My New Book


Birding Gorman Nature Center

First things first:

To anyone I know in northern Ohio who might see this and say, “Heeeey, I thought we were friends, why didn’t you tell me you were coming?”

It’s not my fault. Thanks to having a large family concentrated in Indiana and Ohio, I sometimes come in and out and just see family. [...]

TLS APO Adapter

Some people have asked to see the TLS APO adapter that I used with my Nikon V1 and Swarovski ATX 85mm spotting scope. Here is how easy it is to use. This was taken at the Biggest Week in Birding in May.

Biggest Week 2013

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The view from the drive in to Magee Marsh in Ohio and one of the few sunny days I’ve been allotted this spring.

Well here I am at the end of May and barely a month left to complete my Big Half Year goal of digisoping 250 species by June 30. I’m [...]

Judging A Birding Tattoo Contest

black swamp bird observatory tattoo

It has been a crazy two weeks. An example:

My new book was a prize in a tattoo contest at a bird festival…said no person ever until Biggest Week in Birding 2013. Above is Paul Riss from Punk Rock Big Year and Rue Mapp from Outdoor Afro who were among the five judges. When [...]

How Easy Is It To Get A Kirtland’s Warbler Shot At Biggest Week?

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So, how easy is it to get a shot of a Kirtland’s Warbler at the Biggest Week In American Birding?

This easy:

What Happens When North America’s Rarest Warbler Shows Up At A Bird Festival

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There really aren’t many more life birds I can get in the Eastern US. Sure, there are some birds I saw when I was a kid that I’d like to see again, but for the most part, I can count on one hand the species I need to get from this part of the US. [...]

Woodcocks At Biggest Week

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Part of the fun of birding at the Biggest Week is I get to see my friend Dale Forbes. I met him a few years ago in Kazakhstan and since then he’s moved on to working full time for Swarovski Optik as a products manager. This is Dale’s first time in North America…so you can [...]

Biggest Week In American Birding

Cape May Warbler

So if you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you know I’m at something referred to as the Biggest Week, it’s a big ole’ honkin’ bird festival in northern Ohio at Magee Marsh. It bills itself as the “Warbler Capital Of The World.”

I have seen quite a few warblers, but not enough yet to [...]

Audubon Ohio Assembly 2008

FYI, things my get a little more PG-13 than usual later on in this entry, for parents reading with your kids, you might want to read alone first. Yeah, that’s right, Jim, I’m goin’ there!

Man, I ate a lot of pie this weekend. I think this was the most pie offerin’ bird event I’ve [...]