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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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Since 2004, I’ve saved my best close up head images of birds.  Here is my first poster.  The birds are in the order they were taken.  If you click on the image you can see the larger version. The second … Continue reading

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Black-backed Oriole – Probable Excapee

On January 31st a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania, found a very strange oriole in their yard.  Someone quickly identified it as a Black-backed Oriole.  If this bird is accepted it could be potential 1st ABA record. The bird was seen … Continue reading

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That Damned Gull with the Yellow-Legs

This trip with Chris Feeney would be my 3rd try for the Yellow-legged Gull, that has been seen of and on every winter for a few years. We decided to make this a crazy, go for the rarities trip….first 3 … Continue reading

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Greylag and Slaty-backed Gull – #719 and #720 ABA

After Chris Feeney and I missed the Yellow-legged Gull in St. John’s, Newfoundland and the 3 Shelducks in St. John, New Brunswick we were more than a little discouraged.  We drove the 750km  to Providence,  Rhode Island, hoping that at least the … Continue reading

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A Mad Dash to Texas and Florida

It never fails rare birds always show up just as I start my shift and disappear when I approach my days off. In early January a Rose-throated Becard was being seen at Estero Grande Park, Texas, in Florida there was a Western … Continue reading

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Smith’s Longspur – Crazy Day in the Life of a Birder

Time to start catching up with my posts. I heard about the Smith’s Longspur being seen, near Long Point, Ontario on December 17th, a few weeks before the January 1st 2017,  date I planned to get going again after a few months … Continue reading

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