Birding Travels Birding Travels Northern Saw-Whet Owl Oberlin, OH Lifer! 197633598 Ladder-backed Woodpecker Harlingen, TX 190803825 Northern Saw-Whet Owl Oberlin, OH Lifer! 197633599 Great Kiskadee Harlingen, TX 190803826 Green Kingfisher Harlingen, TX 190803827 White-collared Seedeater (Female) Zapata County, TX (South of Laredo) 190803828 Ringed Kingfisher In Tamaulipas near Reynosa, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from McAllen, TX 190803829 Great Kiskadee Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, TX 190803830 Buff-bellied Hummingbird Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, TX 190803831 Harris's Hawk Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, TX 190803835 White-tailed Kite Old Port Isabel Road, between Harlingen and Brownsville/South Padre Island, TX. 190803838 Long-billed Curlew Old Port Isabel Road, between Harlingen and Brownsville/South Padre Island, TX. 190803839 Aplomado Falcon Old Port Isabel Road, between Harlingen and Brownsville/South Padre Island, TX. 190803840 Red-fronted Parrot Harlingen, TX 190803841 Altamira Oriole National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX 190803842 Marbled Godwit Laguna Madre near South Padre Island, TX. 190803843 Black-crowned Night-heron, adult The pictures I'm posting are from our South Florida trip and Italy trips from last summer! Enjoy! This BCNH was stone-still, trying to hunt. We met another birder on the trail (and it was HOT) who had found a juvenile and was trying to ID it. 190835216 Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk This guy was at the Shark Valley parking lot, being attacked by a mockingbird. 190835217 Limpkin I've told this story before, here it is again! We were walking back when this large bird walks out from the forest in front of us. I thought it was a juvenile White Ibis, but right at that time a tram (for tours) came by. I told the guide what I had seen, and luckily it had wandered back out! Then he ID'ed it as a Limpkin (which I had 0 knowledge of at the time). 190835218 Eastern Meadowlark 190835219 Monk/Quaker Parakeet 190835220 Osprey with Fish 190835221 Little Blue Heron 190835222 Anhinga 190835223 Purple Gallinule 190835224 Swallow-tailed Kite 190835225 Common Swifts-Italy Here starts the Italy part of the pictures! 190835226 Western Jackdaw 190835227 Female Black Redstart 190835228 Chaffinch 190835229 Mount Blanc Just to give you a taste of were I was for one week out of the three I stayed. 190835230 European Goldfinch 190835231 White Wagtail The Italians call these guys 'ballerinas'! They are related to pipits and do wag their tails! Walk a lot like plovers, though. 190835232 Carrion Crow 190835233 Eurasian Coot 190835234 Grey Heron 190835235 Blue Tit 190835236 Little Ringed Plover 190835237 Egyptian Goose 190835238 Newfoundland Once again, not birds, but it was the first time I was on a plane for 10 years! 190835239 European Magpie 190835240 Grey Wagtail 190835241 Lago d' Arpy This is where I *may* have seen a pair of Golden Eagles and a few Chaffinches. Also, maybe a chough. Really a pain to hike up to, but worth it! 190835242 Hooded Crow 190835243 Tufted Titmouse- Arkansas 193477200 White-eyed Vireo Singing 193477201 Bald Eagle 193477202 Tree Swallows 193477203 Barn Swallow 193477204 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 193477205 Late Horned Grebe 193477206 Horned Grebe 193477207 Yellow-throated Warbler 193477208 Yellow-throated Warbler 193477209 Yellow-throated Warbler 193477210 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 193477211 Eastern Kingsnake 193477212 Carolina Chickadee 193477213 Carolina Chickadee 193477214 Orange-crowned Warbler 193477215 Orange-crowned Warbler 193477216 Violets 193477217 Nashville Warbler 193477218 193477219 Eastern Fence Lizard 193477220 Ruby-throated Hummingbird- FOY 193477221 Broad-winged Hawk 193477222 Broadhead (?) Skink 193477223 Summer Tanager 193477224 Fluffy Blue Jay 193477225 Great Crested Flycatcher 193477226 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 193477227 Proth- er, Golden Swamp-Warbler 193477228 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 193477229 Swainson's Hawk & Western Kingbird Kingbirds are ferocious fighters and defend their territory at all costs 194736109 Western Willets Barr Lake SP 194736110 House Wren One of the most numerous and successful North American birds, the House Wren can be found in a wide variety of habitats across the continent. 194736111 Western Kingbird Barr Lake SP 194736112 American Dipper Wild Basin, Rocky Mtn. NP 194736113 Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel 194736114 Gray-headed Junco Currently considered a race of Dark-eyed, not a full species 194736115 Black-billed Magpie Common in the west 194736116 Pygmy Nuthatch This curious little fledgling got all tangled up in some nesting material while exploring a Violet-green Swallow nest and was dangling from this Ponderosa Pine; thankfully a rehabilitator captured and cared for the bird. 194736117 Broad-tailed Hummingbird Montane species looking somewhat reminiscent of our Ruby-throated Hummingbird 194736118 Comparison House vs Cassin's Finch One of the trickiest North American bird identification challenges is that between the House and Cassin's Finch. House is a cosmopolitan species found continent-wide after it's introduction to the east; Cassin's Finch is a Western specialty. 194736119 Comparison House vs Cassin's Finch House Finch on Left, Cassin's Finch on Right. 194736120 Female Black-headed Grosbeak Banding 194736121 Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird Banded 194736122 Male Rufous Hummingbird Banded 194736123 Never Summer Mountains Rather appropriately named with all that snow in July! 194736124 White-tailed Ptarmigan 194736125 White-tailed Ptarmigan 194736126 Brown-capped Rosy-finch 194736127 Mountain Bluebird 194736128 Elk Elk are overabundant in Rocky Mountain National Park thanks to a lack of predators and have become a major problem in recent years. 194736129 Golden Eagle Lava Cliffs, RMNP 194736131 Pika Related to the rabbits and hares 194736132 Pika The Pika is variable in fur color; this one has coppery tones whereas the previous individual is more grayish overall 194736133 Rocky Mountain Scenery 194736134 Clark's Nutcracker 194736135 Red-naped Sapsucker 194736236 Western Wood-Pewee 194736237 Western Tanager One of North America's most striking birds. 194736238 Horned Lark Larks by the hundreds on the prairie! 194736239 Western Meadowlark The quintessential American Prairie bird 194736240 Lark Bunting This sparrow is Colorado's state bird; Pawnee National Grasslands, CO 194736241 Short Horned Lizard 194736242 McCown's Longspur The Pawnee's most common longspur 194736243 McCown's Longspur 194736244 Common Nighthawk Crow Valley Campground, Briggsdale, CO 194736245 Prairie Rattlesnake Lyons, CO 194736246 Violet-green Swallow Estes Park, CO 194736247 Grand Manan Scenery Located off southern New Brunswick Grand Manan is the Canadian jumping-off point for Machias Seal Island, a large alcid colony with over 4,000 puffins 194736248 Machias Seal Island Lightstation Uninhabited except for the lightkeepers, Machias Seal Island is still disputed territory between the U.S. and Canada from a feud dating from unsettled claims stemming from the War of 1812. Some things never change... 194736249 Razorbill 194736250 Razorbill 194736251 Grey Seal 194736252 Tufted Puffin Yes, there is a Tufted Puffin in there! look to the left of the prominent blind. 194736253 Common Murre Machias Seal Island is there southernmost breeding colony 194736254 Black Guillemot Unlike the other alcids, one needs not to venture to isolated rocky outcrops to spot the common Black Guillemot. Mainland harbors and islets are just fine for breeding spots for this non-colonial bird. 194736255 Harbor Seals North Rock, New Brunswick, Canada 194736256 Attempting to Land, Machias Seal Island Landing on Machias Seal Island is a completely different experience than circling the island by boat. Huddled in a blind, it's just you and the puffins. One of the few puffin colonies where you can actually walk among the puffins, it's still not easy getting on the island. After the 1.5 hr boat ride from the harbor on Grand Manan you risk life and limb transferring to the island on a small dinghy. 194736257 Machias Seal Island The Canadian government manages the island as a Bird Sanctuary and Coast Guard outpost 194736258 Atlantic Puffin 194736259 Atlantic Puffin 194736260 Atlantic Puffin One of the world's best-loved and most characteristic birds. 194736261 Feeding the Young Puffins rely on the vagaries of baitfish populations for reproductive success. It is believed global warming is affecting the distribution of Puffin food-fish such as capelin, herring, and sandlance. 194736262 Pair of Atlantic Puffins Puffins are gregarious birds, gathering by the thousands to nest at traditional colonies. 194736263 Common Murre, Bridled Morph The Bridled Morph is uncommon and is identified by the stripe behind the eye. For unknown reasons Bridled Murres are found only in the Atlantic and Alaska but not in the rest of the Common Murre's large Pacific range. 194736264 An Indecision of Puffins There is some debate over what a group of puffins is to be called. Suggestions include "burrow", "circus", and my favorite, an "indecision". 194736265 Arctic Tern Arctic, Common, Roseate, and Black Terns formerly bred on Machias Seal Island by the thousands. After several years of mysterious disappearance, possibly caused by gull predation, a few hundred Arctic Terns nested on Machias Seal Island in 2014. The other terns however have not returned. 194736266 Bouvardia ternifolia The "firecrackerbush" is limited to southeastern Arizona in the U.S. it is one of the flowering plants that attracts hummingbirds from Mexico north during the monsoon season in July & August. 194753708 Mexican Jay Ash Canyon B&B, Hereford, AZ 194753709 Curve-billed Thrasher Juvenile at Ash Canyon 194753710 Broad-billed Hummingbird Ash Canyon B&B 194753711 Anna's Hummingbird Ash Canyon B&B. Anna's Hummingbird has spread throughout the west in recent years and now stays longer, too. Hummingbird feeders can be given most of the credit for their expansion. 194753712 Black-chinned Hummingbird Closely related to the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, geography alone is the best way to distinguish female/juvenile types between the two similar species. 194753713 Lucifer Hummingbird On the left at Ash Canyon B&B 194753714 Summer Tanager Female at San Pedro National Riparian Area. 194753715 Barrel Cactus Flowering at Patagonia Lake State Park 194753716 Rufous-winged Sparrow One of the most localized sparrows in the United States. Patagonia Lake SP 194753717 Rufous-winged Sparrow Patagonia Lake SP 194753718 Warbling Vireo More common in the west, the Warbling Vireo is declining in the East but the Eastern and Western subspecies may be split in the near future. 194753719 Bridled Titmouse Paton's Hummingbird Haven, Patagonia, AZ 194753720 Gila Woodpecker Woodpeckers are very fond of hummingbird feeders, especially the common Gila and Ladder-backeds. 194753721 Northern Cardinal The Southwestern subspecies of Cardinal is brighter and bigger-crested than their eastern cousins. 194753722 Inca Dove Paton's Hummingbird Haven, with Brown-headed Cowbirds. 194753723 Broad-billed Hummingbird (imm. male) The female types of this species might be mistaken for a White-eared Hummingbird by over-enthusiastic birders but upon seeing the female White-eared the crisper colors and greater contrast on the White-eared are readily identifiable from the much more abundant Broad-billed. 194753724 White-eared Hummingbird (female) Beatty's Ranch, Miller Canyon, AZ. Premier place in the United States to see White-eared Hummingbird. Notice the snowy white supercilium and the black malar stripe which are more vibrant than the other Broad-billed Hummingbird. 194753725 White-eared Hummingbird (male) Notice the iridescent violet fore-crown on the male. 194753726 White-eared Hummingbird 194753727 Beetle Huachuca Canyon 194753728 Arizona Woodpecker Huachuca Canyon 194753729 Plain-capped Starthroat A Group of these rare hummingbirds, Mexican vagrants, showed up at Santa Rita lodge in Madera Canyon July-August 2014. The incomplete gorget suggests juvenile; unlike most North American hummingbirds the adults are not sexually dimorphic. 194753730 Plain-capped Starthroat. Madera Canyon, AZ 194753731 Lesser Goldfinch Madera Canyon 194753732 Wild Turkey Gould's Race, Madera Canyon 194753733 Black-throated Gray Warbler Madera Canyon 194753734 Black-headed Grosbeak Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon 194753735 San Xavier del Bac Mission Tohono O'odham Nation. The historic mission, completed in 1797, forms a backdrop to a Gila Woodpecker hole in a Saguaro 194753936 Gila Woodpecker On Saguaro. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum grounds. 194753937 Verdin Playing hide-and-seek in a Paloverde at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 194753938 Cactus Wren In a yucca at AZ-Sonora Desert Museum 194753939 Blackcap 194813596 Curlew Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plovers 194813597 Eurasian Coot 194813598 European Blackbird 194813599 Common Pochard 194813600 Egyptian Goose 194813601 Ruff 194813602 Black-headed Gull 194813603 Greenfinch 194813604 Reddish Egret Port Orange Causeway Park, Volusia County, FL. This bird was a lifer. 196755458 Snowy Egret Port Orange Causeway Park, Volusia County, FL. 196755459 Distant Black-bellied Plover and American Oystercatcher Both were lifers! 196755460 Brown Pelicans and American Oystercatcher The AMOY was a lifer. 196755461 Pale Florida Red-shouldered Hawk 196755462 Zebra Longwing 196755463 Red-bellied Woodpecker, Female Merritt Island NWR, Florida 196755464 Common Ground-Dove Lifer for me. Merritt Island NWR 196755466 Florida Scrub-Jay Merritt Island NWR, Florida. Lifer! 196755467 Florida Scrub-Jay 196755468 Great Horned Owl Merritt Island NWR, FL. This was a life bird. 196755469 Sanderling Daytona Beach, FL 196755470 Herring Gull stealing a fish from a Laughing Gull 196755471 Herring vs. Laughing 196755472 Willet 196755473 Willet 196755474 Willets 196755475 Sandwich Terns Lifers. 196755476 Royal Tern Takeoff 196755477 Clean Ruddy Turnstone 196755478 Royal and Common Terns Daytona Beach, FL. Common was a lifer. 196755479 Black Skimmer Life bird! 196755480 Black Skimmer Bill 196755481 Royal Tern 196755482 Sanderling 196755483 Paynes Prairie State Park 196755484 Snowy Egret 196755485 Young Pelicans 196755486 Bottlenose Dolphins 196755487 American White Pelicans Port Orange Causeway Park, Volusia County, FL. Lifer for me. 196755488 Snowy Egret 196755489 Swallow-tailed Kite 196755490 Loggerhead Shrike 196755491 Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron 196755492 Sandhill Crane Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska 199479041 Moose Denali Borough, Alaska 199479042 White-crowned Sparrow Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska 199479043 Willow Ptarmigan Denali Borough, Alaska 199479044 Arctic Tern Nome Borough, Alaska 199479045 Lapland Longspur Nome Borough, Alaska 199479046 Spectacled Eider Nome Borough, Alaska 199479047 Spectacled Eider Nome Borough, Alaska 199479048 Rough-legged Hawk Nome Borough, Alaska 199479049 Short-eared Owl Nome Borough, Alaska 199479050 Tufted Puffin Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska 199479060 Common Murre Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska 199479061 Townsend's Warbler Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska 199479062