Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Where to go and what to see?

When I am not in my backyard, I have to make a choice about where to go to bird. I don't have all of the time in the world and it helps to get a head start. Also when I see a new bird, I sometimes wonder what it is. Having a small inkling in advance also helps with this. I found a link to help me with both of those in Northern VA.

When I was out surfing the internet one day I came across a link for a rare bird list. When I started to dig into it, I realized that it is put out every Tuesday and is a list of where all of the rare bird sightings are in my area. When I take a Thursday or Friday off to bird, I look over the list beforehand to see if there are any rare birds around or how the birds are trending. When I read that there are large flocks of hawks around (for example), I might look extra hard for that species.

Here is the link that I found. Click on North America to bring up a list of all of the states.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nuthatch and Carolina Wren..ohh and a Cardinal

These are still from last weekend. I plan on being outside most of the weekend coming up to get more pictures.

Carolina Wren

White-breasted Nuthatch

Male Northern Cardinal

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall is in the air

I spent a great deal of time in my backyard this weekend and got a ton of pictures as my reward. Throughout the day yesterday and today, I saw the following birds (both male and females):

Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Finch
American Goldfinch (which really looked like Warblers)
Downy Woodpecker
Mourning Dove
Too many Sparrows

The hardest one to get a picture of was the Tufted Titmouse as they were extremely skittish.

Tufted Titmouse

Sunday, October 17, 2010


There were several flocks of warblers down by the lake and along the pine trees away from the lake. Although these could be Yellow Warblers, I am more leaning toward Pine Warblers. Very tough call.


Ready for Takeoff

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MN part duex

There were wild Turkeys on the road. Here is some pictures of a rafter of 12 Turkeys.

Crossing the road 
Half of the twelve

Getting under the fence to safety

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Birding in MN?

I spent about a week in Northern MN and just got back. I am going to post some of the many wildlife pictures (mostly birds) that I took.

It was nice to see a lot of Bald Eagles up there flying around. It seems like I saw some nearly everyday.

In 2007, it was estimated that there were 2300 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in MN. If the trend continued, there should be about 2400 pairs in 2010. I don't ever remember seeing so many eagles in 1 week before.

Bald Eagle looking for food