Monthly Archives: January 2014

Birding and Exercise: First Month Recap

For those of you interested I thought I would post the results of the first month of birding and exercise and compare it to what I thought I could have done birding my normal way. I ended up seeing 43 … Continue reading

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Birding and Exercise – January 2014 Big Walking Day

If I had planned this better I would have started to get myself in shape in December and done a Big Walking Day on January 1, before the weather headed north.  But I didn’t.  So it came down to doing … Continue reading

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Birding and Exercise – January Big Day

In the spirit of Ted Floyd’s Big Walk http://blog.aba.org/2013/06/the-bare-naked-big-walk.html and Greg Neise and Jeff Skrentny Illinois Monthly Big Days (See Illinois Birders’ Forum http://www.ilbirds.com/), I have decided to do a monthly self-powered Big Day this year.  I will start this month … Continue reading

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One Step Back – Two Steps Forward

The Snow Goose I reported last week flying over my house turned out to be a leucistic Canada Goose. Darn, one step back.. I got an email from Doug Gray Sunday morning that he had seen a leucistic Canada Goose … Continue reading

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Birding and Exercise – Saturday, Jan. 18 – Larks, Longspurs, Crows, and an Owl

The second weekend of birding and exercise arrives and it is 16F out with a wind chill of zero.  Not as bad as the Christmas Bird Count where Darrel and I walked 4 miles on the I&M Canal in 6 … Continue reading

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Birding and Exercise – To Lowes/Walmart Pond

The weather on Sunday was better than Saturday.  High 30’s and clear with a slight wind.  Great day for a winter’s walk. So after lunch I went out on another day of walking for exercise to birding locations.  Instead of … Continue reading

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Birding and Exercise – First Day

I told myself going into writing this blog it was to be more of an educational blog and not about me per say, but until I figure out how I am going to bird, I guess it will be somewhat … Continue reading

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Birding and Exercise

I used to run.  A lot.  For about 5 years it averaged an hour a day.  Then I severely strained a muscle from too many consecutive 5K and 10K races and the running came to a screeching halt.  After a … Continue reading

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Personal Experience – The Best Source for Finding Uncommon Birds in Your Area

It’s time to wrap up writing about sources for finding uncommon birds and get to writing about finding specific species. Birds like the nemesis Winter Wren or the hard-to-find, but very satisfying when found, Long-eared Owl. Or Sedge Wren’s or … Continue reading

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First Bird 2014

If the ponds were not frozen, I had planned to start the New Year looking for uncommon waterfowl in my area.  I no sooner got a little ways out of town and saw my first bird of 2014 sitting on … Continue reading

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