OK, summer may be “officially” over but we are supposed to be getting some 80 degree weather and the upcoming week looks nice and warm (70s & 80s). So we thought we’d do a quick recap of some of the highlights of the past summer before going outside to enjoy a mini summer rebirth. Blue-headed
Black-throated Blue Warbler Not exactly what you’d call a backyard bird but this wonderful male was hanging around our city yard. He spent quite a bit of time digging around for insects in our compost pile. This is the second time we’ve had Black-throated Blues in our yard but the first time Birdfreak has seen
One of the coolest things about a rare bird is how it brings birders together and draws attention to birds. The recent sighting of a Green-breasted Mango outside of Beloit, Wisconsin has spurred numerous news stories, something that doesn’t happen much in the world of birding. We’ve had more non-birders talk to us about the
Well, it isn’t an official partnership, but the Birdfreak Team has made it a top priority to promote the National Wildlife Refuge System. We will be highlighting the problems the NWRs face and potential solutions to these problems. We have birded on numerous NWRs and they are some of the best places to bird. Common
After attending the Midwest Birding Symposium, it was made even more clear just how important Duck Stamps are to conservation. We were fortunate to hear a wonderful talk given by Paul Baicich about the route birders need to take to be active conservationists and support the National Wildlife Refuge System. The following are some points
Green-breasted Mango Poor lighting and not the best shot, but this is the best shot I took We decided to head up to Beloit, Wisconsin for a second try at the Green-breasted Mango. On Thursday we saw it but missed out on a photograph. Today was much better as we got excellent views both on
Bay-breasted Warbler In the spring, Bay-breasted Warblers are much easier to identify. But even in the fall they sometimes show their bay-colored breast of which they were named. Other times they go away under the name Baypoll – either a Bay-breasted or Blackpoll Warbler.
Today after work we headed up just across the border into Wisconsin to try and see the Green-breasted Mango that was sighted in a residential backyard. Here’s how it went down. Veery was late getting back from school due to a tanker truck that rolled over on the highway. Traffic was backed up for miles