Drove out to Dulles Airport today to pick up my daughter (returning from Norway) and realized I had more than an hour to kill. Found a great park nearby via the eBird app and had a great time seeing 18 species, including a lifer that had been eluding me the past few weeks!
Drove out Druid Hill Park in Baltimore for a relaxed birding walk and saw 33 species, including my first Great Crested Flycatcher!
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD, USA
199. White-breasted Nuthatch
200. Great Crested Flycatcher
Latest lifer: #857. Great Crested Flycatcher @ Druid Hill...
Headed out to Rockville yesterday and today to see a lovely pair of Mississippi Kites that had been spotted in a large tree overlooking an Elementary School. Very uncommon for the area and a pleasure to behold.
Stakeout Mississippi Kite, Rockville, MD, USA
198. Mississippi Kite
Drove up past Baltimore to Marshy Point on Sunday morning for a three hour bird walk and it was well worth the drive. Lots of great birding. And chalked up a few more lifers!
Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore County, MD, USA
192. Least Tern
193. Bald Eagle
194. Wood Thrush
Had a lovely time birding the Rocky Gorge Reservoir with the local Montgomery Birding Club, led by Cheryl Hogue. Enjoyed a few more lifers again!
Rocky Gorge Reservoir, Silver Spring MD, USA
183. Baltimore Oriole
184. Belted Kingfisher
185. Eastern Wood-Pewee
186. Acadian Flycatcher...
Got out early this morning to join a group of local birders for a rare spotting of a pair of Dickcissels. Got some great scope sightings, and also took in two more lifers. Very succesful and managed to get home in time for my 09:00 conference call!
Oaks Landfill, Gaithersburg, MD, USA...
We headed out to central Oregon for a first family reunion in almost two years and enjoyed some great hikes - including Black Butte Ranch, Camp Sherman and majestic Smith Rock - that provided me some excellent birding opportunities. Great to be on the west coast again, and awesome to have seen...
Back in the U.S. now and flew out to majestic Portland, Oregon for a long time coming family reunion.
Portland, OR, USA
146. Rufous Hummingbird
147. California Scrub-Jay
148. Purple Finch
149. Band-tailed Pigeon
150. Northern Flicker
151. Willow Flycatcher
Latest lifer: #832. Willow...
Saw some more great birds out on Mølen today.
Mølen, Vestfold, Norway
137. Common Scoter
138. Common Ringed Plover
139. Eurasian Blackcap
141. Eurasian Linnet
142. Common House-Martin
143. Song Thrush
144. Tree Pipit
145. European Goldfinch
Latest lifer: #830. Eurasian...
Went birding on beautiful Mølen today in Norway and saw some excellent birds - including a few new lifers!
Gjennestadvannet, Vestfold, Norway
132. Common Redshank
133. European Shag
134. Mistle Thrush
135. Rock Pipit
136. Reed Bunting
Latest lifer: #829. Reed Bunting @...
Saw some more great birds today.
Fornebu, Akershus, Norway
128. Barnacle Goose
Linnesstranda, Buskerud, Norway
129. Common Shelduck
130. Little Ringed Plover
Latest lifer: #826. Little Ringed Plover @ Linnesstranda, Buskerud, NO
Met some local birders today and saw some of their favorite spots - including 4 Cranes, for a new lifer!
118. Tufted Duck
119. Eurasian Coot
120. Common Crane
121. Northern Lapwing
122. Common Raven
123. Common Chiffchaff
124. Common Chaffinch
125. Carrion Crow
Back in beautiful Norway now and have picked up a few more year birds...
112. Eurasian Oystercatcher
113. Black-headed Gull
114. Eurasian Jackdaw
115. Eurasian Blackbird
116. Northern Wheatear
117. White Wagtail
Latest lifer: #824. Purple Sandpiper @ Stone Harbor...
So, on my way back from Cape May (where it was raining buckets) I caught wind that a Glossy Ibis had been sighted in Montgomery County, where I live. I've enjoyed seeing it both in Doha and in Delaware (US) but never in Maryland.
So quickly headed down for the chase and happy to see lots of...
My last weekend before heading back to Norway and being reunited with my family after 7 weeks. So, I drove up to Cape May, NJ - one of the very best (if not the very best) -birding spots in the U.S. - to see many great spring migrants.
An amazing experience, will have to go back when I can...