Monday, May 17, 2010

The Birdiest Week in American Birding!

This is a White-throated Sparrow doing an impression of me after this crazy week of birding.

It certainly was the "Biggest Week!" A total of 236 species were spotted by the guides from Tropical Birding during the fest. Me and the Doodles were lucky enough to see 142 species all together, including 29 warblers AND FIVE(5) LIFERS!! I told you Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and the surrounding areas are the greatest place to be for the spring migration!

The folks from Black Swamp Bird Observatory and especially, Kim Kaufman, were outstanding hosts. I don't know how they organized all of this, Kenn even managed to get a Kirtland's Warbler to show up. Mad skillz.

I have no idea what I'm posting tonight. We are really tired after all of this May-hem...and I still have photos to download. I think I shot close to 2,000 photos of birds, bugs and other wildlife. The Doodles burned in her new camera with close to 600. We'll post some of the great people
we've met, or re-met, the gorgeous scenery of the area, and of course more of the wildlife! Did I mention Bob? Yeah, he was there...causing minor problems...

As you can see by this peek-a-boo playing Baltimore Oriole, the leaves were well ahead of schedule this year.

Everyone was on the boardwalk this May!
Even the Black-capped Chickadees were birding the boards!

Here's a Chestnut-sided Warbler warbling.
Everyone thinks these warbly things are so cute and cuddly.

Well, here's proof that they are a vicious bunch!
Look at the mighty talons on that pint sized pugilist!

How often do you see a Common Nighthawk from behind, eh?
You'll only see it here folks!

And then we have a Northern Waterthrush from above...

And a Prothonotary Warbler with nesty stuff...from below!
"Nesty Stuff" is the technical term if you were wondering...look it up.

Red-eyed Vireos are very rude. They like to play "looky-looky" with their food.
I think Bob was egging him on.

This Veery was getting tired of waiting for me to take the picture...cranky bird.

Oops, I forgot to put the "Snake Warning" label on this post. It's okay, he's a happy snake!

The Doodles just told me another wave of warblies should be in this coming weekend. I don't think I'll get caught up for a while...


  1. Oooh fabulous looking snake! Looks like a friendly one! I know this post isn't really about snakes but I saw him and loved him very much!! Great capture of the happy snake!

  2. Great pictures Dave and waterthrushes are pretty special birds to get pictures of, thanks.

  3. Thanks Aluajala! I have lots of photos of snakes to post from this big week, stay tuned!

    Hi Phil, I was a lucky boy to find the Waterthrush walking fairly close, and in the open! Thank you!