Monthly Archives: February 2014

I ask again – Will this Eternal CBC Ever End?

I knew we had a chance for some bad weather again this weekend but when I woke up this morning I saw the following on the National Weather Service site – Winter Storm Watch in effect from March 2, 01:00 … Continue reading

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A difference between Rural and City Birding which lead to more thoughts…

Since I started walking for exercise and doing the monthly Big Walking Days, one of the things I have noticed is the way I bird.  Most of my birding in the past consisted of driving to a rural area and … Continue reading

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February 2014 Big Day Walk – Spring Arrives for a Day

As I posted in January I intend to do a Big Walking Day per month for exercise and fun.  With the weather looking much better for Saturday than Sunday, I headed out Saturday morning. Turned out to be a day … Continue reading

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Finding Uncommon Birds in Winter – Open Water

On my first Christmas Bird Count several years ago I came to know the importance of water in a bird’s life.  It was a typical December in North-Central Illinois and Tom Williams and I were doing the NW corner of … Continue reading

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Johnson County – Saturday – The Search for Open Water

I was looking for a good, long walk today from my house.  But a line of snow that was supposed to be south of here towards Kentucky decided to move north and we ended up with what looks like another … Continue reading

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Finding Uncommon Birds – Know Your Local Birds

When I started writing about finding uncommon birds in your local area, I wanted to concentrate on things other than identification.  But one of the things I should have included on the initial list was knowing your local species.  I … Continue reading

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Will this Eternal CBC Ever End?

I feel like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day” except my reoccurring day is that every time I get ready to go out birding I feel like I’m heading out for a cold Christmas Bird Count.  I don’t even … Continue reading

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Back To BushWhacking

Early Sunday morning I checked the Lowes/Walmart pond for waterfowl.  Most of the 800+ Canada Geese and 2 Greater White-Fronted Geese were gone.  But there were still a couple of Common Mergansers and American Black Ducks, both uncommon for this … Continue reading

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County Birds

After living here for a year I finally went a month without adding a new county bird.  The way the weather was in January I’m really not surprised.  The only reason I know this fact is that I added a … Continue reading

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