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Streak-backed Oriole at CVCA
It’s been a busy past couple months with doing vegetation surveys for GBBO as well as trying to get in as much birding as possible (along with the usual ebird and documenting rarities seen that results from such birding), that I … Continue reading
Posted in AZFO, eBird, Identification, La Paz County, Species Profiles, Vagrants Tagged Arizona, Coyote Willow, CVCA, Streak-backed Oriole, Vagrant Leave a comment
By now I am sure that most everyone has heard about the split of Sage Sparrow into (at present) two species: Bell’s Sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli) and Sagebrush Sparrow (A. nevadensis), two names I think are appropriate or at least I … Continue reading
On August 5 Lauren and I made a mad dash down to Mittry Lake after Bobby Wilcox found Arizona’s potential second state record of a Sooty Shearwater and the first one found alive (though see below about a third individual)! … Continue reading
Posted in Imperial County, LCRV, Migration, Vagrants, Yuma County Tagged Brown Booby, Gulf of California, Salton Sink, Seabirds, Sooty Shearwater, Tubenoses 5 Comments
Is Nutting’s Flycatcher actually two species?
Lauren Harter and I have been very busy with work lately and haven’t had the time to update the blog as much as we like (but we do have some interesting stuff that we will hopefully finish and post soon!). … Continue reading
Posted in Bill Williams, Identification, Species Profiles Tagged AOU, Costa Rica, flycatcher, Mexico, Nutting's Flycatcher, Taxonomy Leave a comment
Nutting’s Flycatcher Confirmed Breeding!
With only four previous records for the United States, Lauren Harter’s and my discovery of a Nutting’s Flycatcher in the Bill Williams River NWR in the winter of 2011-2012 was a shock, though there was a prior record (Sept 2008) … Continue reading
Posted in Bill Williams, LCRV, Mohave County, Vagrants Tagged LCRV, Mosquito Flats, Nutting's Flycatcher, Nutting's Flycatcher breeding 21 Comments
Species Profile: Franklin’s Gull
The Franklin’s Gull is an attractive member of one of my favorite groups. It is also always one of the highlights of spring waterbird migration in the LCRV. With a black hood and a pink blush to the chest even … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Migration, Molt, Species Profiles Tagged Franklin's Gull, LCRV 1 Comment
Viewing the LCRV Swallow Spectacle
I love spectacles of migration, huge numbers of animals moving; no photos can do it justice. I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to see some of these amazing sights. Hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters off the California … Continue reading
Warming temperatures and changes in the bird life are always a good sign that spring is here around Lake Havasu. Spring means not only changes in the bird life in the LCRV but also the start of the field season … Continue reading
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Molt, Nevada Leave a comment
An interesting Ferruginous Hawk
Ferrugunios Hawk, the “Regal Eagle,” a magnificent bird and a species I never see often enough. Though the light morph birds are beautiful, I am always amazed at the beauty of intermediate/dark morph birds. The rufous tones to the dark … Continue reading
Posted in Identification, La Paz County, LCRV Tagged Ferruginous Hawk, Parker Valley, Plumage Leave a comment
On Wednesday morning, 20 Feb Lauren and I awoke to find the mountains around us hidden by clouds with a steady rain falling. As the clouds lifted they revealed the mountains were covered in snow. This may surprise people, but since we … Continue reading
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Vagrants Tagged Blackpoll Warbler, Lake Havasu, Pacific Loon, Weather Leave a comment