Global Big Day: The 24 Hour Race

We should all know that Global Big Day is taking place tomorrow, May 4th (Star Wars Day too!). Birders from every state, province, and country will be submitting checklists onto the online platform, Ebird. Global Big Day is the largest birding event of the year. The idea is for a group of people, or just…

Birding Spain

Today ends our extraordinary trip to the South coast of Spain. As you might expect, the first thing that crossed my mind as we landed in Malaga was BIRDS. Where are the birds? Anyway, as we drove to the hotel, I was overjoyed to see my first three birds, Spotless Starling, Yellow-legged Gull, and Monk…

3 reasons birding is an awesome pastime

So, in all my years of birding, lots of people have asked me, ‘why birds?’ or, ‘what’s the point?’. Here’s the deal: Birds are everywhere, even in the busiest cities and towns you can find birdlife around every corner. For example, New York City is crawling with raptors, such as Red-tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon….

extinct yet unforgettable.

I first came across this extraordinary species when reading Jonathan Elphick’s World of Birds. Even when looking at the little picture with the caption, I couldn’t even process the info. A bird of prey so large it tripled the size of our Golden eagle today? Nah. But I looked it up, and it is very real…

Feeding birds in the Pacific and in England

So, before I moved to England, I lived in Hawaii. And believe me when I say that the bird diversity in my neighborhood alone was impressive. If you read my post, Hawaiian Birding, I went over a few of the common species you can see on the island. The birds that visited my feeders in Hawaii…

my problems and experiences with squirrels pt. 2

Don’t listen to what I said in the last squirrel post. Yesterday, I ended the squirrel problem once and for all. No, I didn’t purchase a baffle online. I found the answer, and this time it was actually effective. All it takes is a large plastic drink bottle. That’s it! I swear to you, it’s…

my problems and experiences with squirrels.

Every backyard birder knows of the common pest known as the grey squirrel, the long tailed, furry animal with a thing for birdseed. Countless numbers of times I’ve ran outside shouting at these rascals to beat it. Though I love all of God’s creatures, some prove to be difficult! No matter what I do to…

Robins in the yard.

Recently I have had a pair of European Robins courting in the yard. Am excited to announce it seems they have chosen a nesting site! The same pair attempted to raise a family last season, but without luck. (Check out my post, Robin Nest Updates from last year).

Sexual Dimorphism: What is it?

I’ve mentioned this topic several times in my posts, and given a very brief definition. Now, I’m going to explain this interesting topic a little more thoroughly. Take a look at this photo: Now most people including myself, wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between male and female Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina). They look…