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Driving down the road, you notice the old vacant field and scrub-land has a “for sale” sign on it. Next time you go by, the sign says “SOLD.” In a few weeks the bulldozers are on the scene. Once upon a time, this was really the middle of nowhere. But now, things are starting to change. […]
Let me ask you, how do you know when spring really is here? Is it by the calendar? Certainly, in the northern latitudes that is not really the best indication! The official first day of spring might actually bring a snowstorm! Apart from the date, we all have our personal indicators of spring’s true arrival. […]
In the northern hemisphere round about the end of March, signs of spring are (hopefully) making their presence felt. Depending on where you are, there might be signs of plants and trees coming back to life. If you live in an area with snow, there are still probably days when the ground gets a fresh covering […]
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It looks like a good day for shorebirds. The winds has been blowing onshore for two whole days, but now is starting to die down. The sun is out and it’s a good time to head down to the beach and see if any wandering seabirds or shorebirds come in with the gale. You see […]
In our last article, “How Storm Surges Affect Sea Birds”, we touched on some of the phenomena relating to birds, birders and storms. A storm is a source of possibilities for the birder, such as seeing rare birds from distant lands turn up in your locale. These rare visitors are known as accidentals or vagrants, […]
The excitement of a coming storm thrills many of us. But for the birder (just another name for a dedicated bird-watcher!) the storm brings a few extra goose-bumps—and the possibility of rare feathered visitors. This is particularly true for those who live near the ocean, and especially near headlands or capes that jut into the sea. Recall […]
If you fancy going a little further afield than your nearest beach to observe our feathered friends, here are one or two locations to consider for truly awesome birding, all year round. Dust off that passport and go! U.S.A. – FLORIDA THE EVERGLADES/NAPLES AND MARCO ISLAND AREAS TIGERTAIL BEACH PARK This is just one of the amazing […]