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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Rose-ringed Parakeet in Boynton Beach
December 6: Yesterday I went over to Boynton Beach Inlet Park to look for a Rose-ringed Parakeet that has been seen regularly there over the past few weeks. I arrived there at around 10:30 AM at about the same time as four other photographers with long lenses, but although there was a large flock of Nandays, the Rose-ringed remained hidden somewhere amongst the fronds of the tall palm trees the entire time. One of the backgammon players told us he sees that parakeet daily when he feeds the birds at 7 AM, so I went back early this morning. It’s only twenty minutes from home.
I arrived at 6:55, along with two of the group from yesterday, but sure enough no one was there with food. It turns out that the regular Nanday flock doesn’t fly in until after 10 AM, and the one green bird we spotted (no food necessary) at exactly 7:25 turned out to be the one with the bright red bill – the Rose-ringed itself. It is no doubt an escaped cage bird, and remains solitary, moving among the palm trees. It does not comingle with the Nandays.
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 »