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Embark on the *ReLive* Series

Posted Thursday 18th October 2007 at 01:29 by birderbf
Beginning as soon as all computer troubles have been shot, I will begin a series that will relive various memorable times in my search for birds (actually, I only need photoshop reinstalled now, then it's all clear).

I thought it'd be nice to begin witha tease from the plane trip north to Nova Scotia this August. It was the most superb and scenic flight I have been one. I had recently crowned a short hop to Toronto that title, as it flew directly over Manhattan in the first minutes,...
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Winter Finch forecast becoming truer and truer!

Posted Sunday 14th October 2007 at 19:43 by birderbf
First Purple Finches began invading the mid-Atlantic states in unusually large numbers. Just yesterday, a Pine Siskin flight was noted along Long Island's barrier beaches. A saw-whet owl seen at a confidential location was mentioned due to unusual daytime behavior. All these were mentioned as being likely candidates for irruption this year (the crossbills aren't scheduled to head south though).

In case you haven't seen it, here's highlights from it (I deleted accounts of birds not...
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*Swamp* Sparrow?

Posted Friday 12th October 2007 at 01:52 by birderbf
I always feel this certain happiness when I see a Swamp Sparrow. They are, for me, the quintessence of an eastern marsh. Only the best can attract Swamp Sparrows. There was a Swamp Sparrowy marsh in Nova Scotia (gotta get around to writing that up with photos for the blog here) that also held Pied-billed Grebes and Green-winged Teal (both very rare breeders there) and a bunch of Soras. Last weekend, on the snipe hunt, I was watching one of the only warblers of the day (a Yellow-rumped) when a sparrow...
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Snipe Hunt!!

Posted Sunday 7th October 2007 at 21:30 by birderbf
Updated Sunday 7th October 2007 at 21:39 by birderbf
I joined my local Audubon chapter today for a walk at the Massapequa preserve, THE best place on the Long Island to see Wilson's Snipes. it also can be good for migrants, and great for typical woodland species, but neither were in abundance today.
At the reliable pond, a snipe was quickly found, and I found a second one. But I wasn't done shorebirding yet - among the numerous yellowlegs of both species were a smattering of dowitchers. I had planned on seeing Long-billed here at this inland...
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The Western that almost Wasn't

Posted Friday 5th October 2007 at 18:30 by birderbf
The other day at Jones Beach was quite slow migrant-wise, but the shorebird variety on the beach was pleasing. Among the many Sanderlings were my first-of-the-season Dunlin (over forty) and a surprising 15+ Western Sandpipers, just on that small part of the beach I covered. Definitely the most WESA's there I had ever seen, shattering the recored of 3 I made a month ago. Also, there were no other peep species in the area.

The Western that wasn't, however, was on the jetty, I was watching...
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