This weekend we went up north to the Lake District for a little time away. We set up camp at a small Air B and B in the little village of Middleton-in-Teesdale. The landscape around us consisted of huge cascading hills and square fields inhabited by sheep and cattle. The hills reminded me a lot … Continue reading Birding the Lake District
It has been several months since I've last had a bullfinch at my feeders. Bullfinches are among some of my favorite English birds, so getting them back after such a long absence was great. (See my other post, Spotlight: Eurasian Bullfinch). In my last bullfinch post, I said I named the male Buddy. But recently I have … Continue reading The Bullfinches are back!
We went to Stonehenge recently and there was very tame Rook walking around. I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures. Rooks are usually highly social, so to see this guy walking around alone was unusual. It got very close, so I could really see the detail of his features. The bare skin … Continue reading Rook
Two weeks ago I had the privilege to go bird watching on Skomer Island off the coast of Wales. The island is home to 316,000 pairs of Manx Shearwaters and 25,000 individual Atlantic Puffins. Other key species include Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red-billed Chough, Common Murre, and Razorbill. Note: If you are planning … Continue reading Skomer Island: A Seabird Haven
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 … Continue reading Global Big Day: The 24 Hour Race
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 … Continue reading Birding Spain
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. … Continue reading 3 reasons birding is an awesome pastime
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 … Continue reading extinct yet unforgettable.
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 … Continue reading Feeding birds in the Pacific and in England
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 … Continue reading my problems and experiences with squirrels pt. 2