Monthly Archives: January 2015

Modern Field Guides Have Almost Got It Right

While preparing for my Costa Rica trip I used Stiles and Skutch’s Birds of Costa Rica published in 1989.  And do you know what I found out? I like the “old” style field guides for certain situations. Let me explain. … Continue reading

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Photoless Saturday

Some days I get lucky with photography, most days I don’t.  Saturday I didn’t. But I had a good day birding none the less.  This also means I get to show some pictures I have taken over the years. With … Continue reading

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What Modern Research Says About Learning Birds – Part 2

Last week I wrote about my search for a better way to learn birds. I will now conclude the story. (link to last week’s blog) What the Researchers Discovered The researchers found out that the most effective way of learning … Continue reading

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Geese, Geese, Geese – and a Few Swans. Universal Mines Saturday

In the attempt to add a few more birds to my Indiana Life list, Mike and I (and probably a large percentage of Central Indiana birders) headed to Universal Mines NW of Terre Haute Saturday morning to view the numerous … Continue reading

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What Modern Research Says About Learning Birds – Part 1

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. You plan a big birding trip outside your local area.  You read and study your field guides. You listen to the songs and calls. When you get there you do OK identifying the … Continue reading

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Two More: Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owls – Sullivan County Saturday

In pursuit of adding species that should already be on my Indiana Life list, Mike Clay and I headed to Sullivan and Greene Counties on Saturday. Our main objectives were Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk, and Short-eared Owl. And if time … Continue reading

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Ivory Gull – Quincy, IL – Jan. 3

Last Saturday, Jan. 3, Mike Clay made the journey to Quincy, IL to view the Ivory Gull found the day before by Jason Mullins. Mike asked me to go but having traveled extensively for the last 2 months getting in … Continue reading

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Birding 2015 – Up 4 Already

If you have been following this blog, you know I would be content to bird my local area. But by having a birding goal or plan it gives me the push to explore different areas and habitats. Something I, and everyone else, … Continue reading

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The Photographer and The Hawk

(Note – I wrote this a few weeks before all the recent posts on IN-Bird about Snowy Owls and photographers. This is one of those reoccurring themes that has come up every year since I started birding and probably will until … Continue reading

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