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Echo Lake, Marquette, Michigan
Allow me to preface that first title and embellish it as well. Born in New York just north of NYC,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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,
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Marvelous Magee
Before I get into how marvelous Magee Marsh is, allow me to share some birding on the way north, at
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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. 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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).
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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
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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
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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
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Neuse River Trail – 32 Catbirds and one Black-billed Cuckoo
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Christmas 2017 in Michigan
The Journey North We had a leisurely departure from Durham on December 21, pulling out of the driveway about 11 am. 
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September on the NC/SC Coast (Oh, my Maria!)
The plan was - Sheree and I spend a day at Pettigrew State Park  and a day at Oregon Inlet campground,
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Ohio to Michigan to S.C. Totality
Sheree' was finishing up at school as I took off for Ohio, and two days later I would pick her
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Land of the Rising Sun – Miyajima
Corey and Joanna had mentioned Miyajima many times over the past year, so we knew it was going to be something special.
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Land of the Rising Sun – Hiroshima
As children, my Dad took us to historical sites, museums, battlefields, and towns throughout the eastern United States. It instilled
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Land of the Rising Sun – Sandan-kyo Gorge
After checking in at the local Ryokan hotel, Sheree and I immediately took off on a hike into the gorge.
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Land of the Rising Sun – Beppu
"Beppu is situated between the sea and the mountains. The city was founded on April 1, 1924, and is famous
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Land of the Rising Sun – Life in Iwakuni
Corey, Joanna, and the girls live on base, at Iwakuni MCAS. Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni or MCAS Iwakuni (IATA:
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Land of the Rising Sun – Introduction
WE WENT TO JAPAN !!!!        Following this introductory post, next, we share highlights from Iwakuni and the
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England 2016 – Yorkshire Dales
Countryside York York was a destination for us, but we spent a lot of time elsewhere and had to make
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Vermont Cross-country Skiing
  We settled in at Timberholm Inn about 1 a.m. after flight and weather delays into Boston and on the
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Bempton Cliffs, east coast of England
“The best place to see, hear and smell seabirds! Each year over 250,000 of them flock to the cliffs between
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Quick visit to Lake Crabtree
There were a few birds, but I was disappointed in the showing, considering the weak cold front that slid by
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England 2016 – The Birds of Bempton Cliffs
“The best place to see, hear and smell seabirds!Each year over 250,000 of them flock to the cliffs between Bempton
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England 2016 – Mortenhamstead
Wednesday, April 27 - Today I am off to Exeter, in southwest England, for two days at a farmhouse B&B
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England 2016 – London in 36 hours
What can I say about my time in England?  Not much perhaps, it was seven months ago and my brain
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England 2016 – Hiking Dartmoor
          As I travel around to different country all the various little differences in culture and
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England 2016 – The Tower of London
My trip to England began with a visit to the Tower of London.   At the moment, I am sitting
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Holly Shelter Game Land March 22, 2015
My son lives one mile from Holly Shelter.  I ran over to do a quick check of the bird situation
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Neuse River Walk
On my way to a Saturday workout at the gym I stopped by the area below the Falls Lake  dam
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Flat River Spring Count
Great spring count, 58 species including 9 warblers. A beautiful day, with my beautiful wife. I included the toad picture
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Sandy Creek Park, Durham, NC
Sheree’ and I went to Sandy Creek Park this morning, and what a gorgeous and birdy morning it was.  This
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Out and about.
Springtime. Birds coming and going. Brian coming and going, but not birding very much. It is always a struggle to
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Rollingview SRA and Home
Had a very nice outing to Rollingview SRA this morning with Sheree’.  Near the cemetery, we spent a good 10
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Springtime on Mount LeConte
At 6,593 ft., Mt LeConte is the third highest peak in the national park, behind Clingman's Dome and Mount Guyot.
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Beginnings
Birds. They are one of natures most accessible animal species.  Birds are so beautiful, majestic, social,  gregarious yet often loners,
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Rocky Mountain Christmas 2012 – re-written and re-located
Welcome to our 2012 Holiday Trip to Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park The Roosevelt Arch is a
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July 4, 2012 Hendersonville, NC
Happy 4th of July Hendersonville, North Carolina July 3rd we drove to Flat Rock Mountain Lodge, just South of Hendersonville
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2012 Spring Break – Wilmington, NC to Charleston, SC
Hi all,  Sheree and I took off Saturday, April 1 for a six-day spring break trip. Sheree drove the Outback and I
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