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Sandia Park, New Mexico, United States
I have been birding for 41 years. My favorite clients are those who are interested in birds, watching them and even learning about their behavior, not just checking birds off a life list. I enjoy people and want to have fun while birding. As a bird watcher since 1972, I have acquired a broad knowledge of birds, birdsong, habitat and behavior. One of the things I enjoy most about taking people out birding is teaching my clients how to identify birds and how to recall their song. We were in Asheville, NC for 5 years, and Bisbee, AZ 10 years before that. Currently we are house hunting in New Mexico.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dry Tortugas 2011

We had a great time in the Keys this May. It was a minimal fallout due to strange weather patterns, we suspect. Some birds of interest that we did see: Sooty Terns, Brown Noddys, Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Boobys, Sandwich Terns, Brown Boobys, Palm Warbler, Gray Kingbirds, Black throated Blue, Black throated Green Warblers, Yellow throated Warbler, Yellow crowned Night Heron, Blackpolls, Black and White Warblers, Ovenbirds, Common Nighthawks, Peregrine Falcons, Bobolinks, Merlins, Common Minas, Laughing Gulls a Great white Heron and so many more. We were treated well on the boat "the Playmate" with great food every meal. This boat nearly sank last year due to rough seas, and was towed in by US Coast Guard and large pumps. We were happy to have calm seas coming and going to the Dry Tortugas, where we able to explore the islands. We were fortunate to experience the only recognized Masked Booby nesting colony in the US and had the alpha male flying over the boat protecting the sight. On the way to the islands we experiences large Loggerhead Turtles, and pods of Dolphins. In light of the recent oil spill in the gulf it was especially nice to see sea life thriving. Our last day involved driving north on Hwy A1A in pursuit of warblers that had reached the mainland and we were able to find the White crowned Pigeon, Black whiskered Vireo, White Ibis, Common Ground Dove, and Mangrove Cuckoo. My wife was able to join us the second to the last day of the trip. We were fortunate enough to be able to stay an additional four days. Although the group did not see the Antillean Nighthawk, my wife and I had one fly over while calling.

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