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    Travels and nature, and a lot of birds - from North Carolina to Michigan, Colorado, Japan, England and Canada.

Echo Lake, Marquette, Michigan

Allow me to preface that first title and embellish it as well. Born in New York just north of NYC, I spent my entire adult…

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2019 Thanksgiving Birding on the NC Coast

After partially relocating almost half of our living quarters to Upper Michigan, we have spent the past few months back in North Carolina, our home…

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October Stirs Up Superior

In what might be labeled the first real signs that the short Autumn season is coming to a close, Lake Superior became a bowl of…

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Colors of Autumn in the U.P.

Headed west Sunday morning to look for some unique birds (Boreal Chickadee and Canada Jay) in the beautiful autumn forests of the Upper Peninsula. The…

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Bird Migration Peaks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

As I enter my first week of June, ever, in the UP, and Marquette, MI., the birds are still flowing in, with some moving on…

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Bog Walk – Signs of Spring and a Shadowy Sora

Over the past month, I have become a wind watcher. It seems to me that many birds have been struggling to get up into the…

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Week Two – Learning Upper Peninsula Birds

After a few days of teasingly nice spring days, the UP went into refrigerator mode over the weekend. I jokingly told Sheree’ I was ready…

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Birding Marquette – The First Week

Well, I made it UP!  In the heart of the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, now it’s time to immerse my southern-ness into the hotspots of…

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The Journey North

Up at the crack of dawn, I jumped into the already loaded Outback and towed Puff out the driveway onto Olive Branch Road. I had…

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Spring Walk in the SC Woods

Just three weeks until I journey north, really north, up to the UP of Michigan. We will be settling into our new house in Marquette,…

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Let’s Get Back To It!

Well, that was quite a blogging break I took, but now I am ready to rock and roll. There will be some big changes in…

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2018 Thanksgiving NC Coast Birding

Going on ten years, our annual Thanksgiving trip to birding hotspots of northeastern North Carolina provided great weather, magnificent birds, and great scenery. Scott and…

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U.P. Adventures – Summer 2018

Take me to the land of cooler temperatures, longer twilights, and starier skies.   As I sit here in Hartwick State Park, Michigan, beginning to write this…

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Chasing Warblers and other wild things

     After some solo trips, and a few overnighters together, this trip would be our first multi-day multi-campsite adventure.  As we continue learning about…

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It’s a Swamp Thing

We loaded Puff up, plopped the kayaks on the car roof, and took off for a few days of Eastern North Carolina blackwater kayaking. We went…

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Neuse River Trail and Falls Lake Dam

Some days it is nice to bird on a paved path, so I drove over to the Neuse River Greenway near the dam and headed…

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Falls Lake- Rollingview SRA

We parked our teardrop trailer at Rollingview SRA campground for a long weekend. It was really nice sitting outside listening to the birds say goodnight, followed…

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Mid-April Birds and a Frog

April always delivers a few wicked cold fronts. Last night we had heavy rain, strong winds but fortunately no tornadoes (Greensboro did). I went over…

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Northeast North Carolina Coast in Late February

On February 24 I hooked Puff up and took off for the coast. I had not been to the coast since Thanksgiving when Sheree’, Scott Davis…

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Puff the M@gic Dr@gon on the BRP

The big test. I wondered since before purchasing our T@B trailer, “how will it perform in the mountains behind a Subaru Outback 4cyl?”.   As will…

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NC/SC Coastal Birding in September

I had great expectations on birding from Nags Head to Litchfield Beach, S.C., but Mother Nature had other plans. Hurricane Maria was just strong enough…

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Big Bald Bird Banding

This blog posting has been on the back burner for quite a while, but it was such an enjoyable birding experience, it deserves posting. Sheree’…

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Ohio/Michigan Summer Birding

Birding was not the focus of this trip but we had some success none the less.  Most of the notable birds were seen near Barbeau, MI. …

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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

On a family trip to Savannah, I saw the opportunity to get my Georgia list cranked up (currently at 21). Well, little did I know, most…

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Summer Yard Birding

Summer Yard Birding(click links for audio)I miss New York summers, the lower humidity,  cooler nights, a summer breeze.  And, when I watch our birds and…

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Prairie Ridge and Lake Crabtree

       Exercise more than birds got me outside today.  I have been reading the migration reports at BirdCast and looking at the weather…

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Abbott’s Creek/Neuse River Greenway

I have had this area on my list for a while, but alas, I could not seem to get up here until today.   I…

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