Another Double Whammy!! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #71

Another double whammy!! Do you remember the t.v. game show ‘Press Your Luck?’ The contestants would be screaming ‘no whammy, no whammy’ knowing that a whammy would bring their score all the way back down to zero. They didn’t want a whammy, well as a birder, I have had three double whammy’s back to back…

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Double Whammy!! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #70

Double whammy!! My last trip out for an amazing Scissor-tailed Flycatcher lifer resulted in also seeking and finding a second lifer nearby, A Virginia Rail! That’s pretty ridiculous and I’d have been thrilled to see even just one of those great birds. While I was out chasing those birds a bit east, there was a…

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Cut to the chase! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #69

    Cut to the chase! How does this specifically describe something to do with birds you may ask? Well, there’s a bird called a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. A real nifty Flycatcher with a super long tail and such a gorgeous combination of white and gray. On its sides it even has shades of pink.  It’s…

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Autumnal Marsh Walk! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #67

I have to admit this late summer/early autumnal season has had its ups and downs out on the birding trails. I’ve been driven out of some of my favorite spots by ravenous mosquitoes which is a downer.  But on the upside if you’ve been following this blog you already know recently that Western Sandpiper,Western Kingbird,…

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I saw a Sora! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #66

I finally saw a Sora!

I saw a Sora!! Say that 5 times fast 🙂  Up my way a Sora is probably a bird missing from many birders lists. Even more so when you consider some birders will count this bird on hearing its call alone, never actually seeing it. That happened to me in August, I finally heard one…

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Western swing (of luck) continues!! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #65

Western Sandpiper…check, put the number on the board!  But could I get lucky with another western migrant this fall season? Well, it turns out I could! While searching at the beach unsuccessfully for what would be a lifer Philadelphia Vireo I glanced at my phone to see if there were any recent bird reports. Turns…

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A western wind! ‘Bird Is The Word’ Blog #64

To see birds of the zephyr is a tall order around these parts. Western Kingbird, Western Sandpiper, maybe even a Yellow-headed Blackbird could come my way during fall migration. All three had been seen ,even just last year, but I had missed the trifecta. I was determined to not miss out again! Scanning shorebirds at…

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Marbled Rye…I mean Godwit! ‘Bird is The Word’ blog #63

The marbled godwit was a bird high up on my ‘hopefuls’ list, and a bird that eluded me for some time! A friend saw them at the beach consistently hanging with american oystercatchers, but try as I might I just could not get so lucky. A reported red-necked phalarope got me to one of my…

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