Thursday, January 1, 2015

All Owen's eBird Checklists on a Map

Owen finished his little Big Year at 277 species. I am pretty proud of him! We had some easy misses but also some really rare birds! He will come up with a year round up of his best trips/birds and the ones we missed!

Click the link below to see all of Owen's checklists placed on a map!

Owen's Map of all His ebird checklists!

Coast Trip!!

Our Last Lifer Adventure!

my daddy, me and my gramma took our last trip today and we saw a Townsend's Warbler and Rough-legged Hawk. We didnt see a Shrike and thats what my dad wanted us to get the most. At the first place I climbed lots of rocks and saw the bird at a bird feeder. I could see the yellow. Our next stop we saw lots of Rough-legged Hawks. Also there were Northern Pintails everywhere.

Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Essex County, Massachusetts, US
Cherry Hill Reservoir, Essex County, Massachusetts, US
Parker River NWR, Essex County, Massachusetts, US
Hampton Harbor--Yankee Fisherman's Coop, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, US

Year Birds
276Townsend's WarblerMarblehead Neck Wildlife SanctuaryUS-MA27 Dec 2014
277Rough-legged HawkParker River NWRUS-MA27 Dec 2014

287Townsend's WarblerMarblehead Neck Wildlife SanctuaryUS-MA27 Dec 2014

Photos of Our Coolest Birds

Greater White-fronted Goose

Glaucous Gull

Townsends Warbler

Owen after his lifer Townsend's Warbler

Monday, December 29, 2014

North Trip!

Our Trip

daddy and I went to look for Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrikes. We did not find them but we did see a white pigeon. We were looking at bird feeders in peoples yards for grosbeaks and didn't see any but we did get 1 Pine Siskin!


Owen after his lifer Pine Siskin

and Merry Christmas!!!!

Year Birds 
275Pine SiskinRoyalston Town CenterUS-MA24 Dec 2014


Monday, December 22, 2014

Redhead Trip!

Our Adventure

Daddy and me were going to try and find some Pine Siskins and we didn't know where to go and we just went to a random spot in Rhode Island or Connecticut so we just went home. Then I went home and grammy came and got me and we went to go get a Redhead. At the Redhead spot grammy and me walked along a trail in the woods. We were looking for the bird in the lake through the scope and we found one Redhead and a couple mallards and some other ducks!

Year Bird
274RedheadBart's PondUS-MA13 Dec 2014

285RedheadBart's PondUS-MA13 Dec 2014


Owen after his lifer Redhead!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Townsend's Solitaire Trip!

Our Adventure!

Me and Daddy were driving to southern Mass to get the Townsend's Solitaire that was in a cemetery. The weather was rainy and we saw it on top of a tree. Daddy recorded the bird calling. It was a lifer! I also seen a Eurasian Green-winged Teal. Then we drove to a nature area (Allen's Neck) and we were walking in the nature area then we finally saw a Winter Wren!  Then we went to the beach and we were looking for a Snowy Owl, but we didn't find it and we walked a lot. We also found no special gulls. Then we were driving out from the beach and we saw a white bird. Then we saw it was a Great Egret!

Evergreen Cemetery, Marion, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, US
Allens Pond--Allens Neck Trail (Dartmouth), Bristol County, Massachusetts, US
Gooseberry Neck, Bristol County, Massachusetts, US
Horseneck Beach, Bristol County, Massachusetts, US
Westport River Marsh (Westport), Bristol County, Massachusetts, US

Townsend's Solitaire calling audio

Owen's "lifer" subspecies Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Late Great Egret

Owen's lifer Townsend's Solitaire 

Owen after his Eurasian Green-winged Teal "lifer"

Owen after his lifer Townsend's Solitaire

 Owen after his lifer Winter Wren!

Year Birds
271Townsend's SolitaireEvergreen Cemetery, MarionUS-MA06 Dec 2014
272Winter WrenAllens Pond--Allens Neck Trail (Dartmouth)US-MA06 Dec 2014

282Townsend's SolitaireEvergreen Cemetery, MarionUS-MA06 Dec 2014
283Winter WrenAllens Pond--Allens Neck Trail (Dartmouth)US-MA06 Dec 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New York Trip!

Our Adventure

Me, Daddy, Liam and Grammy went to New York and it was like over 3 hours to get there.  New York City is the biggest city in the country and I got to see it. When we got to the Cassin's Kingbird spot it was right on a playhouse in a park. The Cassin's Kingbird flew right at daddy and ate bugs around him! I took pictures of the Cassin's Kingbird. After we were done we went to Long Island to look for the Common-Ground Dove. There were Horned Larks and Snow Buntings in groups flying. There was a Merlin trying to catch prey! We didn't get the Common-Ground Dove at first then we went to the Coast Guard station and we got a Marbled Godwit that was with American Oystercatchers! There were loads of Brants everywhere!! We went back to the Ground Dove spot and waited hours and we never saw it! I got two lifers! We also saw a Pine Warbler and a Vesper Sparrow!



Floyd Bennett Field--Community Gardens, Kings County, New York, US
Jones Beach SP--West End, Nassau County, New York, US
Jones Beach SP--Coast Guard Station, Nassau County, New York, US

Owen's picture of the Cassin's Kingbird

Owen after his lifer Cassin's Kingbird

Manhattan in the backround of where the Cassin's Kingbird is being seen.

Jones Beach West End area

Marbled Godwit

Owen after his lifer Marbled Godwit!

Some other good birds Owen liked seeing at Jones Beach despite no Dove!

Pine Warbler

Vesper Sparrow

Year Birds
269Cassin's KingbirdFloyd Bennett Field--Community GardensUS-NY28 Nov 2014
270Marbled GodwitJones Beach SP--Coast Guard StationUS-NY28 Nov 2014

Life Birds
280Cassin's KingbirdFloyd Bennett Field--Community GardensUS-NY28 Nov 2014
281Marbled GodwitJones Beach SP--Coast Guard StationUS-NY28 Nov 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

King Eider Trip!

Our Adventure

me, daddy, liam and kim went to near Boston to get the King Eider. We went to the King Eider spot and we walked on the longer path and then we went to the end and it wasn't there. I got to run around and play with my little brother. we spent an hour and then we left and went to try and find a Lark Sparrow that was close by. There were loads of dogs and there were big hills. Then I spotted the Lark Sparrow!! I already saw a Lark Sparrow in Connecticut but it was good to get it in Massachusetts! Then we went to the King Eider spot again for one last try as the sun was going down! When we got back to the spot a woman said that the King Eider was back. We ran to the short path at the beach and daddy saw it in the scope and showed me! When we left it was only gonna be 1 hour to get home and it took us 3 hours! Then we went to Mcdonalds!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Stodders Neck, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, US

BHI--Webb Memorial SP, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, US

 King Eider

Owen after his lifer King Eider

  Kim, Owen and Liam

 Boston was just the beginning !

Year Bird
268King EiderBHI--Webb Memorial SPUS-MA25 Nov 2014

279King EiderBHI--Webb Memorial SPUS-MA25 Nov 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lark Sparrow Trip!

Our Trip

So it was me, daddy, grammy and auntie. we went to Connecticut to go to a marsh area. also there was a beach and water slides and there was a nature walk trail. we went all the way to the end but we didn't find the Lark Sparrow.Then we saw a guy that said the Lark Sparrow was on the path back the other way. So we went back and then daddy pointed out a lighter color bird. and had red on his head and a black spot on his belly so it was a Lark Sparrow! we had to go over a fence to get closer to the Lark sparrow. I took a picture of it! after our trip I went to cooties house for the night!

Owen's photo of the sparrow

Owen after his lifer Lark Sparrow

Year Birds
267Lark SparrowOcean Beach ParkUS-CT22 Nov 2014

278Lark SparrowOcean Beach ParkUS-CT22 Nov 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Eared Grebe Trip!!

Me, grampy and grammy were coming from Maine but daddy didn't come and he told us to go try to see the Eared Grebe. When we got there there were a bunch of gulls on the boat ramp. we didn't see the Eared Grebe then a guy drove in with his blue car and he was a birder. he looked in his binoculars and found the Eared Grebe. Grammy looked through the scope and then we found it! Then we got ice cream on the way home!

Eared Grebe!

Owen after his lifer Eared Grebe

Year Bird
266Eared GrebeQuaboag PondUS-MA16 Nov 2014
277Eared GrebeQuaboag PondUS-MA16 Nov 2014

Ash-throated Flycatcher dayyyyyyy

We drove down to the same spot we had the Barn Owl earlier this year. Mommy and Liam stayed in the car while daddy and I went to find the bird. We had to walk down path to get to the Ash-throated Flycatcher. This guy walked over and said the bird just flew away. Then we found in the path! it was calling and flycatching!! we couldnt look around more because daddy had to go to work! but we did eat some good pizza afterwards!

Sachuest Point NWR, Newport County, Rhode Island, US Panoramic

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Owen after his lifer Ash-throated Flycatcher!!

Year Bird
265Ash-throated FlycatcherSachuest Point NWRUS-RI11 Nov 2014


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Northern Saw-whet Owl Trip

Daddy and me drove to the owl banding place. we got there and they had an owl already banded. I held the saw whet owl . My dad took a picture of me holding it. We heard coyotes and a Great Horned Owl. Before when we went to the owl banding place and we got nothing all night! After we let the owl go it went right into a tree and put its wing up. Then a little bit later it flew off into another tree!

Year Birds
264Northern Saw-whet OwlLookout RockUS-MA05 Nov 2014