Monthly Archives: September 2010

43 = Personal best one-trip total at Bond Park

The break in the hot weather this morning accompanied a lucky break in the birding, too: a one-trip total species personal record for Bond Park at 43. Highlights include: -5 warbler species (B&W, redstart, CYT, N. parula, prairie) -YB cuckoo … Continue reading

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Warblers and a gray fox

While birding at Bond Lake at few days ago, I watched in amazement as a gray fox lunged out of the thick vegetation at the bog and darted up a willow tree trunk that was leaning over the bog. The … Continue reading

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Prairie warbler and coyotes

Earlier this week I was birding at the bog at the southeast corner of Bond Park and noticed a warbler I didn’t know. It was the prairie warbler, a first for me. It wasn’t easy to ID, however, because the … Continue reading

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How I learned the Palm Warbler

It began this morning at the Kitt Creek lake and wetland, a unique confluence of three habitats: mixed woodland, lake, and a wetland created by beavers. The wetland has a number of dead and dying trees in it, a favorite … Continue reading

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Algae-eating goldfinches

The creek by the bog at the southeast corner of Bond Lake has been a hopping place for birds lately. One reason is that the berries on the pokeweeds are ripe. Catbirds, thrashers, and mocking birds can’t seem to resist … Continue reading

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Creative memories

As a beginner, I am aware of the temptation of wishful thinking, or drifting detail, or as some have called it, creative memory. Knowing I may only get a few seconds with a bird in my binoculars, perhaps I rush to … Continue reading

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Odd-looking blue jay

Nice weather this morning for birding, starting off at a cool 60 degrees, a welcome hint of the fall weather to come. Highlights for me include two common yellowthroats, two American redstarts (one male), a red-headed woodpecker flying overhead (my first sighting at … Continue reading

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