Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finally a break from hot weather. I am looking forward to the colder weather and the Winter birds! I hope to find some good waterfowl and some Sparrows this winter. White Throated Sparrows will be in your backyard if you live in the U.S. and so will the Dark Eyed Juncos. Winter is a great time to look for some interesting sparrows and waterfowl. Cedar Waxwings have already arrived in my backyard and the Juncos and Sparrows are soon to come. News: If we reach 25 followers we will give away an Identiflyer. It is a device that plays bird calls that you can load in it using cards. It will come with 12 cards with over 100 different bird sounds. Have a nice day!
Photo by John Mark Simmons

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fastest Animal on Earth

The Peregrine Falcon have been proven to be the fastest animal on earth. Unlike the Cheetah which many people believe is the fastest. I have heard many different speeds in which the Falcon can go, 100mph,150mph,175mph, all the way up to 250mph. I am inclined to lean towards the 250 mph because I learned it from someone who actually does research on them and works with Peregrines. I am very happy that the fastest animal on earth is a bird, it makes me feel good. News: I uploaded an Audobon's birding on the net birdhouse to this blog so you can collect a bird! Have a nice day everyone.
Photo by John Mark Simmons

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On the Georgia Coast Birding Rampage Pt.3

My trip to the Georgia coast was great. I got a lot of birds and lots of photos to share with you guys. Here is another batch of photos. My list ended up with ten lifers and two rarities. Also I might have the opportunity to be a volunteer doing research on Rusty Blackbirds this winter. Update: If we get two more followers and do the contest to give away the random birding stuff we are considering giving away something even better that can be very useful in the field. Like our Facebook page and follow us on this blog if you like. Have a nice day everyone!
Photos by John Mark Simmons
 Marsh Wren
 Seaside Sparrow
 Yellow Warbler
Western Sandpiper
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

On the Georgia coast Birding Rampage Pt.2

I had a great time birding Little St. Simons Island this morning. Highlights were Long Billed Curlew, Reddish Egret, Great Black Backed Gull, Roseate Spoonbills, and Red Knots. I got ten lifers total on this birding field trip. The wind was maddeningly powerful. It shook our spotting scopes and cameras making it very very hard to see shorebirds at times. We also ran into some jumper cactus that stuck into our shoes and poked through and sand burs. But overall it was definitely worth it. Here are some of the pictures from the trip. I hope you enjoyed the report! Have a nice day.

Photos by John Mark Simmons
 Yellow Warbler
 Sanderlings fighting
 Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Warbler
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Friday, October 7, 2011

On the Georgia Coast Birding Rampage

I spent the weekend at St. Simons Island doing some birding around the area. One of the days I went to the Altamaha River Delta to do some serious birding. Some of the highlights were Black Bellied Whistling Ducks, King Rail, Roseate Spoonbills, American Bittern, and Clay Colored Sparrow. These are only a few of the awesome birds I saw that day. I managed to get some good pictures of some birds. The next day I birded at Little St. Simons Island. The highlight birds of that trip included Reddish Egret, Long Billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, White-Rumped, Least, and Western Sandpipers. While on the way to the GA coast I did some birding and stopped at some state parks. I found this Palm Warbler ( pictured below) which was very curious about me and got very close allowing a great photo. Hope you guys will have an opportunity to get some cool birds soon. Have a nice day and happy birding!

- John Mark Simmons
Black Bellied Whistling Duck
                                                                  Palm Warbler