Birding on Block Island

Birding is big on Block Island.

Especially in September when the migration south is beginning and many birds stop over here to rest and feed before their long journey south – some to the Caribbean and Central America, some go as far as Argentina.

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All this in one glorious couple of hours. We birdwalkers had met up at Andy’s Way, for one of Kim’s Oceanview Foundation birdwalks – there we walked at low tide and saw cormorants, plovers, egrets, herons, several gulls and sandpipers. We had the large scope set up so we could look closely. But Kim really wanted to get back to the bird-station as she knew there would be birds in the nets, and she likes to check them very frequently, and band those found. You can look up what this is about, and discover how much has been learnt about the way birds live and migrate on the Bird Banding Laboratory site. [This is also the place to go if you find a banded bird – at least in the Americas].


9 thoughts on “Birding on Block Island

  1. Nice to see you and your birds! Fabulous photos. Are the birds always safe being captured in the net? I would think they would really struggle ?


    1. They don’t [or rarely] struggle. The bird-banders say they are quite OK and they certainly are never injured and fly off without difficulty – but I can’t help thinking that their sojourn quietly in the net is actually a sort of shock. Might they suffer PTSD later – how would we know.


  2. There has been a Flicker hanging around here for that last couple of years, I wasn’t sure if they went south. The Hummingbirds I think might have started their migration this week as I have had not seen one in the last couple of days. In fall the only appreciable flocks seen here are Canada Geese. During the spring migration I’m on the flight path for Trumpeter and Tundra Swans -you can hear them coming when their 6kms out.


    1. I am really very ignorant about birds – I am learning stuff as many of us do now there is time and to spare in every day. What I like most is watching the different patterns they have in flight and attitude etc. as well as the different calls even when you can’t see them. I can imagine your swans, they are pretty noisy.


    1. I find a great deal of positive in the world, in spite of trying hard to keep up with the dreadful and disastrous news from various places. I think knowing both leads to appreciation and maybe being able to help here and there somehow – I do try to do that too. We are all in it, as I think you also know, and I believe that the heart of each of us contributes to the whole.


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