Tag Archives: BIRDS

California Dreamin’

I welcome any excuse to take a break from the regular routine and get away for a little while. It’s even better when the invitation to escape includes cause for celebration. Earlier this year, I received a “save the date” … Continue reading

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Migrants on the Move

Despite the increased responsibilities and reduced free time resulting from a new academic year, I’ve managed to make good use of my breaks from lesson planning in the initial half of September. When I checked the weather projections at the … Continue reading

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Feels Like Fall

For the first time in several months, I’m writing this blog post from the train on my morning commute. A new school year has begun, but this is the first academic cycle where I’ll be a full time teacher without … Continue reading

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Henslow Ride

It’s not easy to get off Long Island in a timely fashion. Fighting traffic through New York City is almost always a hassle no matter which direction you go. On Sunday, May 28, 2017, I had the quickest, most painless … Continue reading

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2016 Top 10 Lifers

For this post, I’m limiting my “Top 10” list to life birds only. I’ve seen so many amazing birds this year, and it’s hard enough to pick the best out of the 62 brand-new species I’ve encountered since January. All … Continue reading

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2016 Achievement Awards

Well, folks…it’s been a hell of a ride! A time-honored tradition in nature blogging is an annual review of the year’s highlights. 2016 had its share of awesome moments, so I’m recognizing the standouts in several categories before doing my … Continue reading

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A Provisional Goose Chase

“All 8 species are in the bag, so no more wild goose chases are needed this year. Unless, of course, something really exceptional shows up!” –Tim Healy, February 1, 2016 Sometimes, I say things. Sometimes, those things are not correct. … Continue reading

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A Wet Christmas

The week of work before a vacation is always a total slog. I fought my way through a slow five days, taking care to deliver my best lessons and record the data I needed for grad classes. The all-too-slow drip … Continue reading

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Count On It

December is a busy time of year for most people. I’ve been scrambling to take care of work obligations, grad school due dates, and holiday shopping while trying to maintain a balance of rest and responsibility. Fortunately, the stressful schedule … Continue reading

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A Windy, Wonderful Weekend

December began with a chill, bringing cold winds as a front swept in from the north. I was woefully under-dressed for my early Saturday excursion to Jones Beach. No hat, no gloves, and only a T-shirt beneath my leather jacket left … Continue reading

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