just passed nine years since I moved to the Land of the...

Winter warbler

This Yellow-rumped Warbler in Port Wing, Wisconsin, wasn't visiting a feeder in October 2014--I was smacking cluster flies in the window and tossing them out for her. On January 16, the day I flew to San Diego for a week of birding and...Show More Summary

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Photo by Lisa Johnson, Pupparazzi Companion Animal Photography At some point tomorrow, the racers in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will reach the finish line. The Beargrease, the longest running sled-dog race in the Lower 48, started in 1980, the year before Russ and I moved to Duluth. Show More Summary

Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

It’s time for some short book reviews. Well, short for me. All of these titles deal with birding in specific...

Birdchick Podcast #203 Weezer, Vultures and the ABA

This flamingo report popped in the news just after I left Florida. Also...I don't think this person knows what a "money shot" is. Weezer sold a crazy package of birding in the Galapagos. Join the American Birding Association and say we sent you. Show More Summary

Cattle Egrets Eating Herps at the Viera Wetlands

While I was at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in January I spent most of one afternoon taking...

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