Category Archives: Nature

Following the Guadalhorce

A friendly little Sardinian Warbler hopping around outside my window was the first bird I saw on my last full day in Spain. I’d heard and seen countless others over the course of the vacation, but I savored the quiet … Continue reading

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Serranía and Salt

I stepped out on to the balcony in Ronda and watched color return to the valley below as squawking flocks of Red-billed Choughs wheeled overhead. It was a dramatic, marvelous scene to wake up to, but we weren’t lingering to … Continue reading

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Damn, Strait!

Being able to see a different continent from the one you’re standing on is a rare treat. On the beach outside our temporary home in Tarifa, the northern coast of Africa was visible about 9 miles away. This stretch of … Continue reading

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Do You Wanna See Doñana?

We departed from Seville under cover of darkness, driving towards the Atlantic coast. There was an hour of drive time to go before our predawn appointment with the Discovering Doñana tour company, an outfitter that offers access to Spain’s most … Continue reading

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The Lords of La Mancha

Walking along the cobblestone streets of Almagro, just as the first hints of light began to lift the shadows from the buildings, felt like a stroll through the pages of a storybook. The traditional appearance of the town is strongly … Continue reading

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¡Hola, España!

I was fortunate enough to travel extensively in the United States and Canada with my family when I was growing up, reaching all 50 states before I started college. In my undergrad years, I also made trips to St. Lucia, … Continue reading

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The Music of the Night

Nocturnal birding is an experience quite unlike typical daylight outings. Without the benefit of clear vision to locate and identify targets, it is often necessary to step outside one’s comfort zone and rely on auditory cues or brief, dimly-lit views. … Continue reading

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Simply Superb

Seeking out Strigiformes on Superb Owl Sunday is now something of a personal tradition. This “holiday’s” efforts were much more subdued than last year, since I elected to sleep in rather than wake up before the sun. There were several factors … Continue reading

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Long Island Life

It’s been a bit of a slow year so far. By this time in 2017, I’d already been on trips that took me to New York’s offshore waters, Connecticut, the Adirondacks, and Canada in search of rare birds. Even in 2016, … Continue reading

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Settling the Scores

I suffer from acute birding FOMO. Passing up on opportunities for exploration and discovery, especially alongside friends, bums me out. Last year, Taylor and Brent worked to organize a grassroots bird survey in the style of Audubon’s official Christmas Bird … Continue reading

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