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

It was a very cold morning, but luckily very little cloud cover, and at first, very little wind.  Although the wind picked up and the temperature never rose very much, Matt Byers and his mother, Mary, formed the group as well as participating in the other BBC bird walk at North Point, which started an… Read More

On a very pleasant, (cool, overcast) morning Nathan Tea and his mother Stella, were joined by Charles Brohawn, and we walked around the outside of the fort and back into the closed-off wetlands area, thanks to Wendy Alexander, the volunteer naturalist at the fort, who also joined us.  While we didn’t see anything exceptional, we… Read More

As spring approaches, the various large waders prepare for the breeding season, and some confusion may arise as the special feathers are visible, and being showed off.  Let’s look at the bigger herons first – specifically Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tricolored Herons.  Great Blues stand about five feet tall, and have a… Read More