Festivals Recap – February-March 2014


High Plains Snow Goose Festival Feb 20, 2014 Lamar, CO
Beckham Bird Club Annual Dinner Mar 11, 2014 Louisville, KY
Big O Birding Festival Mar 13, 2014 LaBelle, FL
Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival Mar 20-23, 2014 Spring Hill, FL
Road trip from Ohio to Arizona Apr 11-23, 2014 OH to AZ
Verde Valley Birding and Wildlife Festival Apr 24-27, 2014 Cottonwood, AZ
Biggest Week in American Birding May 6-15, 2014 Oregon, OH
Acadia Birding Festival May 29-Jun 1, 2014 Bar Harbor, ME
Ecuador: Northern Andes and Amazon with Greg Miller Aug 8-23, 2014 Quito, Ecuador


Prairie Falcon

At the end of February I went to Southeastern Colorado for the High Plains Snow Goose Festival. And there were thousands of Snow Geese. For me, the raptors were a treat. This Prairie Falcon is one cool camper! And ther are Red-tailed Hawks of all different colorations. Below is a “Western” Red-tailed Hawk.

Western Red-tailed Hawk

And a beautiful light morph Ferruginous Hawk.

Light morph Ferruginous Hawk

After a few short days at home I drove to Louisville KY to speak to the Beckham Bird Club. We had a great time during my quick visit. Below is one of the Red-necked Grebes on the Ohio River.

Red-necked Grebe

In the next day-and-a-half I drove 1,000 miles to reach LaBelle FL for the tail end of the Big “O” Birding Festival. I birded Devil's Garden during the day and gave a slide presentation that evening. The next day I got to bird Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA5). Here are a few highlights.

Barred Owl

Eastern Meadowlark

Purple Swamphen

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Snail Kite

After the Big O, I traveled north to Spring Hill FL for the Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. It was cool to bird this area of Florida–an area I had only birded once before. I visited lots of cool places. And the Saturday keynote went very well. I had a great time. Highlights of Naure Coast are below.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Boat-tailed Grackle

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Water Lily

After a fun-filled schedule at Nature Coast I drove north to Tallahassee FL for a couple days of recovery and also to wait out the snowstorm in West Virginia. While in Tallahassee I got to visit Maclay Gardens–an awesomely beautiful place to visit at this time of year. Enjoy the pics!

Maclay Gardens

Maclay Gardens

Maclay Gardens

Maclay Gardens

Maclay Gardens

I hope you enjoyed the pictures!


Getting Ready for the 2013 Big O Birding Festival

Packing up this morning (3/11/2013) for an early morning departure for Ft. Myers, FL.  I will be a keynote speaker, classroom presenter, and field guide for the 2013 Big “O” Birding Festival on the southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee in Florida.  Florida?  Again?  Oooooh, yeaaaah!!!  Gonna see some kites (and many other cool birds) like these guys:

Swallow-tailed Kite in flight - near Lake Okeechobee FL - 2012-04-22 IMG_3348

Swallow-tailed Kite in flight – near Lake Okeechobee FL – 2012-04-22 photo by Greg Miller

Snail Kite adult male hunting- near Lake Okeechobee FL - 2012-04-22 IMG_3500

Snail Kite adult male hunting- near Lake Okeechobee FL – 2012-04-22 photo by Greg Miller


Rumors About Greg Miller Being Dead

UNTRUE!  ahaha.  Ok.  I don’t know about any of those rumors.  But…it has been an excessively long time since my last post.  I’ve been all over the place and keeping a pretty hectic (but exciting) schedule.  Since I’ve last posted there’s been Florida and the Dry Tortugas, West Virginia and Swainson’s Warblers, Flora-Quest in Southern Ohio, Biggest Week in American Birding in NW Ohio, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Utah, Roger Tory Peterson Institute in New York and more!

And now…10,000 pictures later…the first few photos are appearing here (yes, with my trusty Canon Rebel T2i and new Sigma 50-500mm lens with optical stabilization).  These pics are from Southern Florida to the Florida Keys on the way to the Dry Tortugas in April 2012: Continue reading