Author Archives: Lauren Harter

About Lauren Harter

I live in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where I work as a field biologist and spend as much of the rest of my time as possible looking at (and listening to!) birds.

Elements of a Bird Description

Documenting a notable bird sighting is a part of everyday life for most birders, especially with the growing popularity of eBird. With the increase in documentation out there, though, in many ways there has been a decline in the quality … Continue reading

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Least Tern, Lake Havasu City

David and I had a nice surprise today in the form of a text message from John West, saying that he had just found a Least Tern at Rotary Park! This being a state bird for both of us, we … Continue reading

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Sound Recordings from the Spring

After making good use of my recording equipment this spring, the summer has been much slower for sound recording. I blame the heat, both because it keeps me inside much more often and because I don’t like to take the … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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