10000 Birds – Graduation Birds

Graduation ceremonies are quite long, and one weekend in December I attended my 5th such ceremony celebrating my husband’s bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Graduation is a time to reflect, celebrate achievement, look towards the future… But there’s also a lot of empty wait time. So, on the morning of his  Gainesville commencement…

10000 Birds – A Single Purple Gallinule

All birders love the Everglades. There are so few places on Earth where one can see thousands and thousands and thousands of wading birds on a single visit, their white and blue and pink bodies contrasting with the golden swishing of marsh grasses or the deep green of cypress swamps. Whenever I enter the boundaries…

10000 Birds – A Relaxing Big Day in Florida

Originally, I had big plans for the October Big Day. I would wake up in darkness, gather my camera and binoculars and drive to Alabama for a birding tour along a river. I would tick off migrating songbirds, from tanagers to vireos and everything in between. I would add new sightings to my current year list,…