Due to recent flooding in our area, birding has become somewhat of a challenge. Closed trails, mosquitoes in droves, mud and muck all over, and hot, muggy conditions pretty much describes our past week of birding. Well, fall migration is in full swing despite the weather and we have been finding all kinds of goodies.
Here we have an Ermine (Mustela erminea), also known as a Stoat or Short-tailed Weasel. They share the same family with ferrets, minks, and other weasels and oddly enough, badgers, martens, and wolverines!
There is a fun local event going on from September 12th thru 14th at Severson Dells called the Mysteries and Miracles of Nature. Severson Dells is an awesome nature center/environmental learning center in our home county of Winnebago. Sitting on a 369-acre forest preserve, this facility has taught thousands of kids wonderful things about nature.
The Rare Bird Theory (RBT) is a simple concept from observations we’ve had reviewing bird sightings. But before we delve into what the RBT is, we must first define what a rare bird is. A rare bird can be any bird out of their geographical range or a bird out of season. There are different
Roger Tory Peterson was born on August 28, 1908 in Jamestown, New York. He not only studied and appreciated birds, he worked hard to protect them and educated others to do the same. Since his first publication in 1934 of A Field Guide To The Birds, Roger Tory Peterson made birding simple enough for every
The long tail is a term credited to Chris Anderson, editor of Wired Magazine. He says that “products that are in low demand or have low sales volume can collectively make up a market share that rivals or exceeds the relatively few current bestsellers and blockbusters, if the store or distribution channel is large enough.”
Being busy with research and back-to-school preparations (Veery), here’s a photo from Birdfreak’s 2005 Texas trip of a Greater Roadrunner.
While visiting relatives in northern Wisconsin, we always travel out to some of the many lakes up there. One was Newman Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The lake was lower than we have ever seen, but there were four Common Loons hanging out. We also saw two Belted Kingfishers, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Newman Lake