Michael Fulbright's Birding Blog
Michael Fulbright's Birding Blog
Maumee State Park OH 5/16/2016
Magee Marsh OH 5/16/2016
Magee Marsh OH 5/15/2016
Magee Marsh OH 5/14/2016
Magee Marsh Ohio 05/13/2016
Caught some Ruddy Ducks before they leave and a Brown-headed Nuthatch preparing a hole in a tree.
Went out to the North Carolina Outer Banks for some late winter birding. It was very cold with a wind chill around 10F! Seemed to keep the birds in hiding most the day but we had fun. Saw my first SEAL on the NC coast - did not realize they come here.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Some more pictures from my stay at the Grand Canyon.
Navajo Bridge, AZ
Started to head North into Utah and passed over Navajo Bridge. Good place to find California Condors and picked up a Rock Wren lifer.
Jacob's Lake Inn, Cococino County, AZ
Heading from the Grand Canyon up to Bryce Canyon in Utah. On the way we found a wonderful little place to have lunch up in the northern mountains of Arizona. There was a nice fountain in the garden by the window and as we were eating I saw several colorful birds fly by. Turns out there were some nice life birds waiting for me!
Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, AZ
My daughter and I had a early morning hike down the Bright Angel Trail. We went down about 1.5 miles before turning around. Found many life birds on this hike!
Mather Point, Grand Canyon, AZ
First day at the Grand Canyon! Last time I was here was 1989. Very excited.
Desert View, Grand Canyon, AZ
Quick stop for a look from the tower - not so many birds here!
Thunderbird Lodge, Grand Canyon, AZ
Drove to the lodge on the rim of the Grand Canyon and caught a few photos of local animals before it got dark.
Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarkdale, AZ
The family took a ride up Verde Canyon on the railroad. Beautiful views and first time experiencing the Phainopepla.
Midgley Bridge, Sedona, AZ
First morning in AZ I went on a hike around Midgley Bridge near Sedona, AZ. Beautiful morning and found a few life birds near the creek.
Red Rocks State Park, Sedona, AZ
Family outing at this nice state park resulted in 7 more life birds!
South Carolina Spring Birding
The last few years I have gone to the Santee Birding Festival in the Spring. It is a great event and this year in addition to the trips offered by the Festival I also did some personal trips to further explore the Charleston area.
Day 1: Huntington Beach State Park
Day 2: Francis Marion National Forest
Day 2: Pitt Street Causeway, Charleston, SC
Day 3: Bear Island WMA
Day 3: Donnelley WMA
Day 4: Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Day 5: Francis Beidler Forest
Day 5: Pitt Street Causeway, Charleston, SC
Mason Farm And Morrow Mountain
Red-necked Grebe At Lake Crabtree
2013 Santee Birding Festival
This past weekend I went to the 2013 Santee Birding Festival for the 3rd year in a row. It is a wonderful event which I would heartily recommend.
This year I went to the following locations for the first time:
- Bear Island WMA
- Donnelley WMA
I picked up several life birds on this trip, including:
- Common Nighthawk
- Black-necked Stilt
- Marsh Wren
- Swainson's Warbler
- Bachman's Sparrow
- Black-bellied Whistling Duck
- Greater Yellowlegs
- Lesser Yellowlegs
- Clapper Rail
- King Rail
Beautiful Spring Day at Yates Mill...
Got a later start than I normally do but still had a great time.
Just spent a few days in Clackamas County, Oregon attending a wedding. Spent a good part of a day birding at Milo McIver State Park and Feyrer Park near Molalla, OR.
Wilmington Area Birding
Went with friends to check out the birds in the Wilmington area. Ended up with a few life birds and had a great time.
Nice morning trip to the Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Didn't see the White-crowned Sparrow again but caught some other common birds up close.
Quick trip to Yates Mill Today - saw a gorgeous Goldfinch.
Prairie Ridge Ecostation
I hadn't been to the Prairie Ridge Ecostation for awhile and good thing I went - I got another life bird - the White-crowned Sparrow!
River North Park, Greenville, NC
Went to River North Park in Greenville for the first time. I got some really nice looks at a immature Black-crowned Night Heron and also a thrush - not sure which type!
A quiet morning at Ebeneezer Point at Jordan Lake. Few migrants but it was nice to hear the Kinglets are back as well as the Red-headed nuthatches. A Brown-headed nuthatch posed nicely and I got these photos.
Went to Ebenezer Point at Jordan Lake and found a nice variety of warblers. Also saw several Bald Eagles!
We had a big rainfall overnight and expected possible a possible fallout this morning. I went to Lake Crabtree and honestly I didn't see as much as usual. I did find this Prairie Warbler that got close enough for some nice pictures.
I've been reading up on proper monopod technique so I can get better images with my Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens. This is a reasonably sharp lens but it has no image stabilization. I had a helpful Northern Mockingbird today in the backyard to help in my practice.
I was looking through my old photos (I have a huge backlog I haven't processed) and found some life birds from a trip to Arizona in 2008.
Spent the morning of June 30th, 2012 in the Mt. Pisgah area in the North Carolina mountains. Heard several Veery and Winter Wren singing for the first time - very cool!
Over Labor Day my family rented a cabin in Henderonville, NC. This area has a well known birding hotspot called Jackon Park. In particular, it is a prime spot to catch migratory birds such as warblers. Here are some photos from my trip...
Went to the Hendersonville, NC area for Labor Day. I heard about a turf farm on Hooper Lane which had some nice birds recently. I managed to get 2 lifers - a Northern Harrier and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
My daughter and I went for a hike around Bond Lake this morning. It had been quite awhile since we'd been able to do this. The weather was nice and cool and we were lucky to see a variety of animals. Our favorite find of the day was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest with a female sitting in it. Hopefully that means soon there will be some young hummingbirds!
Spent a morning at Mason Farms in Chapel Hill, NC birding. Plenty of warblers and some other interesting finds.
Today I went to Howell Woods with a group of birders. We were hoping to experience a variety of vireos and warblers and were not disappointed. My friend Eddie kept a tally and we ended up with 52 species total.
Among the species we saw were:
- Several Pileated Woodpeckers flying through the woods
- Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos
- Prairie, Palm, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, and Hooded Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, and the prize of the day - a Swainson's Warbler
- Scarlet and Summer Tanagers
- Indigo Buntings
All total we birded for about 6 hours and it was a wonderful day.