This blog helps me keep track of the birds I see and learn more about them.
I live in Martin County on the east coast of Florida…
…specifically the town of Sewall’s Point, located on a peninsula between the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. This area is nicknamed the Treasure Coast.
This map shows my “5-mile radius” for keeping an eye on local birds.
From the hammock in my backyard I can watch spoonbills, wood storks, and pelicans fly over. Carolina wrens scavenge in our gutters, fish crows flock in winter and pair off in summer, cardinals splash in the bird bath, ospreys fly over with fish in their talons, warblers visit the town’s old banyans and Spanish-moss-covered live oaks during migration, ibises aerate our lawns and egrets take a break from shorelines to stalk lizards in the shrubbery.
I wrote the short tale of how I got started with bird watching a few years ago after being contacted by an editor who found this blog. It was published with some of my photos in Watching Backyard Birds magazine in late 2016. Here is a link: 14 Acres of Habitat in New Hampshire.
A few more things…
I freelanced for local newspapers and magazines in New Hampshire for many years, while also being a school and town volunteer and stay-at-home mom to two lovely, smart, creative daughters.
We moved to Florida for my husband’s job. He’s an airline pilot flying the 777 out of Miami to Europe and South America. He likes birds too.
I have been a blogger, with a number of different sites, since the beginning of blogging. One old personal/ place blog won a “Best in New Hampshire” award from New Hampshire magazine.
I’m not sure I’ll ever be a serious birder with all the right gear and knowledge and obsessions. But I do know that watching birds makes me feel happy, curious, close to nature. Thanks for visiting.
I have another, older blog I’ve started using again in 2019 as a scrapbook and journal: amykane.net