Favorite Birding moments of 2010

One of my favorite birding moments of 2010 came surprisingly while visiting a family grave. While visiting my grandparents gravesite in southern Kansas, we came across this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher sitting on a fence.  A beautiful bird and also happens to be the...

Trumpeter Swans

The largest of North American waterfowl and the largest swan in the world, the Trumpeter Swan is resident throughout much of its range, but migratory in other parts. Its was reduced to near extinction by the early 20th century, but it is relatively common today....

Hermit Thrush on Christmas Bird Count

What do you see when you get up at 5:00 am on a cold December morning and go birding? Today was the St. Paul Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Over 50 brave souls car pooled around St. Paul and suburbs counting everything that moved including Sparrows and...

KARE11 in the Backyard

Last week, Meteorologist Sven Sungaard and Jeff, a KARE11 camera man taped a Simply Science segment in our backyard.  The subject was about the Christmas Bird Count and Audubon’s participation.  St. Paul is in their 66th year of counting.  Airs: Simply...

Life Bird: Townsend’s Solitaire

One of the joys of birding (and there are many), is seeing a bird for the first time.  Today was one of those moments.  Reports of a Townsend’s Solitaire in the area surfaced about a week ago and one of my good birding friends called yesterday to say...