It was a cool, rawish, overcast day, and this trip was a last-minute schedule, so I wasn’t surprised to have no takers.  It was unfortunate, though, because it turned out to be a good day indeed.  The brushy woods contained a good deal of activity, although it wasn’t always easy to get a good look… Read More


A very warm Friday turned into a cold, blustery Saturday.  The temperature dropped over 10 degrees between the time I awoke and the time we all met at Masonville Cove.  Unfortunately, Masonville was unexpectedly closed, so after waiting about 15 frigid minutes, our group of 7 moved on to the second stop – the parking… Read More


As seems to happen all too often, a beautiful week was ended with a looming winter storm that kept looking worse as the time got shorter.  By Friday night, the forecast was 4-6″ of snow and ice, but at least it was moving the onset to later in the morning.  Having cancelled the Blackwater version… Read More


Today’s set of diving ducks are birds of deeper water, usually fresh water lakes, rivers or reservoirs, but these ducks may also turn up along the coast as well. The first pair of males are red-headed ducks that can be told apart by the face shape and the body color.  Both kinds of males are… Read More


Today, we’ll look at some of the diving ducks that turn up in more inland waters on larger ponds, lakes, reservoirs and rivers. Some of these will also be found on more coastal waters, and even out in the open ocean, but the real ocean ducks will be the subject of a later post. Let’s… Read More


It was a very cold morning, but clear and a bit breezy. The temperature never rose above the mid twenties, but the breeze died down a little as the sun rose, and the birds became active by about 8:15 or so.  Nobody showed for the walk, which was unfortunate as it turned out to be… Read More


The day started cool, very overcast and a bit damp, but by about 10, the clouds had risen and showed cracks that let the sun peek through.  By about 10:15, they had dropped much lower, thickened considerably, and it felt like rain was about to fall.  Luckily, it never actually did.  Matt Nadolny, his grandparents… Read More


This month sees some early winter returnees, some lingering summer residents and a number of birds just passing through.  Every year is different in the details, but the patterns remain largely the same.  In October, many of our breeding birds have moved out, but depending on the weather, quite a few are still around filling… Read More


Please Note the time change for October – see the end of this post! It was a beautiful morning; cool and cloudless at first, with clouds and breeze increasing as the sun rose higher and the temperatures warmed into the 70s.  Arthur Robinson and Ben Poscover joined us to take a very nice walk up… Read More


It being July, the first wave of nestlings is out and independent, and the parents are going back for their second broods.  This means that confusing young birds are out and about, leaving many of us who are not yet experienced leafing through our books with great uncertainty.  So, first things first:  you see a… Read More