Avian Monitoring Internship Update

To say that I have been busy is an understatement. I have been consumed! And I’m exactly where I want to be. I have been monitoring bird activity across 600 acres in Frederick County for the past nine weeks and recording my observations in a weekly newsletter for Fox Haven Farm. Here’s the link to…

A Post About Birding and Forgetting, and Then Remembering.

I went to Delaware last week with the expectation of having a big birding week – I was disappointed. It was my fault. I hyped up the trip in my mind. The wind was too strong, the birds weren’t biting and I really just had the wrong attitude about it. I had planned this trip a…

Sparrows: Recent Sightings and Five Future Hopes For Summer 2016

I have been very fortunate to have viewed a lot of sparrows on “my list”. White-throated, white-crowned, American tree, and field sparrows all overwinter at my home – dark-eyed juncos too. Song sparrows are year round residents here and in the warmer months I have at least two chipping sparrows that join me (though they haven’t…

Mating American Kestrels

Another incredible week. This week I started an internship (yes, another one) conducting bird and nest surveys for 600 acres in Maryland. The focus of this internship is to document avian diversity on the property in its various habitats (lawn, edge, woodland, etc.) and to document nesting activities on 80 nesting sites.  This is includes a writing component, a…

Downy Woodpecker In Suburbia

When I enter the woods in a rural area, it takes a good 30 minutes for the birds to resume their usual activities after my disruption. In suburban areas, the wait time is typically five minutes. I’m always impressed by that, but it makes sense because these birds have acclimated to their human occupied surroundings. Trails, parks and preservation…

Barred owl. Finally.

This month I’ve been interning at a bird of prey rehab center. I have spent some time with several different types of birds, cooper’s hawks, screech owls, barred owl, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks and even an American bald eagle. Last week I spent an larger portion of my time at the center with two different…

Birking March 10, 2016

I might have delayed my work day so that I could bird a little…I like to call it “birking”, it’s playing hooky from work to go birding. It seemed to fit at the time, so I’m sticking with it! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to bird because of a shoulder injury. I…

Christmas Bird Count

The CBC in my area happened over the weekend. It’s a pity that I wasn’t able to participate as much as I did last year. I did all of my birding during the CBC with a fever. On the big day it was a balmy 34 F out. Lucky for me, I lived in Sweden…

Dark-eyed Junco

I’m really missing the snow this year. Winter is my favorite time of year. While many complain about the cold and the darkness, I welcome it. The woods are clearer of traffic, there aren’t any allergies to worry about and it’s easier to bird. There’s nothing like freezing your butt off outside and then returning…

Thanksgiving with the turkeys: 2015

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary located in Poolesville, Maryland. Poolesville is a unique location because it’s just across the Potomac from Virginia and about 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. making it very accessible to the public. This past year there were a record number of participants at the sanctuary’s most popular annual…

This is no chicken dance

Photo: Wiki Commons/Sandy Cole Apparently, it isn’t about how one talks the talk, or walks the walk, but how one dances the dance. A scientific report published on Nature.Com this month examines the courtship rituals of the socially monogamous songbird the Blue-capped Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus). Scientists from the university of Hokkaido and the Max Planck…