Showing posts from April, 2016

Texas - Feb '16

About two months ago I flew to Houston, TX for a medical conference. Before flying home I took some time to get outside and see a few birds along the way. A few photos below. Mountain Plover Long-billed Curlew Common Pauraque Common Pauraque Northern Jacana "McCall's" Eastern Screech Owl Crimson-collared Grosbeak Crimson-collared Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner Chihuahuan Raven Audubon's Oriole White-tipped Dove Green Jay White-collared Seedeater Olive Sparrow Northern Cardinal  - NB

Spring Birding by Boat

Late last summer I purchased a boat of my own, a 20-ft center console, that I have tentatively named "Ardenna." I say tentatively because there is no actual decal on the boat yet, and I reserve the right to change my mind at the last minute if I want to :) Boating has been in my family as long as I've been alive, so I have been boating and fishing western Long Island Sound for years now (we keep our boats in Norwalk Harbor). But now that I have one of my own, I have the freedom to spend more time birding from it. I can put it in the water earlier in spring, keep it in the water later into autumn, or even trailer it elsewhere if I'd like. Honestly, as far as actual pelagic birding goes, there probably isn't a worse place to keep a boat in New England than western Long Island Sound (we don't even get Wilson's Storm-Petrels on a regular basis). But the opportunity still exists to be out there in case something interesting shows up, like the time we chased t