I typically stay away from places that have the phrase “bed and breakfast” in the title. As a birder, I don’t have the schedule to truly appreciate all the extra amenities. Yeah, I’m sure you make fabulous scones but your 7:30am start time doesn’t always jive with my field trip that leaves at 5:30 am. [...]
I was recently at the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival in Harlingen, TX. If you can’t tell by how often I talk about South Texas, it’s one of my favorite places to visit not only for the birds, but also for the great friends I’ve made at the festival. Next year is the 20th Anniversary [...]
Winter and lots of snow brings with it cabin fever. We have lots of modern conveniences that help ease that tension, like Netflix Watch Instantly and Amazon Streaming and alcohol! You don’t have to go to a rental facility, you don’t even have to wait for Netflix to arrive in the mail–you can have most [...]
I’m going to start this post off with landscape shots that have a brown bird called a common pauraque in them. See if you can find the bird(s) and at the end of the post, I’ll put up the photos pointing out where they are and you can see if you were able to find [...]
There’s a new podcast up for Birdwatch Radio. It’s part one of a two part series made during this year’s Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. He talks to my buddy Jim Danzenbaker from Kowa (and Jim even schools you on how to properly pronounce the name Kowa).
Also interviewed is one of the guys from [...]
Can you believe I still have blogging to do about Texas?? It really is one of my favorite birding trips I do all year. I love the organizers, the birds, the food, the temperature–it’s tops. Check out this altamira oriole that was just cleaning itself off after using a bird bath at Laguna Atascosa NWR.
Here is a yellowlegs that WildBird on the Fly and I observed at one of my favorite digiscoping spots, Estero Llano Grande. She and I went there a couple of times and I tried to get some lifers and do some digiscoping. I discovered that I need to focus on one thing at a time. [...]
It’s Skywatch Friday again! If you have a blog with a photo of sky, you can link your post up to Skywatch Friday and share the beauty. I thought I’d share one of my “in transit” days.
I never cease to be amazed at the ability to change time and temperature with our ability of [...]
One of the fun parts of visiting the Rio Grande Valley is the chance to see an aplomado falcon. One of the best places to look is Laguna Atascosa NWR. Two years ago I got the chance to chase one down (it practically took half the bird festival to help me get it). The aplomado [...]