From Summer Breezes to Fall’s First Fronts

Tim HealyBird Sightings, Birding, eBird, Field Work, Listing, Migration, Migration Update, Morning Flight, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

I’ve often said that people who are more actively observant of the natural world around them are more acutely aware of the seasonal cycle. When you spend most of your free time watching the comings and goings of animals, you can’t help but notice the gradual, steady changes each day brings on our yearly journey around the Sun. This is … Read More

Beating the winter birding blues….kind of.

Anna FasoliBirdingLeave a Comment

It has been a long, cold winter here in Centre County, PA.  After spending a sticky hot summer in north central Florida in 2012, I was looking forward to the cool temperatures (not to mention the colors) of another fall season in Pennsylvania. Dare I say I was even looking forward to the winter snow flurries. Needless to say my … Read More

Swallow-tailed Kite Breeding Season

Anna FasoliGeneral News and Info2 Comments

Swallow-tailed Kites arrived about 1.5 weeks earlier than normal in north central Florida this year.  I saw my first-of-the-year Swallow-tailed Kite on February 29th, sailing right over my house…what a yard bird!  Since then I’ve seen about a dozen more in Marion and Levy counties. Over the past week, I’ve seen a handful of Swallow-tailed Kites carrying nesting material.  Swallow-tailed … Read More

The Arrival of Swallow-tailed Kites in South-Central Florida

Anna FasoliBirding, Photography7 Comments

If you’ve been in south-central Florida in the past two weeks, you’ve probably noticed the arrival of Swallow-tailed Kites. Swallow-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) are probably the most appropriately named raptor, with their forked swallow-like tail.  They have an unmistakable black and white plumage from below, and show dark shoulder patches and primaries from above.  In flight, their small head can give … Read More

2010 – My Biggest Year!

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, Chase, Listing3 Comments

I started off 2010 terribly sick and I didn’t leave the house for a few days. Once I got better, Anna Fasoli and I drove down to Blackwater NWR in Maryland to officially start off our 2010 birding year. We picked up 60 species in one day. On Febuary 24th, I drove down to Herndon, Virginia to see the Varied … Read More