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Author Archives: Lauren Harter
Photo Study: Two Second-Cycle California Gulls
Phainopepla Fables has been on the back-burner lately as field work has kept us busy, and we’ve spent the past month or so catching up. We hope to update the blog more regularly now as we should have a little … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Molt, Species Profiles Tagged California Gull, Gull molt, Gull plumage, Second-cycle gulls 2 Comments
Mew Gull in Lake Havasu City
From a birder’s perspective, one particularly nice aspect of living in Lake Havasu City is the chance to just swing by Rotary Park on the way to the grocery store. I’ve had a cold the past few days and haven’t … Continue reading
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Vagrants Tagged Adult gulls, Birding, Gull, Gull identification, Lake Havasu City Arizona, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull 4 Comments
Getting Into Sound Recording
I can remember the first time I realized just how powerful birding by ear was. It was October of 2003, and I had already been a birder for years. I was birding with my mother at Topanga State Park in … Continue reading
North American Migration Count 2013
The North American Migration Count is like the Christmas Bird Count, but in the spring and on a county-sized scale. This year, the count will be happening on Saturday, May 11. Mark your calendars! This will be my third year … Continue reading
Posted in AZFO, Events, La Paz County, LCRV, Migration, News, North American Migration Count Tagged Citizen science, La Paz County, La Paz County Arizona Leave a comment
Here on Lake Havasu, it is not uncommon to hear the wails of Common Loons drifting across the water on still mornings, especially as spring migration begins. Just the other day, though, David and I were at Site Six watching … Continue reading
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Sound Recordings Tagged Common Loon, Loon calls, Pacific Loon 3 Comments
Birding Lake Havasu State Park
One often-overlooked birding location on Lake Havasu is the Windsor Beach section of Lake Havasu State Park. It offers viewpoints of the lake; gull and shorebird-attracting beaches; and open park, native riparian, and native desert habitats. The campground is one … Continue reading
Posted in Birding Locations, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Vagrants Tagged Lake Havasu State Park Leave a comment
I spent this weekend birding with Barrett Pierce of Amarillo, TX, et al. searching for the Nutting’s Flycatcher, rails, Sage Sparrows, and generally enjoying our local birds and rarities. The flycatcher hadn’t been seen since February 1 or 3, and … Continue reading
Birding the north end of Lake Havasu
I’ve written many times about Lake Havasu’s north end, particularly Cape Havasu. I’ve written about many of the rarities that have been seen there, and about the many reasons why I enjoy birding there. Now it’s probably about time I … Continue reading
Posted in Birding Locations, Havasu NWR, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County Tagged Cape Havasu 2 Comments
Filling eBird Data Gaps
I am a big believer in eBird, its mission and its utility to researchers, observers, and anyone with an interest in birds. One criticism of eBird is that it only goes where birders go; as a result, more data come … Continue reading
Recording Black-tailed Gnatcatchers
An exciting event for me occurred this past week, when I received my first real microphone, a Sennheiser ME66 shotgun mic. More on that later, but needless to say, I had to get outside to take it for a spin … Continue reading
Posted in Havasu NWR, LCRV, Sound Recordings, Species Profiles Tagged Bird song, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Gnatcatcher Leave a comment