Welcome to Birdspix.com!

Welcome to the ongoing quest to photograph 700 or more ABA countable North American bird species. Of the 741 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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Common Shelduck in Meriden

Common Shelduck11/25:  A solitary Common Shelduck is currently hanging out on Hanover Pond in Meriden, CT. It can be anywhere on the pond but on occasion has flown in to within 30 feet of the parking lot. This is a Eurasian species, extremely rare in North America, but the provenance of this bird is unknown so we will not be counting this as an ABA species for the time being, although that could possibly change.

Common Shelduck in Meriden

Common Shelduck11/25:  A solitary Common Shelduck is currently hanging out on Hanover Pond in Meriden, CT. It can be anywhere on the pond but on occasion has flown in to within 30 feet of the parking lot. This is a Eurasian species, extremely rare in North America, but the provenance of this bird is unknown so we will not be counting this as an ABA species for the time being, although that could possibly change.

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Pink-footed Goose in Connecticut

Pink-footed Goose11/22/15:  Late in the afternoon of 11/20, a rare Pink-footed Goose was discovered amongst a large flock of Canada Geese on the large pond at Fisher Meadows in Avon, Connecticut. A large contingent of hopeful birders (myself included) descended on the spot early the next morning but the goose wasn’t to be seen again all that day. Tina Green relocated it this morning in a flock of several hundred Canada Geese on the pond at Winding Trails not far away in neighboring Farmington, at the very spot I myself had checked the previous afternoon with not a bird in sight. After offering a splendid two-hourPink-footed Goose viewing and photo opportunity enjoyed by many of the same group that had been at Fisher Meadows the day before, the entire flock was spooked by two people in a canoe and took off en masse, separating into smaller groups that headed in different directions. Interestingly, the Pink-footed Goose was found again a short time later back at Fisher Meadows where it had been originally seen. This is another new ABA photo species (no. 708) for Birdspix.com.

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Variegated Flycatcher in Fort Lauderdale

Variegated FlycatcherOctober 31:  On October 24 an ABA 5 Variegated Flycatcher was discovered at good old Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, FL by Russ Titus, one of south Florida’s birders extraordinaire. Word spread fast and overVariegated Flycatcher the course of a week the bird not surprisingly drew enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada. While the species is common in South America, this was only the sixth documented sighting of this species in North America – a rare visitor indeed.

I was in Connecticut at the time the bird was discovered, but by coincidence happened to have some business to attend to in Boynton Beach on November 2, so I flew into Fort Lauderdale on October 31 and headed right for Evergreen Cemetery, which is only fifteen minutes from the airport. The bird was easily seen by various observers all afternoon, most often in one or the other of the two large ficus trees it favored, but by the very next day it was gone. Variegated Flycatcher represents the first new ABA species for this web site since the Colorado chickens trip this past April.

Nanday ParakeetOn November 3 around 5 PM I happened to spot a flock of some two dozen Nanday Parakeets on the west side of Lyons Road in Delray Beach about three hundred yards south of Atlantic Avenue in exactly the same spot where I saw some in May of 2012 at 5:30 PM. For out of staters looking for this species, this may be a good spot to stake out around this time of day.


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More Hammonasset Sparrows

Vesper SparrowField SparrowOctober 27:  Today a Vesper Sparrow to go along with Field Sparrow and the rest of the usual cast of characters around the Meigs Point nature center.

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Sparrow time in Connecticut

Clay-colored SparrowOctober 23:  Here in Connecticut when a majority of the other passerines have departed, the sparrows arrive. Along many woodland edges one can depend on flocks including any or all of Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-throated, White-crowned, Chipping, Field, Dark-eyed Junco, and before too long also American Tree Sparrow. Less common in the east are Vesper, Lincoln’s, and Fox, and occasionally a still less common species shows up like Lark, Harris’s, or the Clay-colored Sparrow presently at Hammonasset State Park in Madison.

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Lunar Eclipse

Lunar eclipse compositeSeptember 27:  Here in Westbrook, Connecticut, a cloudless sky for an unobstructed view of the rare blood moon lunar eclipse this evening for about three hours beginning at 9 PM and ending just after midnight.

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19 Responses to Welcome to Birdspix.com!

  1. Barbara Johnson says:

    Nice going John; I bookmarked the site so I’ll be checking your
    progress from time to time.


  2. penny solum says:

    Congratulations John on this excellent new presentation of your
    fine photography and travel details! I’ll be a regular visitor to your site,
    with pleasure!!!

  3. John Gerke says:

    Nice job with the web site!

    I added our 141st yard bird the other night when I heard Trumpeter Swans flying over headed north.

    Enjoy your south Texas trip!

    John and Anne

  4. john gentile says:

    Hi John;
    Beautiful site. You really found your call.
    Hope You’re all well.

  5. Penny Spiwack says:

    Thanks for the on-going great education!

  6. Ms_Selena says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this website. This is so cool. I’m thrilled because I love birds, and this page/website is filled with so many birds that I have never seen before or heard about before. It’s going to be an amazing new experience for me.

  7. Gina Nichol says:

    It’s amazing what you’ve done in a few short years. The new site looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Manny and Thelma Myerson - friends of the Leshems in The Cascades says:

    Wonderful bird photos.
    Wonderful web site.

    With SLRs, both Thelma and I enjoy photography locally.

    Manny (also retired MD)

  9. Jody Stout says:

    Enjoyed this site very much. Have added it to my favorites. Looking forward to the Alaska pix. I have friends, Robert and Carolyn Buchanan that travel with Kennan and Karen Ward taking pix of Polar Bears and Eagles. They spend most of their time in Alaska. Told me about the eagle lady and her live feed of “the feed”. Sad to learn she had passed. If you ever trip acros the Buchanan’s on your journeys, sy ‘Hi’ for me please. They are huge supporters of Polar Bears International.

  10. Wade and Melissa says:

    We would like to thank you for your help and this wonderful site. Your site is a valuable source of information for us as we expand our Birding hobby. Good luck in May, we know what you are going for, as we will be there for the whole month and hope to get a shot of the little guys also.

  11. Lauren says:

    Hi I am a third grader at North Trail Elemantary school and I am Working on a bird project with one of your pictures on it. My teacher said it turned out better than she thought it would so more people will be looking at it than usual and your picture was the best I could find. So can I please use your picture? We will not be selling anything.

    • john says:

      Please let us know your name, a little bit about your project, and exactly which picture it is that you wish to use.

  12. James M Oates says:

    may 1, 2005 photo of laughing gull on i-bird has red legs & incomplete hood-did you hear it laugh? tail could have more white spots in it for a franklin’s?

    • john says:

      I believe the photo to which you refer is that of the full breeding plumage Laughing Gull taken at Chincoteague, VA. It was seven years ago, so I honestly couldn’t tell you if I had heard it “laughing” or not, but Laughing Gulls are very common there and there were many dozen present. Franklin’s Gull in that location would be exceptional. The gull in question has a heavy bill, downward pointed at the tip, and almost no white on the wing tips. If you look at the Franklin’s Gull photos on birdspix.com, note that the bill is much more delicate, and the white on the wing tips is unmistakably pronounced. Also breeding plumage Franklin’s shows a delicate pink blush on the belly, that Laughing Gull lacks. The apparent shape of the black hood in a given photo has more to do with the posture of the bird when that particular picture was taken.

  13. Paige Rothfus says:

    Greetings, John.
    My name is Paige Rothfus and I was wondering if the photos on your website are ok for use in an app for iPhone and Android?
    I am making an educational app that lists birdsongs and I was hoping to provide photos of the birds with the clips to make for easier identification.
    I can credit the photos to you if would like. If you have any questions about my project, do let me know!Looking forward to hearing from you,


    • john says:

      Many of my photos already appear on the popular app IBird Pro. I would need to know a lot more details about what you are planning.

  14. I have created a free online ‘Birds of Vancouver Island’ that requires a photo of a juvenile Tree Swallow of which you have an excellent example. The ‘book’ is found on my website and I was hoping that you might contribute said photo.


  15. Dickson says:

    Great site, really impressed with what you have seen and photographed. Great goal! I’m definitely going to have to build a blog and share. Thanks again for the trip out to S.T.A.-5 today, great day of birding and photographing. Definitely get in touch with me when you want to come out my way, also hope we can get out again while here in your area for some more birding.

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