Birding Italy (May 2016)

We were very blessed to have guide, Menotti Passarella of Birding Italy, assist us in viewing exceptional birds within the Po Delta and surrounding areas.   Menotti graciously picked us up from Mestre (Venice), Italy and spent the entire day touring the country side in search of birds!   He is a brilliant birder, very knowledgeable, and we had exceptional birding. We saw 76 species throughout the day and are very thankful of his expertise and the time that he spent with us.

Below is a small video of highlights from our day spent with him.

Heather & Anthony

California (USA) 2016

In late January 2016, I was in California on business and was hoping to be able to bird during my spare time.  I didn’t know where to start, we (my husband & I) have never formally birded California before (a few incidentals recorded in San Diego in 2013 prior to a cruise), but to actually “bird California” was new to us.   I did a GOOGLE search and found quite a few groups, including the “Los Angeles Audubon Society”.   On their web site, they had listed a field trip on Sunday, January 24th – my only “spare morning” while in the Los Angeles area.   It was a trip to “Newport Back Bay” and would take almost two hours to drive to.  I contacted the society, confirmed exact directions, plugged it into the GPS and off we went.   In a nutshell?   a fantastic experience.  The group leaders were so accommodating and shared their knowledge of the area and the birds – several which were lifers to us that they went out of their way to point out.   We were so appreciative of their generosity of the knowledge that they shared and how they went out of their way to ensure we had a good time.   Meeting fellow birders like those from the L.A. Audubon Society make it all worthwhile!

We saw many lifers, but highlights included:  Black Phoebe, Say’s Phoebe, Allen’s Hummingbird (digiscoped photo above by Anthony Baskey), Anna’s Hummingbird, the threatened California Gnatcatcher, and the endangered Ridgway’s Rail.

For a complete list of birds seen on this field trip (and our complete list for California during the week) – see our California 2016 trip report page.

 

 

Panama 2015

Metropolitan Park, Panama

Squirrel Cuckoo Metropolitan Park, Panama

For our entire trip report – please visit the Panama 2015 Field Trip page.

Summary Highlights:
February 15th – arrival in Panama City – Radisson Summit & Golf Hotel
February 16th – Clayton & Metropolitan Park with Yeray Seminario of Whitehawk Birding & Conservation
February 17th – Hotel Grounds
February 18th – Kent Livezy – Birding Pipeline Rd
February 19th – Cerro Azul with Beny Wilson – Whitehawk Birding and Conservation
February 20th – Kent Livezy – Birding Pipeline Rd – Panama Discovery Centre
February 21st – Hotel Grounds
February 22nd – Hotel Grounds
February 23rd – Kent Livezy – Birding Pipeline Rd
February 24th – El Valle with Yeray Seminario of Whitehawk Birding & Conservation
February 25th – Hotel Grounds and then Departure back to the Great White North

Overall List of Birds observed/heard: location/date is place first observed

Location S/P Date
1 Great Tinamou Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
2 Gray-headed Chachalaca Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
3 Magnificent Frigatebird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
4 Anhinga Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
5 Brown Pelican Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
6 Rufescent Tiger-Heron Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
7 Great Egret Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
8 Snowy Egret Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
9 Little Blue Heron Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
10 Cattle Egret El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
11 Green Heron Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
12 Capped Heron Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
13 Black Vulture Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
14 Turkey Vulture Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
15 Swallow-tailed Kite Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
16 Ornate Hawk-Eagle Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
17 Snail Kite Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
18 Broad-winged Hawk Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 21 Feb 2015
19 Gray-lined Hawk Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
20 Short-tailed Hawk El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
21 Swainson’s Hawk Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
22 White-throated Crake Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
23 Gray-necked Wood-Rail Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
24 Purple Gallinule Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
25 Common Gallinule Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
26 Southern Lapwing Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
27 Wattled Jacana Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
28 Spotted Sandpiper Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
29 Solitary Sandpiper Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
30 Pale-vented Pigeon Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 15 Feb 2015
31 Scaled Pigeon Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
32 Short-billed Pigeon Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
33 Ruddy Ground-Dove Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
34 White-tipped Dove Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
35 Gray-chested Dove Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
36 Squirrel Cuckoo Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
37 Greater Ani Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
38 Tropical Screech-Owl El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
39 Common Pauraque El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
40 White-collared Swift El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
41 Short-tailed Swift Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
42 Band-rumped Swift Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
43 White-necked Jacobin Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
44 Green Hermit Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
45 Long-billed Hermit Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
46 Stripe-throated Hermit Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
47 Purple-crowned Fairy Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
48 Black-throated Mango Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
49 Rufous-crested Coquette Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
50 Garden Emerald Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
51 Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
52 Crowned Woodnymph Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
53 Blue-chested Hummingbird Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
54 Snowy-bellied Hummingbird Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 22 Feb 2015
55 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
56 Violet-capped Hummingbird Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
57 Violet-bellied Hummingbird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
58 Slaty-tailed Trogon Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
59 Black-tailed Trogon Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
60 Gartered Trogon Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
61 Black-throated Trogon Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
62 Tody Motmot El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
63 Whooping Motmot Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
64 Rufous Motmot Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
65 Broad-billed Motmot Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
66 Ringed Kingfisher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
67 White-necked Puffbird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
68 White-whiskered Puffbird Plantation Road, Gamboa PA-CL 23 Feb 2015
69 Spot-crowned Barbet El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
70 Collared Aracari Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 21 Feb 2015
71 Black-mandibled Toucan Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
72 Keel-billed Toucan Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 15 Feb 2015
73 Black-cheeked Woodpecker Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
74 Red-crowned Woodpecker Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
75 Cinnamon Woodpecker Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
76 Lineated Woodpecker Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
77 Crimson-crested Woodpecker Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
78 Collared Forest-Falcon Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
79 Yellow-headed Caracara Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
80 Bat Falcon Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
81 Orange-chinned Parakeet Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
82 Brown-hooded Parrot Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
83 Blue-headed Parrot Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
84 Red-lored Parrot Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
85 Yellow-crowned Parrot Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
86 Fasciated Antshrike Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
87 Barred Antshrike Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
88 Black-crowned Antshrike Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
89 Checker-throated Antwren Plantation Road, Gamboa PA-CL 23 Feb 2015
90 White-flanked Antwren Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
91 Dot-winged Antwren Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
92 Dusky Antbird Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
93 White-bellied Antbird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
94 Chestnut-backed Antbird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
95 Bicolored Antbird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
96 Spotted Antbird Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
97 Black-faced Antthrush Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
98 Plain-brown Woodcreeper Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
99 Cocoa Woodcreeper Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
100 Plain Xenops Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
101 Brown-capped Tyrannulet Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
102 Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
103 Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
104 Forest Elaenia Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
105 Yellow-bellied Elaenia Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
106 Lesser Elaenia El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
107 Olive-striped Flycatcher El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
108 Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
109 Paltry Tyrannulet Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
110 Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
111 Southern Bentbill Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
112 Common Tody-Flycatcher Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
113 Brownish Twistwing Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
114 Olivaceous Flatbill Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
115 Yellow-margined Flycatcher Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
116 Golden-crowned Spadebill Plantation Road, Gamboa PA-CL 23 Feb 2015
117 Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
118 Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 22 Feb 2015
119 Bright-rumped Attila Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
120 Dusky-capped Flycatcher Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
121 Great Crested Flycatcher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
122 Lesser Kiskadee Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
123 Great Kiskadee Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
124 Boat-billed Flycatcher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
125 Rusty-margined Flycatcher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
126 Social Flycatcher Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
127 Streaked Flycatcher Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
128 Piratic Flycatcher Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
129 Tropical Kingbird Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
130 Fork-tailed Flycatcher El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
131 Purple-throated Fruitcrow Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
132 Blue Cotinga Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
133 Lance-tailed Manakin El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
134 White-ruffed Manakin Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
135 Blue-crowned Manakin Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
136 Golden-collared Manakin Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
137 Red-capped Manakin Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
138 Masked Tityra Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
139 Northern Schiffornis El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
140 White-winged Becard Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
141 Yellow-green Vireo Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
142 Lesser Greenlet Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
143 Green Shrike-Vireo Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
144 Black-chested Jay Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
145 Southern Rough-winged Swallow Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
146 Gray-breasted Martin Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
147 Mangrove Swallow Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
148 House Wren Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
149 Black-bellied Wren Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
150 Rufous-breasted Wren Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
151 Rufous-and-white Wren Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
152 Plain Wren Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
153 Buff-breasted Wren Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
154 White-breasted Wood-Wren Plantation Road, Gamboa PA-CL 23 Feb 2015
155 Gray-breasted Wood-Wren El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
156 Song Wren Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
157 Long-billed Gnatwren Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
158 Tropical Gnatcatcher Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
159 Clay-colored Thrush Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
160 Tropical Mockingbird Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
161 Northern Waterthrush Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
162 Black-and-white Warbler Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
163 Prothonotary Warbler Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 21 Feb 2015
164 Tennessee Warbler Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
165 Mourning Warbler Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
166 Bay-breasted Warbler Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
167 Yellow Warbler Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
168 Chestnut-sided Warbler Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
169 Rufous-capped Warbler Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 21 Feb 2015
170 White-shouldered Tanager Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
171 Tawny-crested Tanager El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
172 Crimson-backed Tanager Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
173 Blue-gray Tanager Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
174 Palm Tanager Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
175 Golden-hooded Tanager Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
176 Speckled Tanager Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
177 Plain-colored Tanager Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
178 Bay-headed Tanager Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
179 Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
180 Blue Dacnis Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
181 Shining Honeycreeper Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
182 Red-legged Honeycreeper Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
183 Green Honeycreeper Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
184 Blue-black Grassquit Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
185 Thick-billed Seed-Finch Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
186 Variable Seedeater Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
187 Bananaquit Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
188 Yellow-faced Grassquit Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
189 Rosy Thrush-Tanager Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
190 Buff-throated Saltator Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
191 Streaked Saltator Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 22 Feb 2015
192 Orange-billed Sparrow Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
193 Black-striped Sparrow Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
194 Hepatic Tanager Cerro Azul–The Hummingbird House PA-PN 19 Feb 2015
195 Summer Tanager Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
196 Red-crowned Ant-Tanager El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
197 Red-throated Ant-Tanager Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
198 Rose-breasted Grosbeak Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 15 Feb 2015
199 Blue-black Grosbeak Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 20 Feb 2015
200 Red-breasted Blackbird Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
201 Great-tailed Grackle Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 15 Feb 2015
202 Shiny Cowbird El Valle de Antón PA-CC 24 Feb 2015
203 Yellow-backed Oriole Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
204 Yellow-tailed Oriole Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
205 Baltimore Oriole Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 15 Feb 2015
206 Yellow-billed Cacique Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
207 Scarlet-rumped Cacique Pipeline Road (Camino del Oleoducto) PA-CL 18 Feb 2015
208 Yellow-rumped Cacique Parque Natural Metropolitano PA-PN 16 Feb 2015
209 Chestnut-headed Oropendola Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 23 Feb 2015
210 Yellow-crowned Euphonia Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama PA-PN 17 Feb 2015
211 Thick-billed Euphonia Clayton PA-PN 16 Feb 2015

#400 – The Common Redpoll

After waking up to several feet of snow in our backyard after the largest storm of the year – Anthony went out and dug trails to all the bird feeders such that they could all be topped up to feed what we knew would be very hungry birds!

It was so worth the effort as our VERY FIRST Common Redpoll visited Casa Baskey and it was a first sighting for both of us.  Anthony saw him/her in the bush and I saw just enough of him/her on the deck rail to make the identification.  It was great!   Redpolls have been “in the area” but we kept missing the sightings and then lo & behold, one visits our backyard after a major winter storm to feast from one of our very many feeders.

Although it was gone before I could get the camera out, I will share this image of a territorial American Tree Sparrow ready to duke it out with a Dark-eyed Junco for prime real estate to get feed not in a manger!

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Then, later the American Tree Sparrow was quite happy to share space with a Mourning Dove.

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I do hope the common redpoll returns to our backyard, but in the meanwhile, since I have no photos to show him/her off – here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with information on this delightful little bird!

February 03, 2015 – Update!
This blog post was just announced by Cornell Lab of Ornithology – a great read about Redpolls and Siskins this winter season🙂

http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2015/02/03/the-redpolls-are-coming-the-redpolls-are-coming-and-siskins-too/

#399 The Snow Goose

#399 to our life list – the beautiful Snow Goose.   Submitted observations from eBird and a local birders email group reported that a Snow Goose (blue morph) was in the area with a flock of Canada Geese.  On my birthday (Jan 31st), we decided to go out and try our luck at the location it has been visiting.

It was COLD but so well worth the wait.  With Anthony’s power scope, we were able to locate it far off in the distance with a small sub-group of the larger flock of Canada Geese.   Anthony was able to digiscope the bird and we were delighted.   As our fingers began to lose their feeling from the sub-zero temperature, we were about to pack it up, when the small sub-group took flight and I was able to capture the beautiful bird with my own camera.  A personal fly by for my birthday!

It was quite an overcast day, so the photos are dark and grey – but I am delighted never the less for #399 … the Snow Goose.

Belwood, Ontario31 January 2015Snow Goose is new to life list!

Belwood, Ontario31 January 2015

South of Belwood Lake Bridge over the Grand River

South of Belwood Lake
Bridge over the Grand River

Portugal December 2014 – January 2015

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Madeira Firecrest (Endemic)

Added a field trip page for our recent trip to Portugal (Madeira Islands and a short layover in Lisbon). Please visit the field trip page for more information.

Spectacled Warblers - Ponta do Pargo - Madeira, Portugal

Spectacled Warblers – Ponta do Pargo – Madeira, Portugal

Netherlands (& Brussels)

During the last week of April, I travelled to Breda, Netherlands on business.  Although there were no “specific” birding trips (incidental birding), I paid close attention to birds in the cities and parks of where I travelled (and even from the train!).

Lovely birds were seen (including a white stork in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark) and in total, while on business – 37 species were noted and recorded.   Many were lifers!  and I was very happy to have brought my binoculars and camera with me on this trip🙂

Location S/P Date
1 Mute Swan Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
2 Black Swan Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
3 Egyptian Goose Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
4 Mallard Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
5 Tufted Duck Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
6 Ring-necked Pheasant Brussels BE-BRU 28 Apr 2014
7 Great Crested Grebe Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
8 White Stork Vondelpark NL-NH 03 May 2014
9 Great Cormorant Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
10 Gray Heron Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
11 Eurasian Moorhen Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
12 Eurasian Coot Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
13 Northern Lapwing Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
14 Bar-tailed Godwit Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
15 Black-headed Gull Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
16 Herring Gull Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
17 Lesser Black-backed Gull Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
18 Great Black-backed Gull Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
19 Common Tern Vondelpark NL-NH 03 May 2014
20 Rock Pigeon Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
21 Common Wood-Pigeon Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
22 Eurasian Collared-Dove Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
23 Great Spotted Woodpecker Vondelpark NL-NH 03 May 2014
24 Rose-ringed Parakeet Brussels BE-BRU 28 Apr 2014
25 Eurasian Jay Vondelpark NL-NH 03 May 2014
26 Eurasian Magpie Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
27 Eurasian Jackdaw Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
28 Rook Brussels BE-BRU 28 Apr 2014
29 Carrion Crow Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
30 Coal Tit Brussels BE-BRU 28 Apr 2014
31 Eurasian Blue Tit Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
32 Willow Warbler Hook of Holland NL-ZH 02 May 2014
33 Eurasian Blackbird Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
34 European Starling Brussels BE-BRU 28 Apr 2014
35 White Wagtail Breda NL-NB 27 Apr 2014
36 Common Chaffinch Vondelpark NL-NH 03 May 2014
37 House Sparrow Brussels BE-BRU 28 Apr 2014