Friday, September 17, 2010

Birding in New England

I am here.

Here in my hometown. Here in New England. When I lived here before I was not the birder I am now, so being here now is like seeing New England with new eyes. For the past few years I have only been able to count birds on my brief summer visits.  Now I am here for at least a year, if not longer.  Now I have a chance to see what I can see.

Upon my arrival here this September my current eBird stats are as follows:

  • Life Birds-386 species
  • Total species for the Year-250
  • So far this month 31 species
  • Connecticut Life Birds 94 species
  • Maine Life Birds 85 species
  • Massachusetts Life Birds 18 species
  • New Hampshire Life Birds 8 species
  • Rhode Island Life Birds 2 species
  • Vermont Life Birds 0 species
Since arriving here in Connecticut I have been counting birds on an almost daily basis at my mother's house in Colchester as well as at the Lion's Pond on Halls Hill road, at Lake Hayward, and various other places around the state.  I have counted birds at the Hotels and restaurants and gas stations in Massachuesetts as well as at Great Meadow NWR in Concord, MA, and Kimball Farms in Carlisle, MA with my blogging friend, Dawn Fine. (What fun we had!)

Today Gus and I took a trip to Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, RI where I added several species to my Rhode Island Life List.  One of those species was a Piping Plover, my first Life Bird since arriving here. For those of you who don't know what that means, a Life Bird is a bird species that a birder has seen for the first time.  Until today I had never seen a Piping Plover before.

Of course, we took lots of photos and I hope to publish them soon but for now just words and stats will have to do. I will be flying back to AZ on Sunday to supervise the packing of my household stuff. I will return next week and we will be preparing to move into the house we will be renting around the first of October.  As soon as possible after that I hope to have my own computer up and running and shortly after that I hope to be posting photos again.

I have written 2 new poems that will post on Kathie's Poet Tree, if you are interested. Now I am off to enter my newest birding data into eBird and I will post the update as soon as possible. The computer I am using is in my mother's bedroom and she would like to go to bed tonight so I will see how much I can get done before she kicks me out!


  1. All right, more new birds. Have a safe journey back to AZ. Kind of a drag not to have the puter up and running. Sorry, I'm being selfish and want to see what you've seen. OK, I'll wait. ;)

  2. Hi Kathie, I hope you are enjoying your new home and the birds. Congrats on the Piping Plover, they are cute birds.

  3. Hi Kathie! I hope you'll be settled in soon. Moving is so exhausting. I grew up in East Haddam and had friends who lived on Lake Hayward. My family still lives in Moodus, and when it's necessary, Mom stays at a nursing home in Colchester. It's a small world. When you're more settled, try Hammonasset Beach in Madison. There are trails and ponds with plenty of birdlife along the way. :-)) Best wishes and good luck with the move.

  4. Now I'll be jealous of your New England birds. Glad to hear from you.

  5. I think October is a wonderful time of year to move to New England. I hope you have plenty of lovely walks along paths awash in glorious autumn foliage as you search for new interesting birds. P.S. We are praying for Alex and the rest of the family!

  6. welcome to New England, can't wait to see how many birds you find here and maybe I will bump into you sometime birding :)

  7. Hi Kathie. I hope you enjoy your new adventure in New England, and I look forward to hearing all about it.

  8. Can't wait to see the pictures!

  9. So good to see your post Kathie. I look forward to seeing those photos when you are settled.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.