Monday, December 31, 2012


Well we saw this bird on the same trip as the last post and I thought this bird was a Double-crested Cormorant but it was actually upon closer looking it turned out to be a Great Cormorant.

Well that makes our 2012 BIG YEAR TOTAL TO 351!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned for more birding adventures!! Tomorrow we are planning on going to Salton Sea, California!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Last Trip of the Year

Hello fellow birders!! Our last Big Year Birding trip was on the 23rd of December and we did pretty good. We headed out to Assateague Island National Seashore arriving at 7am. We stopped at the visitors center and walked around there and was going to walk over the bridge but the sidewalk on the bridge was closed. Near the bridge we saw Brants! One of our target birds!

Next we saw some Buffleheads then we headed over to the Island.

Red-throated Loon
All the new birds we saw are also lifer birds for us too. Our second lifer was a bird that everyone wishes they could get a photo of and we failed to do that. But I must saw we were so close to it we were just in awe of the bird! This bird was perched on the railing of the bridge and we were driving up to it and it didn't move but once we stopped it stayed there for a second or two and it flew away. We got a good enough look at it to say it was for sure a Peregrine Falcon! What a beauty that was.

We stopped off at a pond that had some American Black Ducks, and American Wigeons. We were hoping for an Eurasian Wigeon that had been spotted in the area with other wigeons, but no luck.

Next we spotted some other common birds that we had already seen this year. Then as we were heading out of the park and driving over the bridge I spotted a Red-throated Loon!

Once we had that we headed north for Ocean City Inlet. We saw lots of Ring-billed Gulls there and I hope you don't mind if I share a photo of them as our nephew was feeding them.

After not seeing any Purple Sandpipers on the jetty and we walked all the way out to the end and my husband actually fell on the rocks :( We headed for Delaware State Park. We stopped at the marina and then headed over near the bridge and walked over to the other side and saw the rest of our lifers! Long-tailed Ducks, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter and Purple Sandpiper. Sadly we were unable to get a clear picture of the Surf Scoter but clear enough for us to tell what it is.
Purple Sandpiper
Black Scoters

Long-tailed Ducks

I hope you have all enjoyed our birding trips and we do plan on doing another big year in 2014. We want to be able to plan it out much better. So if you have any tips or suggestions feel free to leave a comment below. Also who would like keep reading about our birding adventures? I'm thinking about keeping this blog going. :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's finally over!!!

Hello everyone!! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I must say Christmas isn't really a joyful time of year for me; my Grandma passed away 16 years ago on Christmas. Died in her sleep I was the last one to see her alive and I try to enjoy the holidays but really I can't wait til they are over. This year we were at Simon's moms and her house was fully decorated with Christmas this and that...still couldn't get in the Christmas cheer. So I am looking forward to getting back on the road, which we just left MD, and being done with all the holiday cheer that everyone seems to have but me!! Maybe it's the fact that I don't have a tree to decorate this year or that I'm getting older. But whatever it is to me this year it's just another day.

Anyway, we did make it out birding while there and went to Assateague National Seashore Park, Ocean City, and Delaware State Park. I will be blogging about that tomorrow just wanted to get my lack of holiday cheer off my chest.....

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Revised Goal!

We have revised our goal for a big year. We realize that we can NOT get to our original goal of 400. So we are now shooting for 350 species by the end of the year.

We will be going to Maryland for Christmas and while we are there we will be going over to Assateague Island National Seashore and Ocean City. We have 10 birds we want to get while there.
~Long-tailed Duck
~White-winged Scoter
~Peregine Falcon
~Surf Scoter
~Red-throated Loon
~Common Eider
~Iceland Gull
~Purple Sandpiper
~Winter Wren
~Snow Bunting
~Pink-footed Goose

The Pink-footed Goose and Snow Bunting has also been spotted in Maryland and Deleware so if we can spot those that would be an added bonus!!

We will be going out to the coast a day or so after Christmas and I will be updating you on the birds we saw after that. Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Antelope Island State Park

Oh boy, it's been a while since I've posted! Well lets see we've gotten six new birds since then sorry I haven't posted. I've been busy with non bird related things and also due to the fact that we just haven't really seen much of anything these past few months.

In August, we got a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in South Dakota. Only new bird we got that month. South Dakota really didn't help us find any new birds, except that flycatcher.

September rolled around with no birds at all, but then again we really didn't go out looking either!

October came with four new birds. Two in California and two in Arizona. In California we stopped along highway 58 by a stream and got some shots of a White-tailed Kite and Lawerence's Goldfinch. Arizona got us Jupiter Titmouse and Palm Warbler. The warbler was in fact out of range! That one was in Flagstaff, AZ behind a truck stop in some trees. The Jupiter Titmouse was out in the desert!
White-crowned Sparrow

Here are our monthly totals so far~
January- 117
February- 35
March- 53
April- 47
May- 76
June- 6
July- 3
August- 1
September- 0
October- 4
November- 1
December- .....

Well you're probably wondering what is the one bird we came across in November was. Well it was a great find. A ground bird that you can apparently always find on Antelope Island State Park. A Chukar! We spent the day there and saw nice wildlife and birds there.

We saw lots of gulls, ring-billed and California Gulls, and some Northern Shovelers along the 7 mile causeway to get to the island. Once we made it to the island we spotted a Bison! The bison are the most populated animal on the island. There are also Mule Deer, Coyotes, Bighorn Sheep, Porcupine, and plenty of birds.


Our first stop was the visitor center where the bird feeders are. There was actually no feed in the feeder so the only birds around was White-crowned Sparrows. On our way to the ranch we spotted a Prairie Falcon flying by. So we made our way down to the Garr Ranch in search of a Barn luck, but did see American Robin, Song Sparrow, and about 8-10 Northern Flickers.  After taking some photography shots for my Facebook
Prairie Falcon
page we then headed back to the visitor center stopping often to take photos of deer, bison, coyote, and a rare shot of a porcupine.

When we returned there was feed in the feeder and an assortment of birds at the feeder ~ Red-winged Blackbirds, Black-billed Magpies, California Quail, Chukar and White-crowned Sparrows. With a new lifer and a new year bird our trip was turning out great! Will have to try and get back there in the spring.

Wish us luck in finding more birds to finish our big year!