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

The last of our three pairs is a couple of blue birds that are found in the same basic habitat – brushy fields and wood edges, often not too far from water.  The smaller of these birds is about sparrow-sized and all a dark, but iridescent, blue, and frequently sings from the very tops of… Read More

The next pair is also a couple of cousins, but these are not found in the same sort of habitats.  Black-winged red birds, Scarlet Tanagers are treetop birds of dense woods and deeper forests, which sing their scratchy, Robin-like song from high up in the forest canopy.  The alarm call, “chip-burr”, or “keep-back” is very… Read More

This time around, we’re going to look at three similar pairs of birds that can be encountered in the Baltimore area.  The first pair will be the classic Baltimore Oriole and its cousin, the Orchard Oriole.  These two birds are often found in the same areas, nesting in similar kinds of habitats.  The males are… Read More

The day was cool, raw and drizzly, but we still had Jude and Prudence, and their parents Allison and Arpet show up for a rather shortened version of the walk. Despite the conditions, there was a fair amount of activity, although it was not always easy to see the birds, what with rain on the… Read More

As the migrating birds move north again from their ancestral homes to our south, and prepare for nesting season up here, it’s time to consider the various possibilities of the many similar birds we’re going to run into, foraging busily among the new leaves.  Although the numbers of many of the migrants have decreased significantly… Read More

Our walk on Saturday took place on a cool, sunny, rather windy spring day.  The group comprised Elizabeth Smith and her son Ibrahim, Simon Best and his three Best sons, and Charles Brohawn.  We started around the parking area, looking over the Bluebirds and Tree Swallows along the fences, before heading down through the woods… Read More

These birds are actually easy to distinguish from each other, once you get the simple patterns down.  The Egrets come in large, medium and small, as is often the case, and there is a single Heron in our area that also turns up in an all-white plumage. First of all, the largest Egret, the Great… Read More

Today’s Heron post covers the adults of the other herons we may run into along the edges of ponds and waterways. These are squatter-looking birds, with a more hunched posture and shorter necks, than the previous group. We’ll start with the familiar smallish heron of wooded streams and ponds – the Green Heron. This bird… Read More