Kiss of Death – A Halloween Birding Story

Fair warning – while there’s no blood and gore, these photos depict the darkly intimate, intense, and violent end to a Magnolia Warbler’s life in the talons of a Northern Pygmy-Owl. I thought about writing more of a narrative, but in the end have decided to let the photos tell most of the story. (For … Read more

Cooperative Creeper

After getting the report of a Virginia Rail at Swan Lake, I decided to take Connor and Rowan down there to look around.  We had the lake mostly to ourselvesas we walked to the upper end to check out the marshy area where the bird had been released (apparently unharmed) after being captured by a … Read more

Cape May Warbler

As the calendar changed, so too did our uncharacteristically sunny weather change to a more typical fall pattern. The record breaking dry October (under 5 inches for the month vs. a normal of 13 inches), was replaced by overcast and periods of rain, with a forecast for wind and rain in the coming days. The … Read more