We started using Flickr back in January of this year and have reached 1,000 photos!! Our 13-year-old Blue Healer mix–Socks! Flickr is a wonderful place to find cool photos and to share your own photos. We’ve met many great photographers and birders through Flickr and have enjoyed wonderful comments on some of our photos. Over
A rare and wonderful find in the United States, the Clay Colored Robin is abundant in Costa Rica. Costa Ricans declared the Clay Colored Robin their national bird in 1977, whose strong, musical call marks the beginning of their rainy season. The Clay Colored Robin is in the thrush family and they are very similar
According to our local Rockford newspaper, the Birdfreak team may have to search and travel a bit to find the Brood XII Cicadas when they come out. Looks like there will be pockets of them in our immediate area. There will be up to 1.5 billion of them, but they won’t cover the entire range.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak To complete our 72 hour birding event we hit up one of our favorite birding locations, Sugar River Forest Preserve. This is a great location for warblers, flycatchers, and a nice variety of wonderful birds. We added a Blackburian Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, and Red-shouldered Hawk. We struck out on Hooded Warbler and any
Eastern Kingbird On day two of our 72-hour Birding craze, we added 22 more species. Early this morning, the Birdfreak Team headed out to Nygren Wetlands to find Soras and Sandhill Cranes (success!). We missed the Marsh Wren and Orchard Oriole that had been spotted there earlier in the week, but plan to go back
In the wee hours of the morning began the Birdfreak’s 72-hour Birding Weekend. We are entering Winnebago County, Illinois in America’s Birdiest City/County contest. As far as we know, this is the first time our county has been entered.
The Nicolet National Forest is located in northeast Wisconsin. This forest is 360,000 hectares and has a large variety of ecosystems including coniferous forest and glacial lakes. In 1987, the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society realized that there wasn’t much information on breeding birds in northern Wisconsin. They started the Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey to
This week we spied our first American Redstart in the Callaway Nature Preserve. Our 2007 list is growing quickly. This might be one of the more common of the warblers, but it is no less gorgeous. This species is commonly seen especially during its migration periods. Breeding Bird Census data shows that populations have been