Wilson's Plover that I found at Jones Beach on May 8th. Best of all about finding this bird was being able to share it with others. Click on the link to read the full report.
Northern Hawk Owl. Huge thanks to Joe Guinta for making this trip happen. Click on the link for additional photos of the Hawk Owl.
trifecta bragging rights after picking up in order, Tufted Duck, Ivory Gull and Northern Hawk Owl all on the same day. Two out the three were lifers and seeing them with Shai, Pat and Joan made it even more special. I am truly grateful for the kindness of Shai and Pat who invited me along.
Massachusetts Super Bowl of Birding led to a high octane weekend of birding. It was pretty amazing that 5 guys, some who had never met before were able to work so well with each other with little sleep. We did not do too shabby either in the competition and our host arranged for us to see a pretty neat bird - a Chaffinch, one of the best kept secrets in MA. There is a rumor that this team might be back, so keep an eye out for the Bloggerhead Kingbirds.
Pelagic and a good one it was with the weather not being too bad. I had gorgeous looks at Black-legged Kittiwakes and Northern Gannets.
My life Mourning Warbler, not one, but two in one day and I was able to get off a quick shot that captured this elusive bird. This was all thanks to Tom Burke's persistence.
Birding the Delmarva Peninsula with Shai Mitra, Patricia Lindsay and Gerta Fritz. Not many life birds on this trip (1 or 2...I think), but I had an amazing time with friends. Best of all, was meeting up with friend Andrew Ballideli. We had quite the celebration, but stayed focused enough to get in lots of good birding.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Jamaica Bay. Enjoyed stellar views of this bird on the shores of the West Pond trail at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. As luck would have it, I also re-found and was the last to see this bird on August 2nd.
Franklin Gull was a long shot chase, but successful thanks to the generosity of Ken and Sue Fuestel and Gerta Fritz who stayed with the bird until I got to the location. Once again the kindness of Pat Lindsay was appreciated who called to let me know of the bird (she had found it).
Wordless Wednesday submission to emphasize the point. No words needed!
No lofty goals for 2011, just to get better at birding. Do more on the conservation side and spend more time studying Shorebirds and Gulls. Maybe do some more Butterflying.
I am truly grateful for the many kindness from naturalists, birders and photographers that I have met in the short time I am birding. A special thank you to Shai Mitra, Patricia Lindsay, Tom Burke, Gail Benson, Joe Guinta, Joan Quinlan, Gerta Fritz and Lloyd Spitalnik for all your encouragement, tips and support. To all my readers, thank you and I hope you keep coming back. I'll do my best to keep you entertained :) Best wishes for a very healthy 2011 filled with birds!
Tags: Birding, Top-ten birding moments, Year End Review