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The Naturalist
North Carolina
Birder, Naturalist, Environmentalist, Astronomer
Interests: Birds Sustainability and Conservation Dragonflies and Damselflies Butterflies Reptiles and Amphibians Astronomy Mammals Moths
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Hey everyone, this is the first post of many that are 'catching up' to the current time. I figured I would start with last November, as that was a good month for some excellent birds. As the title of the post notes, in mid-November I traveled to Quebec to chase... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Birding With Kyle
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Its been a while since I have posted anything to the blog. I've been so busy but have made it one of my New Year's resolutions to begin to post stuff again on my blog. I have lots of cool things to share, many spectacular animals and some great photos.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Birding With Kyle
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For a week in June I went on a road trip to southern Florida, the Keys in particular. Along the way and in the area I did much birding, and also went to the Dry Tortugas. I had 3 lifers: Common Myna, Sooty Tern, and, best bird of the trip,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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For the last part of May I interned in WY, assisting with an Umbrella Species Project to determine what species, specifically birds, would benefit from protecting habitat for Sage-grouse. While in WY I saw lots of great wildlife, including 5 lifer birds: White-faced Ibis, Lark Bunting, Greater Sage-grouse, Prairie Falcon,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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Had a great spring vacation on north Andros, Bahamas, where we stayed at Small Hope Bay Lodge. I found many great birds, including 10 lifers: Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Mockingbird, Bahama Yellowthroat, Cuban Emerald, Bahama Swallow, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Bahama Oriole, Key West Quail-Dove, Great Lizard-Cuckoo, and Cuban Pewee. I also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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On March 18, John Fussel, John Voigt, Jack Fennel, Mona Bearor, and myself beat the Ammodramus challenge, to see all 6 Ammodramus species found in NC in a single day. We started out at North River Farms where we got killer looks at a Henslow's Sparrow, and also Le Conte's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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I was in Puerto Rico from February 18th to the 23rd with my family for winter break. I birded on my own and then with a guide, Gabriel Lugo. Had a great time, many great birds. I had 35 lifer birds and many other new animals, including the endangered Yellow-shouldered... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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Feb. 11 Pelagic trip off of Cape Hatteras, NC with Brian Patteson. A fantastic day, probably one of the best winter pelagic trips Patteson has done in some time (though the trip after mine had a Black-browed Albatross!). Two lifers: about 10 Northern Fulmar and atleast 1 Great Skua!; 1... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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On December 28 Brian Bockhahn and myself traveled down to the coast for two days of intense christmas birding. We started at Pea Island, covering the Wanchese area. Just as it was starting to get light out, we had a Short-eared Owl fly over the marsh, a state bird for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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On December 19, during the Durham CBC, Brian Bockhahn found a Greater White-fronted Goose on a pond with many Canada Geese. Being only 25 minutes away from me, I quickly drove over to the goose. This was a state bird (#301) for me, and the first time I have seen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
Extremely early on the morning of December 17, Brian Bockhahn, Ali Iyoob, Michael McCloy, and myself left Raleigh and traveled to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, TN in the hopes of seeing the Hooded Crane and any of the Whooping Cranes reported in the previous days. With the possibility that the Hooded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
Hey everyone, birding in Grand Cayman was a blast!! I saw some fantastic birds, including Caribbean Dove and American Flamingo. All in all, I had 12 lifers and one North American Bird. Check out my flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawk-eagle/sets/72157628119735433/, for pics that I uploaded during my stay on the island. Lifers: Greater... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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This morning I traveled with Nate Swick, Robert Meehan, and Ali Iyoob to Riverbend Park to see the Allen's Hummingbird. We did not have to wait long before we saw the bird come to the feeders. It seemed to appear every 20 or so minutes. The hummingbird had several favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
This morning a friend and I traveled down to New Bern to view the Anna's Hummingbird. We arrived at the house around 8:30 a.m. and soon heard the hummingbird vocalizing. The bird appeared sort of skittish, disappearing for times and calling from secluded perches. It was pretty neat to hear... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
This morning I traveled to NC State to search for a long time nemesis of mine, the Nashville Warbler. I reached the pond southeast of the track and started to search for signs of the warbler. There were lots of other birds present, including White-throated and Swamp Sparrows and Yellow-rumpeds,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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This afternoon I traveled over to Cary to search for the Ross's Goose, a state bird for me. As I was walking down to the pond I saw the Ross's Goose, with some Canada Geese, push off from the land and join the rest of the geese on the pond.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
This afternoon as I was leaving my orthodontists off of Creedmoor Rd. I saw some warblers flying around a small tree at the corner of the parking lot. Upon getting closer I noticed 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, an adult and juvenile, at the top of the tree. Then, foraging in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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This afternoon I traveled to Jordan Lake to the Fearrington Point Road Bridge to search for the Franklin's Gull. After locating the huge gull flock it only took me a quick scan before I spotted the FRANKLIN'S GULL, a lifer for me! The bird was sitting on the spit with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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Today, from 4:30 am to 7:30 pm, I joined Brian Bockhahn at Sandling Beach, Falls Lake, for the Big Sit. We had some pretty good birds for the day, such as a Merlin that I found perched on a tree along the lake shore. But for me, the best part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Birding With Kyle
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On the morning of October 7 myself, Brian, and three other birders met down at North River marsh to search for Yellow Rails. Our search was not successful unfortunately, even though we covered the marsh very effectively, and Brian and myself recovered at dusk where we began in the morning.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Birding With Kyle
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Went looking for migrants this evening along my creek. Below is my list. Oct 2, 2011 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) 13 species Chimney Swift 5 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Swainson's Thrush 2 Hermit Thrush 1 Wood Thrush 8 American Redstart 4 Northern Parula... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Birding With Kyle
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I was seeing several migrants foraging near our bird feeders, such as Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Magnolia Warbler, so I decided to go outside along my creek this morning for a couple hours. I was hoping that the cold weather had pushed some different stuff into the area, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Birding With Kyle
Went outside this afternoon for a little more than an hour, exploring my creek. Had a pretty decent showing of migrants, with the highlight being Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Below is the list of migrants/warblers I had this afternoon. - Chimney Swifts-2 Eastern Wood-Pewee-1 White-eyed Vireo-2 Red-eyed Vireo-1 Veery-1 Gray-cheeked Thrush-2 Swainson's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Birding With Kyle
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This afternoon I went outside and birded along my creek for about an hour. I didn't encounter many warblers, but I went to my special spot and was able to have some very good thrush action. This spot is where several dogwood and other berry trees are located, and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at Birding With Kyle
After it stopped raining this morning I went outside and explored the area along my creek. I encountered several decent-sized groups of migrants. Below is a list of all the migrants and warblers that I saw. Acadian Flycatcher White-eyed Vireo-1 Red-eyed Vireo-2 Veery-1 Swainson's Thrush-2 Wood Thrush-8 Northern Parula-3 Chestnut-sided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at Birding With Kyle