Sunday, January 14, 2018

Panama Birding Links

This post is to provide links to web sites offering good birding opportunities in Panama. Sally and I have visited these locations (like Canopy Tower, above), or used the services of these providers (like Victor Emanuel Nature Tours), and have been very pleased with them.

Canopy Tower (Gamboa), Canopy Lodge (El Valle), Canopy Camp (the Darien)

Los Quetzales Ecolodge (Chirqui Highlands) 

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (aka VENT)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Rufous/Allen's in the Snow

She is still with us after all the cold weather and snow. Such a treat.....and a BIG responsibility. We make sure she always has unfrozen syrup in her feeders.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Class Wed, Dec 13, is CANCELLED due extreme wind and cold

Winds Wed are forecast to be WNW 21 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 40 kt. The High temp is forecast to be 33 deg F. As you probably know, Indian River Inlet is exposed, and usually feels much colder than anywhere else nearby. We wish all a Happy and Safe Holiday. Bill and Sally

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Pic of our Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird visitor

RE the video, I will try again, but I am guessing the video file was too large. So for now here is the latest pic after I set up a mister to get her bathing and fanning her tail.

Previous - Many of you saw this Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird on the field trip to our house about 2 weeks ago. Hopefully the below linked video of this little darling taken today works for you. She really does bring a smile to Sally every time she arrives.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

OLLI Birding Field Trip, Nov 8, 2017

The current radar looks good. The chance of rain is listed as 40% by NOAA. So our field trip is ON and I will be at Gordon's Pond parking lot just north of Rehoboth at 8 am. Rob Blye will be assisting me. Sally will be home recovering under the care of a Cadbury home caregiver.

It will be cool and windy, with perhaps a sprinkle, so dress appropriately.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Summary of Oct 18 field trip to Fintel's yard, Oster Rocks Rd, and the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch

On this field trip we observed 45 species, including a few notables such as a Rufous/Allen's type Hummingbird, and a Golden Eagle. The eagle came by the hawk watch late, so most class members had already left. Two other lesser highlights were a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the hawk watch, and a very close and cooperative Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Oyster Rocks Rd.

In the Fintel's yard we had several questions about feeders, so following are a few links:

The Wood Bark Suet Sandwich Woodpecker Feeder is available through Amazon. (click for link)

The Droll Yankee Domed Cage Feeder is also available through Amazon. Remember that the dome on this feeder is not squirrel proof, so it should be protected by a squirrel baffle. Good squirrel baffles are available locally at Ace hardware, etc.

The Humzinger Hummingbird Feeder is also available through Amazon, as is the Ant Trap.

Our favorite suet recipe is:

No Melt Bird Suet
Sally Fintel and  WildBird Magazine,  Dec. 1994

18 oz. crunchy peanut butter
2 cups (1 lb.) lard – no substitutions
4 cups quick oats
4 cups yellow corn meal
2 cups white flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar

Melt lard and peanut butter together over low heat. Remove from heat and thoroughly mix in remaining ingredients. Transfer to shallow Styrofoam veggie or meat containers. Cover & store in refridge or freeze. Slice and use to fill suet stick, as needed. Birds love this all year round.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Summary, Oct 11, 2017 Field Trip to Cape Henlopen State Park

In spite of the forecast of showers, we had 12 hardy birders meet us at 8 am at the Nature Center. It did rain some, but everyone was prepared....or hardy. Following are the highlight birds from today:
American Oystercatcher
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Great Blue Heron 
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Eastern Towhee
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Peregrine Falcon
Our total species count was 23 species, which is low, but okay for the weather we had. I will compile a combined checklist for our 5 field trips, and we will review it in our last class.

The major highlight today was a second Peregrine Falcon flying by us at Herring Point with a bird in its talons. Incredibly, this bird escaped letting out a shriek, and it turned out to be a Merlin. The Merlin was VERY mad, and started attacking the Peregrine. Both birds eventually departed looking healthy, although with a few ruffled feathers. The Peregrine was an immature. Below is a picture of an adult Peregrine taken by John Long on a Sussex Bird Club field trip at Cape Henlopen in 2015.

As promised, the link to Delaware Birds
You can access the postings without becoming a member. If you join, the postings arrive in the email address you provide. I have set up a separate email address to receive these, as they are quite numerous.

This is the link to the Wedge-tailed Eagle attacking drones in Australia