Welcome to Birdspix.com!

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

Rose-ringed ParakeetDecember 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.

Nanday ParakeetI 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.

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   read more »

Hammonasset Fall Shorebirds

Buff-breasted Sandpiper9/4:  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.

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The Great American Eclipse

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.

Total solar eclipse compositeThere 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.

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Cape Cod Little Stint

Little StintAugust 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.

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More Connecticut Shore…

Saltmarsh SparrowMay 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 asClapper Rail 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.

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Springtime back at Hammonasset

Alder FlycatcherMay 23: This time of year at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, CT one can usually hear the “fitz-bew” call of WillowYellow Warbler 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, andMagnolia Warbler today there was a straggler singing Magnolia Warbler keeping company with one of the Yellows.

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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. Gina Nichol says:

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

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. Carol says:

    John: A pleasure to have spoken with you as you were photographing gnatcatchers on the Florida Canyon trail in southern Arizona on January 23rd. Thank you for sharing your blog and excellent photos. Best wishes, Carol H.

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