Oliver’s Birding Blog | Florida 2019

Feb 14 After months of waiting, the day finally came when we drove to Southern Florida, a 20-hour drive from Chicago. Just about 4 hours into the trip, I spotted a field covered in white specks. They were Snow Geese; thousands of them! I immediately started looking with my binoculars outside the passenger window forContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Florida 2019”

September 9th WBC walk

Today we started at Gilson Park, a fairly small park on Lake Michigan but good for migrants. Winds did not seem to be in our favour for passerine migrants but looked good for jaegers and Sabine’s Gulls so Lucas and I scanned for those rare seabirds but to no avail. Next, we met up withContinue reading “September 9th WBC walk”

July 8 WBC rarity search

After some confusion, because the marker for the meeting location went to the Quality Inn instead of the main parking lot, we started off the day at Goose Lake Prairie SP. We began walking finding lots of Yellow-breasted Chats and Sedge Wrens. When we got to the King Rail spot, we found both of the KIRAsContinue reading “July 8 WBC rarity search”

Montrose Point WBC trip report – 5/21/2017

Right as we got out of our car at Montrose Point, we saw tons of birds! Lucas R. and I, who got there 15 minutes early, scanned the entrance to the hedge finding our first migrants and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. At 7, we met up with the rest of the group – to me, it seemedContinue reading “Montrose Point WBC trip report – 5/21/2017”

1st annual WBC big day

At 3:45 AM Lucas R. and Derek D. started off the day at Rollins Savanna finding only some Canada Geese. Next, they went to IBSP once again finding very little. However, they did find some calling Eastern Whip-poor-wills. After that, they drove down to Montrose Point where I met up with them at 5:45. AtContinue reading “1st annual WBC big day”

April 15th Whimbrel Birders Club trip report

Today, Isoo O’Brien lead us through McClaughry Springs FP and Orland Grassland. We started at McClaughry Springs FP with hopes of finding a Louisiana Waterthrush, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Carolina Wrens. At the beginning of our walk, Isoo already had a couple Carolina Wrens. Isoo led us through the woods as we found a Pileated Woodpecker, Louisiana Waterthrush, aContinue reading “April 15th Whimbrel Birders Club trip report”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Chain O’Lakes State Park – 4/4/2017

We started today off at Lake Front Park with our Tuesday birding group. At Lake Front Park we got wet, but we found lots of American White Pelicans. Next, we drove to Chain O’Lakes SP. We pulled into a small overlook and found Wilson’s Snipe (a bird that I have not seen in two years),Continue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Chain O’Lakes State Park – 4/4/2017”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | South Carolina trip – 3/24/2017 to 3/31/2017

I lost my post that I wrote for the first four days so those days may be somewhat incomplete. DAY 1 CARPENTERSVILLE, IL TO LEXINGTON, KY Within the first few minutes of our vacation, we saw two male Ring-necked Pheasants (one was on the Kane county side on the sign and not an eBird rareContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | South Carolina trip – 3/24/2017 to 3/31/2017”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Crabtree Nature Center and Baker’s Lake – 3/19/2017

Today we met up with Isoo O’Brian and his father at Crabtree Nature Center to look for the continuing Harris’s Sparrow. We met at 8 AM but the nature center did not open until 9 AM so we walked to Crabtree Lake where we found Bufflehead, Hooded & Common Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, and some Ring-necked DucksContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Crabtree Nature Center and Baker’s Lake – 3/19/2017”

Oliver’s Birding Blog | Crabtree NC – 3/11/2017

After a fairly short Whimbrel Birders Club walk, I decided that we should check Crabtree NC on the way home. We walked up to the nature center to look for the Harris’s Sparrow that was seen there last week. Outside the nature center, there were 80 to 120 Red-winged Blackbirds with a few grackles mixedContinue reading “Oliver’s Birding Blog | Crabtree NC – 3/11/2017”