Category Archives: birds

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker checkin in…

Howdee all,

Homey has arrived safely in NC and it parked snugly between two familiar hickory trees.

Arrival was not without complications. Just two miles away from Carthage, Jeff stopped for diesel~after fueling Homey would not start..

No sound when the key was turned. This has happened several times in the past ten years. This time it took a few more taps with a hammer on the solenoid and it started.

Yellow bellied sap_017Before Homey arrived I noticed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker mewing and going to the suet.

Not soon after Homeys arrival, the sapsucker checked out its reflection.

Yellow bellied sap_005Our windows are reflective and we always have birds coming to the window to see who is in their territory.

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For the past two mornings Mr. Sapsucker starts tapping on our bedroom window at 6:30 and then moves on to the bathroom window for a bit.

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Here is a video of him tapping at our bathroom window.


Snow in October

Howdee all,

Considering how it could have been for us…

We fared quite well.

Just a few inches and the area has power.

Blizzard Oct 29_003We cleaned up the cars and the drive…

Blizzard Oct 29_004The roads are already clear

Blizzard Oct 29_005I placed some seeds on top of the snow for the birds..

 Blizzard Oct 29_006

Blizzard Oct 29_007That’s mom in the distance..We cleaned her car and Dad drove the car around to make sure it was safe before she left for Church.

Blizzard Oct 29_010Frosty pumpkins

Blizzard Oct 29_012An early winter wonderland..Blizzard Oct 29_014Bella enjoyed the snow…

Blizzard Oct 29_015

From the news reports, Most of CT is out of power..

Blizzard Oct 29_017

We were ready for the worst parents have a generator and so does Homey.

We would have been fine.

Blizzard Oct 29_016The flowers didn’t fare so well~

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Frozen pink petals..

Blizzard Oct 29_020The leaves aren’t happy.

Trees and branches are laden down with snow and breaking, under its weight.

  They weren’t ready to give up their autumn glory, so soon..,,,

to the heavy blanket of white.

Blizzard Oct 29_027

Are you Getting yours?

Howdee all,


Are you getting your 20 bird minimum requirement of birds?


20 Bird MDR Small

“The former Bird RDA is now the 20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement.  This new designation more clearly states the purpose of the distinction–that birders need to see a minimum number of species each day in order to stay sharp. .”

Click here to read more…

This is how Birdchaser Rob Fergus is getting his

Gunnar of Birdingblogs is getting his..

I am trying each day to get mine..

Thanks Rob Fergus for this great concept…

I don’t always get mine…but, I try!


Add the above image to your blog and link back Robs original post so that others will know what this is all about.

Now~Go out and Get Yours!

Birding and Chatting~ BwBTC~Wilton, CT

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Howdee all,
Saturday was our BwBTC Outing to Wilton, CT
~Birders who Blog Tweet and Chirp~
(BwBTC=A crazy, fun group of Bloggers that also love to Bird)
It was a lovely morning~we met at 7:30 am
 BwBTC Wilton CT_021 Allen Meadows…
one of Luke Tillers local haunts.
BwBTC Wilton CT_022The place was full of Sparrows…
And us…
BwBTC Wilton CT_023Are those distant birds?
BwBTC Wilton CT_025Nope..Birders… 🙂
BwBTC Wilton CT_026I have to say..I did so much chatting…I didn’t photograph many birds.
Not that I would have captured much with my small lens~there were some mighty big Camera lenses being used. Looking forward to everyone else’s bird shots.
BwBTC Wilton CT_028I will show you this very lousy photo of a Chickadee taken with my baby camera… I just saw one Christopher took of the same bird… His is Awesome!
BwBTC Wilton CT_005I did get this amazing photo of a Yellow Chatty Bird
In honor of all the Chatting going on during the day~and believe me~We did as much chatting as we did birding. Ok, speaking for myself…I chatted more than I birded.
BwBTC Wilton CT_004It was a super morning of birding and socializing in the meadows
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Birds seen at Allens Meadows Ebird list thanks to Kathie Brown

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
gull sp.
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler (Yellow)
warbler sp.
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Time for a Coffee Break and
Birding the parking lot 
BwBTC Wilton CT_043More birding..
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More chatting..BwBTC Wilton CT_049Super People!
BwBTC Wilton CT_047Birds seen at Schenck’s Island~Wilton ebird list via Kathie Brown

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Palm Warbler (Yellow)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Indigo Bunting
House Sparrow

We then did a quick stop at Sherwood Park
BwBTC Wilton CT_051The wind was picking up…
BwBTC Wilton CT_053Towny tromped thru the grass and muck to try and get us a view of a Seaside sparrow.
BwBTC Wilton CT_054Not much luck~ a few quick pop ups.
Don’t bother looking~no bird in this photo. 🙂
BwBTC Wilton CT_059Looking for water birds..
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and finding a few…
It was a great day~The weather was perfect…the company stupendous..
BwBTC Wilton CT_062Thanks Luke for showing us a few of your favorite birding areas!
Stay tuned~ Catherine Hamilton will be on BirdCallsRadio. If you havent listened to BirdCallsRadio..get on over there and check out the archives.
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22 species total at Sherwood Park~ebird list thanks to Dan Huber
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow   
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird

The Bird Bloggin Gang~
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Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito~Travelling Birders
Mardi and Townsend Dickinson~Kymry ~ A look in time….
Kathie Brown ~ Kathie’s Birds
Christopher Ciccone~Picus Blog
Jeff and Dawn Fine
Luke Tiller~Under Clear Skies
Catherine Hamilton~Birdspot
Daniel Huber ~Nature Observances

Other posts of our day~

Cindy~Birders who Blog Tweet and Chirp
Vincent Mistretta- BWBTC Outing in Wilton, Connecticut
Dawn Fine- Birding and Chatting ~ BwBTC ~ Wilton, Connecticut
Larry- Fall Camping At Pawtuckaway & BWBT&C
Cindy- Birders Who Blog Tweet And Chirp
Dan- Lovely Little Sparrow
Cynthia Cage- Sparrows and More, Allen’s Meadow with the BwBTC Gang

Birding~Second time around..BwBTC

Howdee all,

Wow..time flies when you are having fun..Jeff and I have been very  busy with family and friends here in MA.

We were lucky enough to squeeze in not one but two BwBTC outings while here…It was the weather that made our one outing into two. Despite two outings~There were a few birder friends that didn’t show up because of forecasted rain for both events. Hope to get together again next year.

I cant express enough how kind, helpful and considerate these birders are. We had a super time.

This was another day that was supposed to be a complete wash out.

Several of us braved the forecast..

Plum Island, Ma

BwBTC Plum _001Luckily we had no rain..

BwBTC Plum Island_001Just drizzle and fog.. Waldo stayed inside ..he forgot his rain gear..

BwBTC Plum Island_002We birded a few areas… Catching a nice warbler run..right off the main road.

We also took a few paths…

BwBTC Plum _004Finding a few more warbler sp.

BwBTC Plum _005Kathie has wearing her “Porta Potty” rain coat.

BwBTC Plum _006yeah..we are all a bit nuts..and a~corny~

BwBTC Plum _011Onto another area~BwBTC Plum _013Some of the birders were able to get photos of the American Bittern here..

My camera couldn’t reach.

BwBTC Plum _015Onto the Beach…

BwBTC Plum _017Kathie shows off her Porta poncho…

BwBTC Plum _018Gull in fog..

BwBTC Plum _019Birders in fog..BwBTC Plum _021Birders and birds in fog..see the birds ..Lots of shorebirds here..

BwBTC Plum _022The sky did not delight like the last post here the week before..

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but~ the sand was screaming with purple..

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Hope you People on purple…

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Kathie on Purple..

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Diana on purple..

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BwBTC Plum _030BwBTC Plum _031Purple patterns..

BwBTC Plum _034BwBTC Plum Island_013BwBTC Plum Island_014There were plenty of shorebirds to IDBwBTC Plum Island_023

BwBTC Plum Island_009BwBTC Plum Island_012

BwBTC Plum Island_018Dan and Christopher checking out some birds~

BwBTC Plum Island_020The end of the beach~Gull and Tern hang out..

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Christopher surrounded by Birds..

BwBTC Plum Island_041Tern town..BwBTC Plum Island_043As we were birding..someone spotted this floating grassy raft…with Shorebirds on it..

How’s that for a raft of birds?BwBTC Plum Island_044

We had a super day with~

The gang..

BwBTC Plum _036

Kathie Brown of Kathie’s Birds
Christopher and Pamela Ciccone  ~Picus Blog

Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito~Travelling Birders

Daniel Huber of  Nature Observances

Jeff and Dawn Fine

And Waldo..

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Birds of the Day Via Dan Huber~ebird list

66 species (+1 other taxa) total

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

BwBTC~Wilton, CT Bird outing~Oct 15th

Howdee all,


Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp

Saturday~OCT 15~ 7:30 AM

Wow~Next Saturday…

Let me know if you are coming,or would like to come....

Either by leaving a comment here or via the Facebook event link.

Luke Tiller will be showing us around his local patch.

From Luke’s Blog about the event…

I did a walk a couple of years back for birding bloggers who live in the local area and I’ll be doing one again on October 15th this year. Last time  we held the event it was early early July, hardly conducive to getting good birds in Connecticut so you’d think but we ended up having a pretty good day with a few nice species including a lingering King Eider at Hammo.

This year however provides the perfect opportunity to showcase my old patch at Allen’ Meadows. It’s an amazing spot for open country migrants and recent greatest hits have included Harris’s Sparrow, Northern Wheatear and Lark Sparrow (the last two on the same day!!!!!!) in amongst the more prosaic possible good migrants: Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissel, Orange-crowned Warbler etc (checklist for the birds here). You can also read an article I wrote about the site for the towns conservation newsletter (here) and a bit on my website (here).

We’ll also hit a couple of other spots in town and then head for another local birding gem Sherwood Island State Park (checklist etc here). It should be a really fun day out if the last event was anything to go by. You can read more about that trip (here). More details on the BwBTC facebook page soon.


Bring snacks~We plan on grabbing a bite for lunch..but, you know how it goes, birding takes priority over eating.


~Cast of Characters so far~

Jeff and Dawn Fine

Luke Tiller~Under Clear Skies

Catherine Hamilton~Birdspot


Cynthia Cage ~Living in Brooklyn-Longing for Maine

Daniel Huber ~Nature Observances

Cindy ~Through The Looking Glass

Vincent Mistretta~Vincent Mistretta Photography

Larry~The Brownstone Birding Blog

 Might attend~

Kathie Brown ~ Kathie’s Birds

Christopher and Pamela Ciccone~Picus Blog

Laura de Flor and Mark B~The Interstitial Spaces and Strack16

Beth Goffe~Eclectic Beth

Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito~Travelling Birders

Mardi Dickinson~Kymry ~ A look in time….

John Mitchell~Bird Man of Bridgewater

~Directions to meeting area~

From the South and West:
Take I-95 North to Exit 15, Rt. 7 North OR take the Merritt Parkway to
Exit 39, Rt. 7 North. Follow Rt. 7 North for approx. 5 miles until you
pass the Wilton High School on your left. You will come to a traffic
light for the YMCA. Continue past the light for approx. 100 yards.
Entrance to the fields is on the left.

From the North:
I-84 to Route 7 South into Wilton. After passing Olmstead Hill Road
and an assisted living facility on your right, take your next right
into Allen’s Meadows.

From the East Merritt Parkway:
Get off Exit 41 Route 33. Take a left at the bottom of the ramp.
Continue on 33 until it merges into Route 7. After you pass the Wilton
High School on your left, you will come to a traffic light for the
YMCA. Continue past the light for approx. 100 yards. Entrance to the
fields on the left.

Park in the area by the baseball batting cage.


See YOU soon!!!

Bird Dilema~ What would you do?

Howdee all,

Last week, while birding, Sandy Point on Plum Island..I saw a two photographers with their cameras pointed on something…

I was curious to see what it was…so I walked up to the area…

I couldn’t see what they were looking at.

They told me its right in front of us…I was looking further away..

Plum Island_014 (1)Then…

I saw this..sandpiper with clam stuck_002I stared at it for a few minutes..

The bird didn’t move at all..

sandpiper with clam stuck_009I asked why they would put a stuffed bird out there to photograph.

sandpiper with clam stuck_012Well, ~~~~

it wasn’t stuffed..

sandpiper with clam stuck_013This bird was alive and so was the clam that was clamped down on its bill.

The bird couldn’t fly..the clam was too heavy.

sandpiper with clam stuck_018I wondered why the photographers were not trying to help the bird.

I told them that we should help this bird.

They said that most likely we would not be able to open the clam…that they were letting nature be.

It was difficult for me to walk away as they continued to photograph the bird.

I thought of the bird all day…..and still do.

I posted one of the photos above to facebook..with the caption

Stuck, STUCK!

Most that commented felt I should have made an effort to help the bird…and in hindsight..I wish I would have.

What would you have done?

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Here is another time that my heart strings were pulled by sadness for a suffering bird..

Jeff and I were on a small Island off the coast of Chatham..reachable by boat only.

I saw this young Gull…sitting away from the other gulls.

Birding Clamming_024This just sucks doesn’t it?

Did it catch the fisherman’s lure as he was fishing?

Birding Clamming_025Or did he eat the lure as it was lying on the ground or in the water..

Fisherman’s trash..

Birding Clamming_026I tried to approach the gull

Birding Clamming_027It moved away..

Birding Clamming_028I let it be…I didn’t want to stress it more…

I had nothing to capture it with..

Birding Clamming_029On hindsight, maybe I should have called a local bird rescue.

What would you do?

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Birding and Clamming~Chatham, Ma

Howdee all,

While staying in Cape  Cod..

We had a few combo~Kayak~Clamming~Birding trips

Clamming Birding Dinner_001This particular day was foggy..

Clamming Birding Dinner_003We were a bit late for low tide and the tide was coming in quickly…

Jeff had to keep moving the Kayak

Clamming Birding Dinner_008

We also had to keep moving to dig for clams…as the water was creeping up on us.

Clamming Birding Dinner_009There were plenty of birds around

Jeff birded while nephew David and I did the digging.

Birding Clamming_005Some of the Black-bellied Plover were showing nice color

(please let me know if my bird IDs are wrong)

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Short-billed Dowitcher

Birding Clamming_012I watched it for a while….

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As it poked around the rocks….

Birding Clamming_016Finding its lunch….

Birding Clamming_017

  Marbled Godwit~

Birding Clamming_036With a basket full of was time to head

Back to shore..

Clamming Birding Dinner_016Past scenes such as this…

Clamming Birding Dinner_011later that evening

Jeff and David

Shucking Clams and Oysters..

Clamming Birding Dinner_021We had a wonderful Dinner…

Fried Clams and Oysters over pasta

and Steamers!

Clamming Birding Dinner_023

Jeff and I are in Lexington, Ma. now. We are still not in Homey~we hope to pick it up tomorrow.

South Beach Birding~Chatham, MA

Howdee all,

Hope you all are having a nice September.

We have been out of our Homey for one and a half weeks while it is in the repair shop for a minor fender bender..Jeff ran over a big rock a few months ago. We have been staying in Jeff’s sisters home on the Cape during the repair. We are hoping our Homey will be finished today and we will then head just a bit north to Lexington, MA for a few weeks.


Last week Jeff and I went birding South Beach, Chatham again..

This was the second time in a few weeks and it wasn’t our last.

We invited Kathie Brown of Kathie’s Birds to join us. We took the 7am water taxi. We met Matt Malin on the water taxi~he joined us for the day.. and shared his birding knowledge.

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We  decided to leave the bay side and go for do some ocean birding as the tide wasn’t quite right for birding on the bay.

south beach little_011It was a beautiful morning…

We had great views of Parasitic Jaegers and distant views of Wilson’s Storm-Petrel and Northern Gannet

Kathie, hasn’t birded that much on the shore…she started racking up Lifers.

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We were being watched by Gray and Harbor Seals

Birding south beach_036I found tracks in the sand.

Birding south beach_040Coyote tracks..

Birding south beach_041OH NO!

You never know what you might find on the beach….

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Nothing we could do to help this naked gal…and..we were rather afraid to touch her.

S0uth Beach_BodySeals hanging out at the shore..

Birding south beach_052Hundreds..

Birding south beach_055I found coyote tracks leading to this carcass..The coyote dragged this away from the shore to eat…the gulls were having a feast on the leftovers.

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After great fun birding the ocean side of South Beach we headed to the bay side.

Birding south beach_070Beautiful isn’t it?

south beach little_018Plenty of Tern..

Birding south beach_017Matt helped us with Tern ID~ there were Least, Black, Roseate,Common and Forster’s Tern

Kathie counting more life birds…

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Oh lookie here…I love finding hearts. SmileBirding south beach_074

Least Sandpiper

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Two Shell fishers~Human and Bird

(American Oystercatcher)

Birding south beach_025We saw many birds…but not the numbers we had hoped for…

Kathie was pleased~ 15 life birds for her this day!

Congrats Kathie!

Birding south beach_081We were running out of time…and had to hurry to catch the 4pm shuttle.

Birding south beach_080On the way back to the shuttle…

We started seeing piles of birds..

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We couldn’t stop to give them proper notice..

We had a shuttle to catch and water to wade thru..

Birding south beach_083Jeff and Kathie walked the shore rather than wade thru the water.

Birding south beach_084

We passed

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

Birding south beach_091And then this..

Birding south beach_093And this..

Birding south beach_094With no time to sort thru them..

Birding south beach_095Scads of birds…we had to walk by..

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To catch our shuttle home…

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Such is birding, on a schedule..I need a boat. Smile


Birds of the Day~via Ebirder Kathie Brown

White-winged Scoter
Common Loon
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Northern Harrier
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
1 western, 2 eastern
Lesser Yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
jaeger sp.
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Savannah Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow

Thanks Kathie for your wonderful record keeping!

Thanks Matt for your helpful Birding skills!

It was a super day!

Links of the Day

  • Outermost Harbor Ferry

  • Birding on South Beach

  • Kathies blog post on the day

  • Kathies blog post on the Jaegar

  • Kathies post on the Whos hiding on South Beach.

  • The Big Year Trailer

    Howdee all,

    Thought I would share this poster and trailer for

    ~The Big Year~

    Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson

    In theaters October 14th


    As a birder, I am excited about this movie and hope its good.

    Enjoy the trailer..then let me know what you think.
    The Big Year by teasertrailer


    Cinema Blend on The Big Year

    Itunes page of The Big Year~download the trailer here