Thursday, October 30, 2014

Life Birds at Work

Had great looks at an Eurasian Wigeon at Parker NWR and two Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Salisbury while I was traveling for work today. I'd call that a good day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Piping Plover's Incredible Journey

On August 31, 2014 I photographed a banded Piping Plover at Bolivar Flat Shorebird Sanctuary in Bolivar, Texas. I submitted the band information and recently received word that this particular bird was banded on June 19, 2013 as a one day old chick on the East Side of Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. Then seen in Florida in the winter of 2013-2014. That's a minimum 2,100 mile one way trip!  This 2 oz. bird that's the size of a tennis ball traveled roughly the distance from Boston to Salt Lake City in twelve months. It is a perfect example of why we should all have the utmost respect for nature.

My photo is on its way. This one is courtesy of Jennifer Wilson.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Year Bird #300: Sedge Wren

Thanks to the super accurate and helpful coordinates provided by Ryan D. I was able to relocate Anthony L's Sedge Wren at Dunback Meadows. A life bird for me, I was struck by how small the bird was. It popped up out of the marsh grass and perched in a shrub inquisitively. It made very little sound only occasionally "buzzing" as it cocked its stubby tail. It disappeared again into the grass and I headed off to work as large group was assembling to continue the hunt.