On a brief trip into town for lunch, I went a different route than Main Street. Being new to Richfield, somehow I wound up on another road. When I was approaching a stop sign, I saw a big fluff of snow at the very top of a small grouping of some type of spruce trees. It wasn't odd that snow was on the ground, but of all three of the trees I was looking at, the only blob of snow … [Read more...] about Ferruginous Hawk – White as Snow
Taking time for Sunday birding drive to check out what birding may be near you can yield some pretty cool surprises or adventures for you. Pack a light snack, some water and crank up the engine! California Dreamin' on a January Day A venture up through the barnyards near me and open grassy terrain towards Heppler's Ponds proved to be quite surprising. Nothing like birding … [Read more...] about Sunday Birding Yields a Covey of California Quails!
Nothing like your birding trip getting started before you even get out of the yard. The list of what you will see can sometime begin before you put your car into drive. First on my list was the female American Redstart that landed on a pine bough before I even backed out of the driveway. Her brilliant yellow against the black tail was quite the contrast...The weather on … [Read more...] about Starting off the List with an American Redstart!
What do you do when a "non-birding friend" comes to visit and you want to go birding? You take them...ahumm...birding...I mean kayaking! In my particular situation, we could surely accommodate both, still have a great time paddling AND birdwatch, too! We loaded up the kayaks (see below ordeal about me deciding NOW was the time to install new seat covers) and went down to my … [Read more...] about Inviting a “Non-birding Friend” to Go Birding with You!
Sometimes your birding plans can change on a dime. While photographing a Prothonotary Warbler by the pond, a small white bird flew swiftly through the viewfinder. Naturally, I was distracted from the warbler and lowered the camera to see what it was that dared photobomb my photo. Suddenly, the warbler became a thing of the past. Altogether, there were three white birds diving … [Read more...] about Spotting the White Forehead of the Least Tern