Welcome to Birdspix.com!

Welcome to the ongoing quest to photograph 700 or more ABA countable North American bird species. Of the 738 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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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.

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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Horsehead Beach, Westport, MA

September 20: A weekend visit to Massachusetts found no early morning migrant flight at Gooseberry Island in Westport, but joining the gulls at nearby Horsehead Beach were about 200 Sanderlings and three small groups of Common Eiders totalling fourteen individuals.

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More Sandpipers

September 18: Another visit to Hammonasset, and another nice Stilt Sandpiper, this one a juvenile keeping company with a crisp juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in one of the few remaining rain pools not filled in by the oblivious Connecticut DOD.

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Hammonasset Stilt

September 9:  Hammonassset State Park in Madison, CT has long been a prime birding site along the Connecticut shore, but unfortunately the State Department of Devolopment seems to be continually doing its best to permanently chase away the wildlife in favor of ever more building, parking, and human activity. There has always been a delicate balance but sadly we are at a tipping point and the powers that be don’t seem to care one whit despite voluminous input from the environmentally concerned.

Stilt SandpiperBut all is not lost quite yet. This is the time of year when migrant shorebirds show up, including some of the less common ones such as this Stilt Sandpiper currently keeping company with a few “peeps” in the boulder pond at Meigs Point.

Merlin - femaleI also paid a visit to Comstock Park in Ivoryton early yesterday morning, but migrants there have been few and far between because the weather has been so good. There is one big snag there that always seems to have an interesting occupant. Yesterday it happened to be this female Merlin, bathed in the early morning sunlight.

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Smooth-billed Anis at Loxahatchee

July 8:  I have been largely out of commission since the Colorado “chickens” trip because of back issues, which finally necessitated surgery for a herniated disc. Happily that is resolved now and field trips are at last possible again. This morning I finally got out toSmooth-billed Ani look for the pair of Smooth-billed Anis that were recently discovered building a nest at Loxahatchee NWR in Boynton Beach, FL, which conveniently happens to be just ten minutes from home. A few minutes after I arrived at 8:25 AM, the pair briefly called to one another and then the (presumed) female flew into the cabbage palm nesting tree not to be seen again, while the other (presumed male) made repeated forays into neighboring trees to gather nesting material.

This is a species that hasn’t been regular here in South Florida since 2007 when there was a small group in the Old Griffen Road neighborhood just south of Fort Lauderdale Airport.

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Florida Warbler Migration

April 30: My old reliable Canon 7D camera died at the end of our Colorado trip, but when I sent it in to the Canon repair facility in Newport News, VA for a repair estimate, theyWorm-eating Warbler wanted over $900 which it turns out is more than the cost of a brand new 7D. The 7D has had a major price drop because of the release of the new 7D Mark II which isBlack-throated Blue Warbler - female faster, has more pixels, and a host of new features, so the old camera is now officially junk and, as of yesterday, I have a new Mark II ordered as always from good old reliable B&H in NYC. The timing is fortuitous as migration is presently in full swing here in south Florida, with warblers galore.

Blackpoll WarblerMy new favorite spot for migrants is Lantana Nature Preserve in Lantana, the very same spot where the La Sagra’s Flycatcher was a few weeks ago. A few days agoOvenbird there were multiple Worm-eating Warblers there, and today in one hour I counted 53 Ovenbirds and over 40 Blackpolls among ten warbler species, and I’m sure I missed at least half the Ovenbirds – they were just everywhere. My favorite today was a Cape May Warblerbeautiful crisp male Cape May Warbler which perched cooperatively on a low branch in perfect light.

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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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