May 13

Join us on May 13 for a bird walk and bird banding demonstration at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. The walk will start at 8 a.m.  and the banding demonstration will be held when Steve is ready for us. I hope to see you there. 

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 Big Year in a Little State. Just a reminder that we will be having our annual wrap up meeting at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge at 10:30 am. February 11. We will be sharing stories and passing out trophies to those who won each category.  I will also let you know how many species we tallied as a group. It has been quite a year. 

I also want to thank everyone who has join the 2017 Big Year in a Little State! We have a great group of people who have joined. I have lined up a bird banding demonstration for May so please stay tuned!. Also feel free to join me every Wednesday to work on your list!  

Thank you!

Thank you!

January 25, 2016

I want to thank everyone who has joined the Big Year in a Little State! During the year I will post walks you may be interested in and some special birds that are being seen.    If you have any pictures to share I would love to add them to the site.  You can always email me at if you have a picture of a bird you aren't sure about. 

January has been an interesting month at feeders. I encourage you to keep those feeders full and take notice of any usual birds that you may see.  A Cape May Warbler was seen in Peacedale,  a Baltimore Oriole was seen in Saunderstown, Pine Warblers, Fox Sparrow, Purple Finch and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are also being seen . 

Many of you may have heard that a very cooperative Yellow-breasted Chat has been seen at Seapowet Marsh in Tiverton. As well as a Vesper Sparrow and the continuing Sandhill Crane.  I was lucky enough to be able to see the Yellow-breasted Chat with Mike Kieron last week. Thank you Mike for sharing your  picture! 

This week's Wednesday Morning Bird walk  (1/27) is being held at  Sachuest Wildlife Refuge at 9:15 a.m.. I hope to see you there! 

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Laura Carberry to Coordinate the 2016 Big Year

Laura Carberry, Audubon refuge manager and expert birder, will be coordinating the 2016 Big Year competition. Laura leads weekly walks around the state and also coordinates Audubon's annual Block Island Birding Weekend.

Spring is upon us!

It may not feel that way with the sub-freezing mornings and lingering snow on the ground, but some early migrants have already made their way into the state.

Piping Plovers are being seen along the coastline…a harbinger of spring for sure. I am sure that you are ready and excited about getting out and birding in the longer days and warmer weather.

Before you know it the spring bird banding stations across the state will be up and running…with an exclusive invitation to all you BIG YEAR participants to attend a banding session and really get a chance to bolster your bird list…stay tuned!

There's still time to catch some winter species

Hope your BIG YEAR is off to a BIG start! Despite the unusually harsh winter weather, it has been a fantastic winter of birding here in Rhode Island (as is typical). With lots of reports of Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Rough-legged Hawks and other winter specialties here’s hoping your list is growing.

If not, you have a limited time to get these species before they exit the state for the year so get birding! The tail end of the winter season is a great time to bird due to the warming weather and the many lingering species. But don’t wait!

Caratunk Counts!

We've changed the rules so you can include any birds identified at Audubon's Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA.

It doesn't count ... but

Okay, it doesn't count .... but a rare woodpecker that has been hanging around the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Just in case you are doing a national Big Year

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Competition Categories

We've just added better descriptions for the competition categories ... hope that helps you choose the category to enter.

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