Welcome to the ongoing quest to photograph 700 or more ABA countable North American bird species. Of the 753 total species of birds possible to see in North America currently published to this site, the number of ABA “countable” species presently stands at:
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Hammonasset Fall Shorebirds
9/4: First week of September is usually good for migrating shorebirds at Hammonasset SP, today including an American Golden Plover and a pair of Buff-breasted Sandpipers.
August 21: How many people are fortunate enough to have a total solar eclipse pass directly over their house? On August 19 Nancy and I flew from Hartford to Greenville, South Carolina to visit lifelong dear friends Ruth and Bill Culp in Simpsonville – right on the path of the “Great American Eclipse of 2017.”
The weather forecast looked iffy when we left home, but in the end Mother Nature cooperated and eclipse day turned out to be 93 degrees with a nearly cloudless blue sky ideal for optimal viewing.
There is nothing as spectacular in nature even close to a total solar eclipse and everyone should make it a point to try to see one at least once in their lifetime – even if it entails air travel. We experienced our first one in Aruba in 1998. Next opportunity in North America will be in April, 2024.
Here is the gallery of eclipse images. Totality duration was two minutes and ten seconds. All images were taken at ISO 200 and F9, with different shutter speeds to bring out the different features.read more »
August 14: Today we finally add the first new species in over a year – a Little Stint that was first astutely discovered on August 9 on the mudflats at Monomoy NWR in Chatham, Massachusetts, and a successful reward for today’s six-hour round trip from Westbrook, CT to Cape Cod. This small Eurasian sandpiper occurs only rarely in North America and accordingly has already attracted many out of state visitors hoping for a view. It is keeping company with a mixed flock of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, but with a spotting scope is not too difficult to pick out owing to the combination of its crisp dark golden-orange plumage, black legs, and slightly smaller size.read more »
May 30: The Circle Beach boat ramp road on the Madison – Guilford line is a go to spot for Saltmarsh Sparrows and (if you are lucky) Seaside Sparrows as well. I didn’t find any Seaside Sparrows today, but a Clapper Rail called loudly from the roadside tall grass, then walked across the road, and remained in the open for several minutes, calling all the while. Best view I’ve ever had of this species.read more »
May 23: This time of year at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, CT one can usually hear the “fitz-bew” call of Willow Flycatchers, but today I was surprised to hear instead the “free-beer” of an Alder Flycatcher, an uncommon species for this location. The Willard Island Trail always has multiple Yellow Warblers, and today there was a straggler singing Magnolia Warbler keeping company with one of the Yellows.read more »
December 6: Back in Florida. My sister-in-law called this morning to say there was an owl in her yard here in Boynton Beach, so naturally I said I’d be right over. Turns out there was not just one owl, but a pair of Eastern Screech-Owls roosting quietly in plain view less than fifteen feet up in the shade of an areca palm tree.
Eastern Screech-Owls are common in Florida, but not often noticed. If you sometimes feel like you are being watched, look around – you may well lock eyes with an owl. A few years ago I found one sitting on my mail box at dusk as I was pulling into the driveway.read more »