Author Archives: birdquest2004

Surprise – Curlew Sandpiper

I had just driven 4 hours from Ohio to Leamington, arriving at the house Rick Collins had rented.  we sat there talking about how the birding had been for them at Pelee.  Rick said did you know there was a … Continue reading

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Garbage Dump Success -Tamaulipas Crow

I birded in many tough places but the Brownsville Dump is one of my least most memorable.  Spending 4 hours a day waiting for a Crow to show up that you’ve missed the previous 20 times you’ve tried for it … Continue reading

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Getaway to Arizona, Golf and Birds

Sue and I went down for a week to scope out Phoenix as a winter getaway now that we were both retired, good weather, golf courses and birds. On the days I had time to get out I picked up … Continue reading

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California Dreamin

I wanted to take a break from the brutal winter we were having in Ottawa, I figured a few days searching for rarities would certainly be in order. My friend Gilbert Bouchard was in California and I chose to meet … Continue reading

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Red-Billed Tropicbird – Life Bird# 732

I’d heard about this Red-billed Tropicbird from various sources over the past 10 years and had always planned on driving down to Vinalhaven, Maine.  Work and schedules always seemed to get in the way, but that all changed this year.  … Continue reading

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Mistle Thrush – Mirimachi, New Brunswick

Ever since I heard about this bird, I’d been itching to go see it. I hadn’t chased many birds in the last few months and having just retired from my job of 31 years.   I hadn’t really had much … Continue reading

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Black-throated Gray Warbler

None of us like those rainy, cool and windy days of fall but they usually bring in bird rarities.  This past week in the Ottawa area we had a windfall. First there was a Razorbill on the Ottawa which was … Continue reading

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