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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September 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.read more »
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.read more »
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.read more »
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.
But 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.
I 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.read more »
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 to 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.read more »
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, they 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 is 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.
My 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 ago 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 beautiful crisp male Cape May Warbler which perched cooperatively on a low branch in perfect light.read more »