Birding is just incredibly addictive. You can never get enough!
Angus frames the Little Egret in Maine (bird is to the left of his hands) 

Angus frames the Little Egret in Maine (bird is to the left of his hands) 

Angus is a teen birder from Georgia. This year, he received a scholarship to attend the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. I'll be heading there this week to interview young birders from around the country. En route to Hog Island, I stopped in Falmouth to search for the Little Egret, a Eurasian species that has returned for a second summer in the tidal marshes of Maine. While waiting for the tides to change, I met a variety of birders, including Angus- who had just returned from a week on Hog Island. 

Little Egret    Tidewater Farm Fallmouth, Maine

Little Egret    Tidewater Farm Fallmouth, Maine

What was your favorite part about Hog Island?

I don't want to be cliche, but it was definitely going out to Eastern Egg Rock and seeing the puffins!

Can you tell me about how technology plays a role in how you experience birds? 

I enjoy taking pictures of birds a lot. It's one of my favorite parts of it. I really like everything that eBird has brought, including real-time updates (like where the Little Egret is) and the Top 100 feature, that's really cool. 

I got to check out Cornell's new Merlin bird ID App, since the designer was on Hog Island. [The app] can identify photos of 400 species to the species in seconds! 

I love seeing birds all over the country, but I'm still wowed every time i see the same species back in Georgia. I could probably bird all over the world, but I love sticking with my home patch! 


Angus was too humble to share this, but I learned that he had painted a Yellow-rumped Warbler in a Wax Myrtle bush for the  Georgia Youth Birding Competition, which helped him getting into serious birding. The painting won an award and was turned into a t-shirt for the event. I thought this was an amazing accomplishment for a young birder and wanted to share a photo of Angus accepting his award. 

Photo of Angus with his painting from the Breaking Bird blog (https://breakingbird.wordpress.com/tag/youth-birding-competition/)

Photo of Angus with his painting from the Breaking Bird blog (https://breakingbird.wordpress.com/tag/youth-birding-competition/)