Even though autumn is winding down in my part of the country, the color still tried to pop as in one last hurrah before our white and gray pallet of winter arrives. Bird migration still has a big push going and and though it may not be about warblers any more, it’s sparrow city [...]
Well, here we are with another report directly from the field as I do a blog post with nothing but my iPhone and my spotting scope.
Every autumn when I’m fortunate enough to have fieldwork, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this landscape as an office and that my duty is [...]
Sparrow migration is off the hook this week.
I joined a non birding friend for lunch and when he came back with me to the parking lot at work I pointed to it and said, “Holy cow, that’s a Harris’s Sparrow, that’s a really cool sparrow to see.”
I set up my WingScapes [...]
As sparrow migration is blitzing around the US, I thought I put up these images of a white-throated sparrow chowing down on a snowy mountain ash. Even if you can’t have bird feeders, sometimes having the right kind of trees can be very beneficial to migratory birds.
I got these images during a [...]
I think brown birds are beautiful as it is, but I love putting them in beautiful backgrounds when the opportunity presents itself.
I always thought of house sparrows as the most common sparrow ever and that’s true in urban areas of the US but out in the [...]
In the midst of all the last minute planning for The Big Year Birds and Beers I still have to work and I’m in the middle of 3 different bird surveys. One is my fall waterfowl surveys in conjunction with the National Park, US Fish and Wildlife, MN DNR and WI DNR and the others [...]
I have a sparrow that has been driving me nuts on my surveys the last week. I tried turning it in to every other bird but have finally landed on a field sparrow. The bird perches on a bush that is not part of my survey property, so I can’t just walk out. Plus, I’m [...]
Podcast prize is AWESOME dvd by Michael Male and Judy Fieth called Watching Sparrows. A must for anyone ready to dip their toes in the dizzying world of brown birds. The sound quality is rich and fun to have on in the background of your work day.
This story makes me SO angry. Doofus [...]
I am a terrible bird watcher. I hate getting up early in the morning. The older I get, the less I care about distinguishing flycatchers (yet, oddly admire those who live for it). I hate birding in the rain–even if it is a life bird that I may never, ever get the chance to see [...]
The Mississippi River has been flooding a bit in downtown St. Paul, MN. It’s an exciting time for us park rangers at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. I’ve been out taking photos for the park’s Facebook Page of the progessing river levels and can’t help but get in some spring birding when I’m [...]