This cold winter seems to be finally releasing its iron grasp on much of the northern US and Canada, and is giving way to thoughts of warmer weather and the arrival of the first spring migrants. With these first migrants have come some great blog posts from the young birding community.
Lucas Bobay from Birding With Bobay goes out to chase an Eared Grebe being seen at Jordan Lake in North Carolina:
We have reached the point where Winter is pretty much over, and Spring isn’t quite here yet – it’ll be another month before I hear the calls of Waterthrushes, Ovenbirds, and Acadian Flycatchers. This March has, however, been pretty good for Piedmont birding, especially in the water bird department. Red-necked Grebes and White-winged Scoters, usually quite rare inland, have become almost commonplace this month. I saw several reports of another, rarer bird – an Eared Grebe – from Jordan Lake. It would be a new North Carolina bird for me, so I couldn’t resist chasing it.
Charlotte Wasylik at Prairie Birder celebrates World House Sparrow Day to bring awareness to the house sparrow’s decline in its native range:
World House Sparrow Day has been celebrated on March 20th every year since its establishment in 2010. Even though we’re past March 20th, there are still a few ways you can help the House Sparrow (if you’re outside of North America) by putting up nest boxes and bird feeders.
Happy belated World House Sparrow Day everyone!
Cedric Duhalde from Birder From the Bay goes birding by bike which is something all birders should do more often:
Up here in Humboldt County, I lack something that would greatly aid my birding. It has four wheels and goes “vroom-vroom“. For those of you who are onomatopoeically ignorant, I’m lacking a car. Back home in Pacifica, my parents were very lenient with their lending me the car, which I will forever be grateful for, especially now experiencing life without a vehicle, so getting around San Mateo County, or doing the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count in the Presidio, or chasing a Rusty Blackbird in Marin County, wasn’t an issue at all! However, now chasing a Black Vulture in Ferndale, or attempting to find a Ruffed Grouse along Maple Creek Rd., or even chasing a Burrowing Owl at Clam Beach, becomes extremely problematic. Luckily, I have my trusty bike that dates back to the 80s!
The author at Beaking Off reunites with some friends that they met at the Young Ornithologist Workshop in Long Point, Ontario:
One of the good birding spots we hit was ‘Burlington Ship Canal’, where ducks gathered by the hundreds. The flock consisted mainly of Long-tailed Ducks and Greater Scaup, but there were some other duck species, a few Mute Swans, a lone Common Loon, and a lifer female King Eider! The eider was a great surprise – a bird we had planned to find going there, but one that I had not originally expected when coming to visit.
Not to leave out our brethren on the other side of the Atlantic, the author of Midlands Birder sees and gets some lovely photographs of a Smew in Worchester in the UK:
With this corner of the reservoir being very productive, i was reluctant to leave, but soon we headed off around onto Farbourgh bank, and about half way along a small flock of Goldeneye appeared, and while scanning them as they flew in a ‘white’ duck was tagging along with them. I was shouting out SMEW as a stunning looking adult drake flew in, which was greeted by some odd looks from some walkers by, but luckily the bird then went onto drop onto the water just in front of us!