We were in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, that mecca for birders who want to see rare Mexican species that stray across the border. It was February 2002. We had made many trips to the Valley over the course of our birding lifetime and had often wondered what it would be like to drive into Mexico and bird on our own. Each time we went down there we thought “this time we go across,” but we always came up with   …more


 ‘Old time’ experienced birders who have participated in the Pensacola Christmas Bird Counts know that over the years there have been significant changes in area birdlife. I recently came across an old checklist of the 20 Dec 1980 CBC and decided to compare it with the 40 years later 19 Dec 2020 CBC results. Both counts were similar with 93 party hours for 1980 and 91.5 for 2020, 35 participants for 1980 …more


When we purchased our home ten years ago, it had the typical suburban NW Florida yard with a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. We were fortunate to have several well-established “good” trees, including live and laurel oaks (Quercus virginiana & Quercus laurifolia), southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), and black cherry trees (Prunus serotina). The deciduous live oaks(Quercus virginiana), appear to be ...more