Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Light

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in New Jersey is an excellent place for winter birding, especially for Harlequin Ducks, and I bird here at least once every year because the Harlequins are my all-time favorite ducks. This year it took two attempts to get to see the Harlequins. The first day we came was after we […]

A Very Odd Birder Pee Stop

As a traveling birder, I’m sure you’ve got your own stories of odd or funny places you’ve stopped for a pee stop. There’s the usual gas stations, Mickie D’s, Wawas, behind the bushes kind of stories. And then there’s the ones that are a story in themselves. But I’ve got to say that the oddest […]

Birding View from my Outdoor Office

I love traveling, especially if it involves seeing new birds, but I’m still attempting to catch up from back to back travel birding adventures earlier this spring. And while I accomplish this work, I’m really enjoying my backyard birds in my wildlife garden. The weather has been so gorgeous this week, and I’m excited about starting […]

The Quest to See the Horned Guan in Guatemala

Would you want to go see a bird if it was described as a “Death March?” How about if people said “I thought I was going to die?” The Horned Guan is found only in remote locations at high elevations in the cloud forests on extinct volcanoes in southwest Mexico and Guatemala, and has been […]

Birding Tikal

What happens when a thriving city (from 1000 BC to 900 AD) is abandoned and swallowed up by the surrounding rain forest, only to be rediscovered about 1000 years later? I had the opportunity to find out on my recent visit to Guatemala. When humans give up control in a place, Mother Nature has a wonderful […]

The Scarlet Ibis of Trinidad

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Trinidad and Tobago was the visit to Caroni Swamp in Trinidad, a boat tour through the swamp that ended with the spectacular sight of thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost as the sun set. I made a short video so you can imagine yourself […]

A Review of Field Guides Birding Tours

I recently had the pleasure of birding in Trinidad and Tobago on a tour I booked withField Guides Birding Tours Worldwide with our guide Megan Crewe. And my experience both with the company and with our guide was exceptional! In fact, we are already planning our next trip with them. Why use a Professional Birding Tour […]

A Review of Field Guides Birding Tours

I recently had the pleasure of birding in Trinidad and Tobago on a tour I booked with Field Guides Birding Tours Worldwide with our guide Megan Crewe. And my experience both with the company and with our guide was exceptional! In fact, we are already planning our next trip with them. I have heard some birders say […]

Travel Writing with an iPad

In two days I’ll be headed to Trinidad and Tobago for a birding adventure to celebrate my 20th anniversary. Yippee!!! I’ll be there for 10 days, then home for 1 week, and then off for a Birding FAM trip in Guatemala for another 12 days. I don’t know about you, but spending so much time in two gorgeous tropical […]

Birdwatchers Guide to Trinidad and Tobago

When I’m planning a trip for a new birding adventure, I like to do a lot of research before I go so that I know what to expect when I get there. Not only do I study the field guide to the birds of a particular area, I will research the natural history, geology, and […]

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