• Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Boca Raton FL, November 26, 2013.

    New yard bird: Green Heron

    By / November 28, 2013

    The week before Thanksgiving continues to be busy at the homestead. On Tuesday and Wednesday—both rainy, windy mornings—we had a special visit from a new bird for the yard: Butorides virescens, the Green Heron. It’s a nice little marsh bird, but rather uncommon here so far from the nearest canal or other permanent wetland. We… Read more

  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). Boca Raton, FL, March 1, 2013.

    Shooting through glass doors

    By / March 1, 2013

    When you have the opportunity for a photo of a bird in a nice setting, you run for your camera. This Northern Cardinal was singing in the starburst and bougainvillea on our neighbor’s property, in perfect view of our glass doors in back. So I went and grabbed my camera and fired off a few… Read more

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    Spread your wings at Pondhawk

    By / November 27, 2012

    The Monday after Thanksgiving is a great time to get out to a nearby natural area. While most folks are back at work after a four-day weekend, those of us who have the foresight to request this day off get to experience something fairly rare around this time of year: solitude! The prospect of some… Read more

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    New backyard bird: Chimney Swift

    By / May 11, 2012

    A bird that’s probably familiar to many of you is Chaetura pelagica (Linnaeus, 1758), more commonly known as Chimney Swift. It’s been described by Alexander Sprunt (1954) as “resembl[ing] in appearance a cigar on wings” because of its tubular body and long, long wings. Most of the time you see it on the wing, flying overhead… Read more

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    Flowering trees

    By / May 5, 2011

    Flowering trees add visual interest to your home landscape, sure. Some of them, like this Tabebuia tree (Tabebuia chrysotricha), that’s about all they do: And they only do it for about three weeks a year. The picture above, taken in my front yard in late March, shows a beautiful yellow trumpet-flower tabebuia; today that tree… Read more

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    Happy (belated) birthday, John James Audubon

    By / April 27, 2011

    I’ve been sick, and preoccupied with a new house and new baby, so I missed it: yesterday was the 226th birthday of John James Audubon. Google did a very nice special logo of it: In celebration of the event, I thought long and hard about rereading one of the many fine biographies of the man,… Read more

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    Bird on a wire (er, palm frond)

    By / November 24, 2010

    In the spirit of just getting out there, here is one of the cool birds (well, the only cool bird) Eric and I saw on our morning stroll down to pick up the last-minute pre-Thanksgiving groceries: As you can tell by the blurriness of the image, I don’t bring my tripod along with me when… Read more

  • Mockingbird snacks out back

    By / September 14, 2010

    According to Tom Lodge, “the flora and fauna present when Columbus arrived in what he called the New World (the Western Hemisphere) had arrived in the region by their own modes of dispersal, and had succeeded based on their tolerance of the climate, the habitats, competition, and numerous other factors” (183). And that’s why we encourage… Read more

  • When is a burrowing owl like a prairie dog?

    By / August 30, 2010

    So I was riding my bike Saturday morning with Eric. It was hot. Hotter than last weekend, when the nice west wind and cloud cover brought a noticeable (not strong, just noticeable) coolness to one or two shady areas along the ride. This morning there was no such thing. It was hot. Anyway, the heat… Read more

  • Upland Sandpiper, a new life bird

    By / August 25, 2010

    On last weekend’s scouting expedition to western Palm Beach County we found a new life bird for me: Upland Sandpiper. Finding a life bird is getting to be a rarer and rarer event. Now that my Florida list is over 250 species (nowhere near the “full count” of 500+ that have been documented in the… Read more

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