Gail and I enjoy seeing wild birds on our travels as well as at home. Here are some photos we have taken over the years. Some of them are from exotic locales: our vacation to the Galápagos Islands in 2007, to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2010, 2011, January 2012, and November 2012, to El Salvador to Germany to Hawaiʻi to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques to Aruba and to Bonaire. Others were seen near home and on our RV trips to the Midwest in 2011 and 2012, to Idaho in 2013, to Washington in 2014 to Utah in 2015, to Oregon in 2016. and back to Utah in 2017 .

I’m not a serious photographer. My first camera was a Finepix S700, which I replaced in 2013 with a Nikon Coolpix P520, both point-and-shoot cameras. Then I replaced the Coolpix P520 with a Nikon Coolpix P900 on April 10, 2018.

And I’m not a serious birder - we’ve not travelled any distance for the express purpose of seeing birds, or signed up for birding tours. This web page is more of an illustrated list than an attempt at high-quality nature photography. I am pleased with some of the photographs, but in others the subjects are decidedly blurry. When I’ve obtained better photos, I’ve replaced the older, blurrier ones originally on this page.

The photos are arranged somewhat chronologically.

Pelicans and gulls over the Pacific at sunset
Carl Washburne Memorial State Park, Oregon (2016)



GALÁPAGOS - 2007

The Galápagos are a great place to see exotic birds because nearly everything there is exotic in some way or other and because the birds are nearly fearless of people. We went there at the beginning of July 2007. I also photographed a Vermilion Flycatcher, but got a better image in Arizona in 2016.

A Medium Ground Finch perched in a tree
on Santa Cruz Island, the Galápagos (2007)
A Galapagos finch perched in a tree. This bird is relatively non-descript. It has a heavy bill, a light tan belly and head, and a brown wing with stripes.

A Magnificent Frigatebird soaring
above North Seymour Island, the Galápagos (2007)

Male frigatebirds trying to attract a mate
on North Seymour Island, the Galápagos (2007)
A soaring frigatebird against a blue sky. This one has its wings straight out to the side and its tail spread in a V shape. The red pouch is very distinct. Two male frigatebirds trying to attract a mate by puffing out its red pouch. They are sitting among low bushes on the island.


Galápagos (or Waved) Albatross soaring along the edge of the cliff
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)


Albatrosses performing a courtship dance
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)
Soaring albatross Courting albatrosses


Cuckoo on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)


Lava Gull photographed by Gail
on North Seymour, the Galápagos (2007)


Blue-footed Boobies engaged in a courting dance
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)


Blue-footed Booby and its chick
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)
These two gull-sized birds are both facing to the right. One's bill is pointing to the ground and the other's is lifted up to the sky. Their heads and backs are brown and white, and their wings are all brown. The bright blue feet of one are visible. The chick is covered with white down and has a large dark bill. Its head is turned away from the adult. There may be a second chick mostly hidden behind the adult. Brush with green leaves is behind the birds.


Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)


Galápagos Dove
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)
The heron is walk away from the camera. It is grey except for a white stripe behind its eye. The dove is standing on the ground among bare branches. It has bright red legs and a blue eye.


Nazca Booby on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)


Galápagos hawk about to fly
on Española Isle, the Galápagos (2007)
The bird is standing on some guano-covered rocks. It is white with black wings. Its orange bill is lowered and lying on its breast. A Galápagos hawk with its wings outspread and with all dark feathers is standing on a stick with a leafless bush behind it.


Wilson's Storm Petrels almost dancing upon the sea
between Española Isle and Punta Cormorãn, the Galápagos (2007)


Flamingo in a lagoon
at Punta Cormorãn, the Galápagos (2007)
Two storm petrels almost dancing upon the sea. Their wings and bodies are dark grey and their wings are spread straight out. The legs are extended down to the water and you can see ripples where they recently touched. Their tails begin with a band of white and the ends are black. Flamingos are standing in a pond that is surrounded by green shrubs.


Penguin swimming in Post Office Bay,
Isla Floreana, Galápagos (2007)


Pacific Hornero at the Malecon 2000
Guayaquil, Ecuador (2007)



MARYLAND - 2007

Back home in Maryland during a walk on Christmas we saw a few birds wintering in Maryland.
Great Blue Heron at Centennial Lake, Columbia, MD (Dec 2007)
The mostly grey bird is silhouetted against the water. It has a black and brown shoulder patch. Its face is mostly white except for a black stripe that begins at the base of its bill, goes above its eye and ends in a crest at the back of the head.



WISCONSIN - 2008

I got a good photo of a swallow during our May 2008 trip to the Midwest to attend one niece's wedding and another's graduation, and to visit friends.
Barn Swallow at Pepin, WI,
on the shore of the Mississippi River (May 2008)
Perched on a rusty pipe in front of a blue sky, the bird is looking straight at the camera. It has a reddish-brown forehead and throat. Its body is at right-angles to the camera nad has deep blue wings, a light white to yellow belly and a patch of orange under its tail.



FLORIDA - 2009

A trip to Florida to watch the launch of the Space Shuttle for its mission 125 to service the Hubble Space Telescope brought sights of other birds.
Anhinga at the Kennedy Space Center, FL (May 2009) Boat-Tailed Grackles (male and female)
at the Kennedy Space Center, FL (May 2009)


Osprey on a piling at Caladesi Island near Tampa, FL (May 2009)
Unconcerned osprey looks to the left.



NEW YORK - 2009

Even in New York City you can find interesting bird photos.
A pigeon on the Empire State Building, New York (July 2009)



MARYLAND - 2010

I photographed these birds after Maryland's great snowstorm in February 2010.
White Throated Sparrow in Columbia, MD (Feb 2010) Song Sparrow in Columbia, MD (Feb 2010)
This bird has a white belly, a grey chest and a white throat. The top of the head is black except for a white stripe at the very top and above the eye. The is a yellow patch in the white stripe above the eye that is just forward of the eye. The bird has a white belly with a black patch on its chest. Its side has dark stripes.



EL SALVADOR - 2010

We did not spend much time outside of San Salvador when we were in El Salvador but our hostess pointed out this striking bird at the archeological site of Joya de Cerén.
Torogoz, the national bird of El Salvador
at Joya de Cerén, El Salvador (July 2010)
A torogoz sitting on a wire with tree leaves 
                 in the background. The bird's back is to us
                 with its head turned to the right. Its back is
                 orange, the wings are green and blue. The long
                 tail is bright blue ending in black tips.



MICHIGAN - 2010

Another visit to Michigan allowed me to get more bird photos.
Ring-Billed Gull
at Mackinac Island, MI (Aug 2010)
Female Red-breasted Mergansers on Lake Superior
at Marquette, MI (Aug 2010)
The bird is standing with its left side toward the camera on pebbly beach with the water and the bare limbs of a dead sappling behind it. The bird has a grey wing, white belly, white tail and white head. The tip of its beak is black.



ST. JOHN, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - 2011-2012

St. John in the Virgin Islands is a great place for bird watching too. This section combines photos from all of our visits there. A Purple-throated Carib hummingbird visited the tree alongside our deck several times. I tried to get a photo, but all I got was a purple and black blur.
Great Egret on the shore of Waterlemon Bay, St. John (2011) Immature Little Blue Heron
on the shore of Waterlemon Bay, St. John (2012)
This bird had all white feathers, a yellow-orange bill and dark legs. Its neck has an S-shape. It is standing on a rocky shore, looking to the left. This bird had all white feathers, a blue bill with a dark tip and yellow legs. Its neck and body make a continuous line. It is standing among trees and shrubs, looking to the right.


Scaly Naped Pigeon at Maho Bay Campground, St. John (2012)
The pigeon is sitting in a tree with the waters of the bay in the background. It is shaped like a morning dove. It is dark but its head and neck are marron. There is a patch of bare skin around its eye.


Brown Pelican on Maho Bay, St. John (2012)


Pearly-Eyed Thrasher at Maho Bay Campground, St. John (2012)
The pelican is floating on the water. Its body is grey, its neck is brown and its head is white. Its bill is resting on its neck and the point is in the water. This bird has mostly brown feathers. There is a edge of white at the end of the tail and edging some of the back and wing feathers. It is a white eye.



In 2011, we bought a Moving House and traveled around the Midwest for nine weeks on a shake-down cruise.
Cedar Waxwing at La Pointe, WI (4 July 2011)
This bird is perched on a tree limb in front of a fir tree. 
               It has a black mask, a crest, a yellow belly and a tan wing and tail. 
               There is a tiny spot of red on its wing.


MARYLAND - 2012

In February 2012 I began practicing photographing birds after sharing the photo of the Torogoz with cousin Brad, and then seeing Hooded Mergansers on a local pond. What follows is a result of my practice. Most of the photos were taken while I was walking for exercise in the neighborhood. I also took a photo of Belted Kingfisher with a fish in its mouth near the Little Patuxent River in March, but it was at a long distance and I got a better photo two years later. Similarly, I got out-of-focus photos of two Piliated Woodpeckers, and later got a better image.
Hooded Merganser pair
at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)
Male Hooded Merganser
at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)


Canada Geese
at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)


Mallard pair
at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)


Ring-Necked Ducks on Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)


Canvasback Duck on Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)


Male Northern Cardinal in Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)


Black Vulture perched on a utility pole
at Huntington, Columbia, MD (Feb 2012)
The bird is perched among snowy twigs and is facing to the right. It is all red except for a black face and throat. It has dark legs.


American Robin at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (March 2012)


Carolina Wren at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (March 2012)


House Sparrow at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (March 2012)


Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk (I think)
at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (March 2012)


American Coot on Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (March 2012)


Pied-Billed Grebe
on small pond below Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (March 2012)


Eastern Phoebe near Little Patuxent River,
Columbia, MD (March 2012)


Carolina Chickadee near Little Patuxent River
Columbia, MD (March 2012)


Soaring Turkey Vulture at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2012)


American Crow in Columbia, MD (April 2012)


Two Morning Doves at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2012)


Common Tern at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (April 2012)


Female Red-Winged Blackbird at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2012)


Red-Winged Blackbird at Lake Elkhorn (April 2012)


Brown-Headed Cowbird at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2012)


Red-Bellied Woodpecker at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (April 2012)


Barn Swallow at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (April 2012)
Bird with bright red cap, and black and white horizontal stripes on
               its back. It is clinging to the side of a tree. Photo of the bird in flight. Its blue back and a little
            of its rusty orange throat is visible. The wings and the
            background leaves are a blur.


Spotted Sandpiper at Forebay Pond
above Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (May 2012)


Solitary Sandpiper at Forebay Pond
above Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (May 2012)


Baltimore Oriole
at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (May 2012)


Female Baltimore Oriole
at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (May 2012)


Gray Catbird
at McGills Common, Columbia, MD (May 2012)



NEW YORK - 2012

We visited CJ in Brooklyn in early April 2012. I saw this gull at Coney Island.


Laughing Gull on the beach
Coney Island, NY (April 2012)



GERMANY - 2012

In May and June 2012, we visited Germany. There I saw a number of birds that were relatively common in Europe, but new to me.


Bullfinch at Gelsenkirchen, Germany (May 2012)


Robin at Gelsenkirchen, Germany (May 2012)


Greenfinch at Gelsenkirchen, Germany (May 2012)


Buzzard flying overhead at Gelsenkirchen, Germany (May 2012)


Oystercatcher at Xanten, Germany (May 2012)


White Wagtail in the Sauerland, Germany (May 2012)


Wood Pigeons at Münster, Germany (May 2012)


Jackdaw at Münster, Germany (May 2012)


Blackbird, the European version of the American Robin
at Münster, Germany (May 2012)


Magpie, seen from directly underneath,
at Münster, Germany (May 2012)


Barnacle Geese at Schloss Lembeck (June 2012)


Song Thrush at Schloss Lembeck (June 2012)


Chafinch at Schloss Lembeck (June 2012)


Two birds, in front with its back to us, a Blue tit,
in back, uncertain, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (June 2012)



MIDWEST - 2012

During summer of 2012 we roamed the Midwest again with our Moving House. Among other places, we visited the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Some of the birds we saw are pictured here. We also saw a Eastern Wood Pewee in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and a female Green-Winged Teal at the Madison Municipal Sewerage District ponds.


Green Heron in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (July 2012)


Two tree Swallows in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (July 2012)


Trumpeter Swan at Seney National Wildlife Refuge (July 2012)


Eastern Kingbird at Seney National Wildlife Refuge (July 2012)


Common Snipe at Seney National Wildlife Refuge (July 2012)


Two Common Loons on the Michigamme River, Iron County, Michigan (July 2012)

Herring Gull, Gooseberry Falls State Park
Two Harbors, MN (Aug 2012)

Tennessee Warbler, Mount McKay
Thunder Bay, Ontario (Aug 2012)

Chesnut-Sided Warbler
Kakabeka Falls Village, Ontario (Aug 2012)

Probably a Red-Tailed Hawk
Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin (Aug 2012)

Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin (Aug 2012)

Two Killdeers,
Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin (Aug 2012)

Two Sandhill Cranes at Governor Nelson State Park
Wisconsin (Sept 2012)
Two sandhill cranes stand in the shade of a tree 
                 with a backdrop of tall prairie grass. They long legs, 
                 bodies with subtle shades of tan feathers, long grey 
                 necks and red crests

Wild Turkey alongside Moorland Road
Madison, Wisconsin (Sept 2012)

Yellow-Shafted Flicker at Lake Farm Park
Madison, Wisconsin (Sept 2012)

Flying Chimney Swift at the Lake Farm Park
Madison, WI (Sept 2012)

House Wren at the U of W Arboretum
Madison, WI (Sept 2012)
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Nashville Warbler at the UW Arboretum
Madison, WI (Sept 2012)

Northern Shoveler with Canada Goose
Madison Municipal Sewerage District ponds (Sept 2012)
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ST. JOHN, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - 2012

In November 2012, Gail and I took a vacation on St. John again. My waterproof camera leaked after the first 1/2 hour so I have very few fish photographs, but I did get a nice assortment of new bird photos.

White-Cheeked Pintail at Francis Pond,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Clapper Rail from a long distance at Francis Pond,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)
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Black-Necked Stilt at Francis Pond,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Little Blue Heron at Waterlemon Bay
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)
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Zenaida Dove at the Maho Bay Campground,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Brindled Quail-Dove on the Cinnamon Bay Trail
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)
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Gray Kingbird at Maho Bay beach
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Smooth-Billed Ani on the road to Leinster Bay,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)
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Green-Throated Carib hummingbird at Maho Bay beach
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Maybe a Antillean Crested Hummingbird
(its bill is straight, but I don't see a crest)
on Ram Head, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)
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Wilson's Plover on the beach below Maho Bay Campground
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Bananaquit at Maho Bay Campground
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)
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            a long, downward curving beak, 
            pink at the base of its beak and 
            a white stripe above its eye

Brown Booby on a rock near Leinster Bay,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)

Cattle Egret with goats near Coral Bay,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 2012)



MARYLAND - 2012-2013

Back home again, I resumed taking photographs during my walks for exercise. In addition, on Dec. 3, we hung a bird feeder from our deck. That increased the traffic of birds in our backyard, and allowed me to get improved photos of some species and photos of some species I had not gotten before.

Tufted Titmouse at our feeder
MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (December 2012)

Blue Jay at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (December 2012)
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Red-Breasted Nuthatch at MacGills Common,
Columbia, MD (December 2012)

Slate-Colored Junco at MacGills Common,
Columbia, MD (December 2012)
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House Finch at MacGills Common,
Columbia, MD (December 2012)


Northern Mockingbird at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (Jan 2013)
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Redhead Duck at Lake Elkhorn,
Columbia, MD (January 2013)


Red-Shouldered Hawk at MacGills Common,
Columbia, MD (February 2013)
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Female Lesser Scaup at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (March 2013)


Downy Woodpecker at MacGills Common,
Columbia, MD (March 2013)
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White-breasted Nuthatch at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2013)
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Double-Crested Cormorant at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2013)


Common Grackle at Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (April 2013)
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                  in Lake Elkhorn. Its back is turned toward the camera with
                   outstretched wings. Put a photo here

Starling near Lake Elkhorn
Columbia, MD (May 2013)

Indigo Bunting near the Little Patuxent River
Columbia, MD (May 2013)



DELAWARE - 2013

In early April 2013 we went camping at Lewes, Delaware. It is on the Atlantic flyway. The weather was very chilly so we did not see a lot of new species, but I did get photos of some new birds.

Sanderling at Cape Henlopen State Park
Lewes, DE (April 2013)
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IDAHO AND AND PLACES ALONG THE WAY - 2013

During summer of 2013 we travelled to Idaho with our Moving House to volunteer at the Bruneau Dunes State Park. Along the way, we visited the Little Big Horn National Battleground and Yellowstone National Park. On the way home, we visited Glacier National Park and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

I replaced my Finepix S700 camera with a Nikon Coolpix P520 about halfway through our summer. The old camera wasn't giving the photos I wanted, especially at longer distances from the subject.

Black-Headed Grosbeak in the Black Hills
near Sturgis, ND (June 2013)

Female Say's Phoebe at Little Big Horn
Visitor Center (June 2013)

Audubon's Warbler near Harlequin Lake
Yellowstone National Park (June 2013)

Mountain Bluebird near Castle Geyser,
Yellowstone National Park (June 2013)

Black-Billed Magpie at Mammoth Hot Springs Village
Yellowstone National Park (June 2013)

Brewer's Blackbird,
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)

Bullocks Oriole,
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)

Western Kingbird
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)

Yellow-headed Blackbird,
C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area, Idaho (June 2013)

American Avocet
C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area, Idaho (June 2013)

American White Pelicans
near Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)

A composite image of Northern Harriers - female on left, male on right -
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)

Cliff Swallow
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)

Chukar in the picnic area outside the World Center for Birds of Prey
Boise, Idaho (June 2013)

Western MeadowLark
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (June 2013)


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Eurasian Collared-Dove at
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (July 2013)

California Quail at
Three Island Crossing State Park, Idaho (July 2013)

Clark's Grebes on the Snake River at
C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area, Idaho (July 2013)

Rock Wren in a small canyon in the
C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area, Idaho (July 2013)

Female Lark Bunting on a trail
in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota (August 2013)

Black-capped Chickadee at Lake Elmo Park Reserve
near Stillwater, MN (August 2013)



MARYLAND - 2013

Sooner or later, you have to come home again, and we did on August 21.

Northern Waterthrush near Forebay Pond
above Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (August 2013)

American Goldfinch at Forebay Pond
above Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (August 2013)

Eastern Wood-Pewee at Forebay Pond
above Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (September 2013)

Hairy Woodpecker near the Little Patuxent River
Columbia, MD (October 2013)

Khaki Campbell Ducks, a domestic breed,
seen at Centennial Lake, Columbia, MD (October 2013)

Gadwall Duck in the little pond below
Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, MD (October 2013)



HAWAIʻI - 2014

In January 2014, we visited Hawaiʻi for the first time. We saw a few birds that are native to Hawaiʻi and quite a few more that were imported. Among the imported birds, were Northern Cardinals and House Finches, which are common in Maryland.


ʻApapane, a native bird photographed at the Volcano Inn
in Volcano Village, Hawaiʻi (January 2014)


ʻAmakihi, a native bird seen at the Jagger Museum
in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (January 2014)


Nene, a native bird seen
in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (January 2014)


ʻElepaio, a native bird seen at the Kipuka Puaulu
in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (January 2014)


Hawaiian Stilt at the fishpond of
Kaloko-Honokohua National Monument (January 2014)


Hawaiian Coot at the fishpond of
Kaloko-Honokohua National Monument (January 2014)


Erckel Francol on the road leading to our
vacation rental on the slopes of Hualalai (January 2014)


Gray Francolin at Waialea Beach (January 2014)


Common Myna at Waialea Beach (January 2014)


Saffron Finch at Honaunau Bay (January 2014)


Spotted Dove outside our vacation rental
on the slopes of Hualalai (January 2014)


Zebra Dove
at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park (January 2014)


Yellow-Fronted Canary at our vacation rental
on the slopes of Hualalai (January 2014)


Java Sparrow
at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park (January 2014)


Kalij Pheasant seen at the Kipuka Puaulu
in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (January 2014)


Japanese White-Eye at our vacation rental
on the slopes of Hualalai (January 2014)


Yellow-Billed Cardinal
at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park (January 2014)


Red-Masked Parakeets
at the Kaloko-Honokohua National Monument (January 2014)


Pacific Golden Plover
at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park (January 2014)


Ruddy Turnstone in winter plumage on the shore
at the Kaloko-Honokohua National Monument (January 2014)


Black Crowned Night Heron on the shore
at the Kaloko-Honokohua National Monument (January 2014)


Green-winged Teal at the fishpond of
Kaloko-Honokohua National Monument (January 2014)



WASHINGTON AND AND PLACES ALONG THE WAY - 2014

During summer of 2014 we travelled to Washington state with our Moving House. We spent the summer a little west of Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens, serving as campground hosts at two state parks. Along the way, we visited Grand Teton National Park.


Wilsons Phalarope at Lander, Wyoming (May 2014)


Yellow Warbler at Lander, Wyoming (May 2014)


Common Raven on the shore of Jackson Lake
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


Common Merganser on Jackson Lake
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


Western Grebe at Oxbow Bend on the Snake River
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


White-Crowned Sparrow at Oxbow Bend Overlook
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


Ruddy Duck at Christian Pond
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


Cinnamon Teal at Christian Pond
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


Ruffed Grouse at Jenny Lake
Grand Teton National Park (May 2014)


Rufous Hummingbird at Ike Kinswa State Park (June 2014)


Pacific Wren at Ike Kinswa State Park (June 2014)


Swainson's Thrush at Ike Kinswa State Park (June 2014)


Stellars Jay near the Grove of the Patriarchs
in Mount Rainier National Park (June 2014)


GrayJay at the Viewpoint on the Rampart Ridge Trail
in Mount Rainier National Park (June 2014)


Varied Thrush near the Longmire Visitor Center
in Mount Rainier National Park (June 2014)


Oregon Junco at Lewis and Clark State Park
Winlock, Washington (July 2014)


Caspian Tern at Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington (July 2014)


Heermann's Gulls at Westport, Washington (July 2014)


Surf Scoter at Westport, Washington (July 2014)


American Kestrel at the airport in Chehalis, Washington (July 2014)


Maybe a Northwestern Crow at the ranger station for
the Quinault National Forest (July 2014)


Ring-Necked Pheasant at Garden Creek
in Hells Canyon (July 2014)


Golden Eagle on the Idaho bank
of the Snake River in Hells Canyon (July 2014)


Western Wood-Pewee at Bruneau Dunes State Park (Aug 2014)


Common Nighthawk at
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho (August 2014)



MARYLAND - 2014

Do all good things have to end? Anyway, we did arrive back home in August 2014, and I went back to looking for birds around my home.

Maybe a Black-and-White Warbler at
the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (Aug 2014)

A Nashville Warbler (Sept 2014)

A Bald Eagle at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, MD (Nov 2014)

Willow Flycatcher at Druid Lake in Baltimore (December 2014)



MASSACHUSETTS - 2014

This next one was obtained after I attended an AAVSO annual meeting in Massachusetts.

Great Black-backed Gull at Horn Pond, Woburn, MA (Nov 2014)



VIEQUES - 2015

In January 2015, we visited the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. There we saw some new birds. I did not get good enough photos to identify them all, but here are the ones I did.

Puerto Rican Emerald Hummingbird at Caracas Beach (January 2015)

Common Ground Dove at Caracas Beach (January 2015)

Common Mooorhen in Isabella II (January 2015)



BACK IN MARYLAND AGAIN - 2015

We had signed up with the Howard County Bird Club for a How to find Owls field trip, but snow forced the leader to relocate and re-purpose the field trip to Laurel. We did not see any owls, but did see an Eastern Meadowlark and a Rough-Legged Hawk. On another guided bird hunt, David Cummings took me to western Howard County to a site where American Woodcocks had been seen. In mid April, we took a two night camping trip to Point Lookout, where the Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, and saw a few birds there.

Canvasback Duck at Lake Elkhorn (Feb 2015)

Bufflehead at Lake Elkhorn (Feb 2015)

Rough-Legged Hawk in a field at Konterra, MD (Feb 2015)

Eastern Bluebird near Lake Elkhorn (March 2015)


American Woodcock (seen by flashlight)
near Hipsley Mill Road, Howard County, MD (March 2015)

Savannah Sparrow at Lake Elkhorn (April 2015)

Broad-winged Hawk at Point Lookout State Park, MD (April 2015)

Horned Grebes at Point Lookout State Park, MD (April 2015)

Marsh Wren at Lake Elkhorn (May 2015)



UTAH AND PLACES ALONG THE WAY - 2015

We visited Utah’s Dead Horse Point State Park for our summer 2015 volunteer activity. We saw a lot of birds there, at the nearby parks of Canyonlands, Arches, and Mesa Verde, and at Rocky Mountain during our return trip to Maryland.


Black-Throated Sparrow on the West Rim Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (June 2015)

Grey Flycatcher on the West Rim Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (June 2015)

Black-chinned Hummingbird near the Visitor Center
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (June 2015)

Violet-green Swallow on the Big Horn Overlook Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (June 2015)

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher near the Visitor Center
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (June 2015)

Blue Grosbeak in Negro Bill Canyon
Moab, Utah (July 2015)

Loggerhead Shrike on the East Rim Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (July 2015)

Lark Sparrow on the Canyon Overlook Trail
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (July 2015)

Band-tailed Pigeon at Ouzel Falls
Rocky Mountain National Park (Aug 2015)

Juvenile Townsend’s Solitaire at Ouzel Falls
Rocky Mountain National Park (Aug 2015)

Cordilleran Flycatcher on the Fern Lake Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park (Aug 2015)

Warbling Vireo on the Fern Lake Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park (Aug 2015)

Clark's Nutcracker at Many Parks Curve on the Trail Ridge Road
Rocky Mountain National Park (Aug 2015)



BACK ON THE EAST COAST - 2015-2016

After returning from Utah, our next journey was to visit CJ in Brooklyn and then, a couple months later, I attended the AAVSO meeting in Massachusetts.

Ovenbird at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn (Sept 2015)

Mute Swan at Horn Pond, Woburn, MA (Nov 2015)



MARYLAND


Red-headed Woodpecker near the Little Patuxent River (Oct 2015)

Cooper’s Hawk at Lake Elkhorn (Nov 2015)

Ross’s Goose at the Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD (Jan 2016)



ARUBA 2016

We visited the island of Aruba in February. This was a new location for us and we found a variety of birds there, some with help from Aruban birder Peter Sprockel. Some of our twenty new species were Caribbean or South American, and some were North American birds wintering here.

Eared Dove at the Bulbali Refuge (Feb 2016)

Bare-eyed Pigeon at the Bulbali Refuge (Feb 2016)

Tropical Mockingbird at the Visitor Center
Arikok National Park (Feb 2016)

Yellow Oriole at the Visitor Center, Arikok National Park (Feb 2016)

Carib Grackles at the Bulbali Refuge (Feb 2016)

Venezuelan Troupial on the Cunucu Arikok Trail,
Arikok National Park (Feb 2016)

Brown-crested Flycatcher near the Cunucu Arikok Trail,
Arikok National Park (Feb 2016)

Whimbrel in wetlands behind the Palm Beach Plaza Mall
Aruba (Feb 2016)

Black-bellied Plover in wetlands behind the
Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Greater Yellowlegs in wetlands behind the
Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Aruban Burrowing Owl across the highway from
Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Short-billed Dowitcher in the wetlands across the highway from
Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Caribbean Coot in the wetlands
behind the Mill Resort and Suites, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Lesser Yellowlegs in the wetlands
behind the Mill Resort and Suites, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Blue-winged Pintail in the wetlands
behind the Mill Resort and Suites, Aruba (Feb 2016)

Tri-coloured Heron in the wetlands
behind the Mill Resort and Suites, Aruba (Feb 2016)



BACK IN MARYLAND AGAIN

Once again we signed up with the Howard County Bird Club for a How to find Owls field trip. This time we were successful and saw a Northern Saw-whet Owl.

Northern Saw-whet Owl high in a pine tree
near Annapolis Rock, Howard County (Feb 2016)

Fish Crow, recognized by its call,
near Sweet Hours Way, Columbia (Mar 2016)



OREGON AND AND PLACES ALONG THE WAY - 2016

During spring and summer of 2016 we volunteered in Oregon. Our travels there took us along the southern route through Texas, Arizona, and to Southern California, where I attended my 50th college reunion. Along the way, we visited Saquaro, Channel Islands, and Redwood National Parks. In Oregon we served as Interpretive Hosts at Heceta Head Lighthouse during June and July.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at a rest stop
west of Abilene, TX (May 2016)

Great-tailed Grackle at a rest stop
west of Abilene, TX (May 2016)

Swainson's Hawk Light Morph at Benson, AZ (May 2016)

Gambel's Quail at Benson, AZ (May 2016)

Vermilion Flycatcher at Benson, AZ (May 2016)

White-winged Dove at Benson, AZ (May 2016)

Gila Woodpecker at Saquaro National Park (May 2016)

Curved-bill Thrasher at Saquaro National Park (May 2016)

Yellow-eyed Junco at Summerhaven, AZ (May 2016)

Long-eared Owl at the Casa Grande National Monument, AZ (May 2016)

Cactus Wren at the Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona
(May 2016)

Blue-throated Hummingbird at Boyce Thompson Arboretum,
Arizona (May 2016)

Costa's Hummingbird at Boyce Thompson Arboretum,
Arizona (May 2016)

Phainopepla at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona (May 2016)


Olive-sided Flycatcher at Boyce Thompson Arboretum,
Arizona (May 2016)

Canyon Towhee at the Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona
(May 2016)

Elegant Tern at Frank G Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA
(May 2016)

California Towhee at Frank G Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA
(May 2016)

Nuttall's Woodpecker at Frank G Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA
(May 2016)

Black Phoebe at Frank G Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA
(May 2016)

Sooty Shearwaters between Ventura and Santa Cruz Island,
Channel Islands National Park, California (May 2016)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher on Santa Cruz Island,
Channel Islands National Park, California (May 2016)

Channel Island Song Sparrow on Santa Cruz Island,
Channel Islands National Park, California (May 2016)

Western Scrub Jay at the Golden Rule RV Park
in Willits, CA (May 2016)

Acorn Woodpecker at the Golden Rule RV Park
in Willits, CA (May 2016)

Wilson's Warbler at the Mystic Forest RV Park
Klamath, CA (May 2016)

Orange-crowned Warbler at Cape Perpetua, Oregon (June 2016)

Harlequin Ducks at Yaquina Head, Newport, Oregon (June 2016)

Common Murres at Yaquina Head,
Newport, OR (June 2016)

Brandt's Cormorant at Sea Lion Caves
near Florence, OR (June 2016)

Pigeon Guillemot at Sea Lion Caves
near Florence, OR (June 2016)

Peregrine Falcon with chicks at Yaquina Head,
Newport, OR (June 2016)

Pelagic Cormorant at Yaquina Head,
Newport, OR (June 2016)

Rufous Hummingbird at Washburn State Park,
Florence, OR (June 2016)

Western Gull at Cape Perpetua, OR (June 2016)


Black Oystercatcher on Devil’s Elbow beach below
Haceta Head, OR (June 2016)

Chesnut-backed Chickadee in shadows
at Washburne State Park Florence, Oregon (July 2016)

Semipalmated Plover at Oregon Dunes
south of Florence, Oregon (July 2016)

Western Sandpipers at Oregon Dunes
south of Florence, Oregon (July 2016)

Western Snowy Plover at Oregon Dunes
south of Florence, Oregon (July 2016)

Northern Flicker, Red-shafted subspecies,
at Washburne State Park Florence, Oregon (July 2016)



BACK HOME - FALL OF 2016

I got some new birds thanks to guidance from the members of the Howard County Bird Club.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Edgewater, MD
(September 2016)

Prairie Warbler seen on a field trip with the Bird Club
at Howard County Conservancy (September 2016)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen on a field trip with the Bird Club
at Howard County Conservancy (September 2016)

Red-eyed Vireo seen on a field trip with the Bird Club
at Howard County Conservancy (September 2016)

Greater White-fronted Goose at Centennial Lake (November 2016)



BONAIRE 2017

We visited the island of Bonaire in January. It is near Aruba, which we visited the previous year, so we saw many of the same birds. For some of them, we got better photos and they are included here.

Reddish Egret near Lac Bay (Jan 2017)

Flamingo in the salt ponds along EEG Boulevard (Jan 2017)

Royal Tern at Sorobon (Jan 2017)

Northern Scrub-flycatcher near Pos Mangel (Jan 2017)

Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird in Jolanda’s garden
in the Belnem district (Jan 2017)

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird in Jolanda’s garden
in the Belnem district (Jan 2017)

Crested Caracara in Washington-Slagbaai National Park (Jan 2017)

Yellow-shouldered Parrot along the road from Rincón to Kralendijk (Jan 2017)

Snowy Egret on the waterfront in Kralendijk (Jan 2017)

White-tipped Dove in Jolanda’s garden in the Belnem district (Jan 2017)

Brown-throated Parakeets in Jolanda’s garden
in the Belnem district (Jan 2017)



BACK HOME - Spring of 2017

In Maryland I obtained improved photos of four birds I'd seen before and I photographed two new birds during a visit to Brooklyn, NY.


Hermit Thrush at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge (Feb 2017)

American Wigeon at Lake Elkhorn (March 2017)

Monk Parakeet at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn (April 2017)

Brant Goose at Brooklyn Bridge Park (April 2017)



A SECOND VISIT TO UTAH - 2017

During spring and summer of 2017 we returned to Utah as volunteers, but at the little town of Escalante, a different location than in 2015.. We saw a few new birds there and others on the journey home, at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, at Brushy Creek Iowa State Recreation Area, Walworth County, WI, and Iron River, MI.

Pinyon Jay near Boulder, Utah (May 2017)

Spotted Towhee at Calf Creek, near Escalante, Utah (May 2017)

Lesser Goldfinch at Calf Creek, near Escalante, Utah (May 2017)


Eared Grebe on Wide Hollow Reservoir
at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (May 2017)

Western Bluebird at Bryce Canyon National Park
(May 2017)

Franklins Gull at the other side of Wide Hollow Reservoir
at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (May 2017)

Ash-throated Flycatcher at Devils Garden,
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (May 2017)

Black-throated Gray Warbler
at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (June 2017)

Mountain Chickadee at Rainbow Point,
at Bryce Canyon National Park (June 2017)

Grey-headed Junco on the Bristlecone Loop
at Bryce Canyon National Park (June 2017)

Bushtit on the Box Trail in the Box-Death Hollow Wilderness (June 2017)

Yellow-breasted Chat on the Escalante River Trail (June 2017)

American Dipper at the Gunnison River in the
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (July 2017)

Western Tanager in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
(July 2017)

Plumbeous Vireo in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
(July 2017)

Female Williamson's Sapsucker in Black Canyon of the
Gunnison National Park (July 2017)

Dickcissel at Brushy Creek Recreation Area, Iowa (July 2017)

Eastern Meadowlark at Brushy Creek Recreation Area, Iowa (July 2017)

Purple Finch in Genoa City, WI (July 2017)

Purple Martin and chick at Lake Geneva, WI (July 2017)

American Redstart on the Apple Blossom Trail,
Iron River, MI (July 2017)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (out of focus)
on the Apple Blossom Trail, Iron River, MI (July 2017)


Back home in Maryland, I visited locations that I had not previously. I spent time at the Patuxent National Wildlife Research Refuge in connection with volunteering for Neighbor Ride. Gail and I joined a productive bird club visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Great-Crested Flycatcher by the Little Patuxent River (August 2017)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron at Lake Elkhorn (September 2017)

Blackpoll Warbler at Lake Elkhorn
(October 2017)

Wood Ducks at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge
(November 2017)

Golden-crowned Kinglet at
the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge (November 2017)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at our bird bath
at MacGills Common, Columbia, MD (January 2018)

Greater Scaup on the Choptank River
in Cambridge, MD (January 2018)

Distant Black Ducks at Blackwater NWR
(January 2018)

Brown Creeper at the Blackwater NWR (January 2018)

Northern Pintail at the Blackwater NWR (January 2018)

Snow Geese at the Blackwater NWR (January 2018)


We visited St. John, U.S.V.I., 4 1/2 months after Hurricane Irma demolished much of the island’ s vegetation and structures. We did not see many birds. We heard that a small flock of parrots that had taken up residence on Lind Point, possibly having been blown in from Puerto Rico by the hurricane. We walked on the Lind Point Trail twice in the late afternoon, but did not see any parrots. We saw Brown Boobies, a Smooth-billed Ani, a Common Moorhen, Black-faced Grassquits, Brown Pelicans, small Egrets, Common Ground-doves, Pearly-eyed Thrashers, and Zenaida Doves.


Common Ground-Dove on the Lind Point Trail
St. John, USVI (January 2018)

Black-faced Grassquit on the Lind Point Trail
St. John, USVI (January 2018)


Back in Maryland, in addition to the usual places, I discovered the Oxbow Lake Reserve, Maryland’s largest natural lake just a few miles from home in Anne Arundel County.


Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (February 2018)

Eastern Towhee at the Patuxent NWR (February 2018)

Barred Owl near the Little Patuxent River (March 2018)



Photos from the Nikon Coolpix P900 begin here.

Palm Warbler at Patuxent NWR (April 2018)

Bonaparte’s Gull flying at Patuxent NWR (April 2018)

Belted Kingfisher at Oxbow Lake (April 2018)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Lake Elkhorn (April 2018)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Lake Elkhorn (April 2018)

Myrtle Warbler at Lake Elkhorn (April 2018)

Yellow-throated Vireo at the Patuxent NWR
(May 2018)

Pileated Woodpecker along the Patuxent Branch Trail
(May 2018)

Wood Thrush on the Patuxent Branch Trail (May 2018)

Chipping Sparrow in MacGills Common (May 2018)

Brown Thrasher at the Patuxent NWR (May 2018)

Young Wood Stork near West Friendship, Maryland (June 2018)


I would like to get photographs of other birds I have seen, such as California condors, mountain quail, common yellowthroats, juniper titmouses, roadrunners, etc. If I am lucky, someday I may be able to add these birds to my page. Some of the photographs I do have are of poor quality and I hope to improve upon them, again someday.

In addition, I have many photos of birds that I have not been able to identify. As new resources become available, I will try to add them to this page.

Prepared 20 Sept 2018, Albert Holm