Long-tailed Duck, Hancock April 28 2016

Birding while I sleep

I have been operating a nocturnal flight call station from my house in Hancock for several years, recording nocturnal migrants each spring and fall as they pass over, sight unseen. If a sparrow flies over my house and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer is yes, if the […]

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Hawks Aloft, Maurice Broun

Update #3 – Why Kettle of One?

If you have been to a hawkwatch in New England during mid-September you will have heard people talk knowingly about kettles. Perhaps the term was explained to you as the collective noun for a tight group of thermaling hawks, but that doesn’t tell you about the etymology of this strange phrase. I have heard the […]

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Route from NH to Bogota

Update #2 – Kettle of One

Update #2 April 1, 2016 This is a rough but fairly accurate outline of my route, with nearest major cities. I am trying to contain the costs of this 6-month endeavor by limiting the number of hotel nights. So, if you think you live on or near the route and would be willing to put […]

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Greylag Goose, Inch Donegal, January 5, 2016

Birding postcard from Ireland

I spent a couple of days earlier this month with Eugene Sweeney, a birding friend from Ireland. Instead of hitting Wexford, which is what we have always done when I go home, we headed north to Donegal, hitting Malin Head and Inch Marshes. This was my first time to the latter site and I had […]

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