Harris’s Sparrow

This week has been busy with very little birding after flying back from ME Monday. So when Bruce found the Harris’s sparrow yesterday at the 11th Street bridge, I climbed down from the ladder at Brett’s where I was painting and dashed over to try for it. No luck as the flock of sparrows seemed Read More…

Eclipse

Today was just a terrific day from start to finish. Kay and I drove to Gig Harbor to meet Ken and Rachel at Schmel Homestead Park to have a picnic breakfast and watch the eclipse. Kay and I brought vegan coffee cake, and Ken and Rachel brought fresh berries. Ken also brought toys and ideas Read More…

Pectoral Sandpiper at Levy Pond

I happened to check my email around noon and saw a very recent (hourly) eBird needs alert for Pierce County that Christopher Clark had seen a Pectoral sandpiper at Levy Pond. Kay and I headed right there, and the PESA was feeding near two Long-billed dowitchers on the sand bar. It moved around a from Read More…

Ft Steilacom with Kay

To enjoy the nice weather this evening Kay and I drove over to Ft Steilacom Park to take a birding walk around the lake hoping for Bullock’s Oriole and to enjoy the newly arrived passerines. We did hear one Oriole chattering, and I saw a male fly away, but no good looks. Black-headed grosbeaks, Cedar Read More…

Key West to Manasota Key

Kay and I got off the Playmate, the boat we used for the Dry Tortugas trip after a really rough and pounding ride back to Key West on Saturday about 3 PM. It was raining and we just headed north. There had been a Bahama Mockingbird sighted on the way back through the keys, but Read More…

Dry Tortugas Trip

Day 1- Dry Tortugas Trip: May 20, 2017. Last night we slept on the boat and took off about 5 AM today. It was pretty rough, and I dashed out of bed to get my meclizine on board and get on deck to get eyes on the horizon. I felt better right away and we Read More…

South Florida- Everglades and the Keys

Today Kay and I slept in until about 7:30, then after a quick breakfast headed for the Everglades. We made really a quick morning of it stopping only at Long Pine Key (got distant looks at and heard several Pine Warblers) and Mahogany Hammock Trail where we got nice looks at Swallow-tailed Kites, but overall Read More…

More Spring Arrivals

Today was a day for work around the house, but I started the day off right with an exercise walk from the edge of Manorwood past Pierce College and around Bradley Lake and back. The road was closed to traffic and on a sunny morning the birds were singing nicely. Best bird of the walk Read More…