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Category Archives: Bill Williams
Early, early spring
While the icy grip of winter closes ever tighter on every other corner of this country, here on Arizona’s west coast we have watched as winter disappeared in January and February, with winds much calmer than usual and the sun’s … Continue reading
Posted in Big Year, Bill Williams, La Paz County, LCRV, Migration, Vagrants Tagged Alamo Lake, Arizona Birding, Big year birding, bird migration, County Big Year, La Paz County Leave a comment
Chipping away: Early January birds
I admit it: it’s 15 days into the new year, and I’ve only made five trips to La Paz County. Meetings and deadlines have done plenty to keep me busy, and daily gusty winds have done their part to keep … Continue reading
Big Times in La Paz County
This past November, while David and I were out birding with Susan and Bob Steele, we got to talking about county Big Years. The excitement, the rush, the disappointment, the car miles adding up. This conversation struck a chord in … Continue reading
Posted in Big Year, Bill Williams, Cibola NWR, Imperial County, La Paz County, LCRV, Trip reports, Vagrants Tagged Arizona Birding, Big Day, Big Year, County Big Year 7 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
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 Planet Ranch Road
With the recent return of the Nutting’s Flycatcher, the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and Planet Ranch Road in particular are once again getting attention from the birding world. Map of the western portion of the refuge On the … Continue reading
Posted in Bill Williams, Birding Locations, La Paz County, LCRV 2 Comments
ANOTHER Lesser Black-backed Gull
November 30th, after a lovely day rediscovering the now-returned Nutting’s Flycatcher, hiking in the Bill Williams, and finding my La Paz County Winter Wren, I thought I had used up all my birding karma for a little while. Still, when … Continue reading
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The Nutting’s Flycatcher is back!
Just after 8:00 this morning, after about 15 minutes of birding, I was walking down the road at Mosquito Flats in Bill Williams River NWR, planning out my post to the listserv about the continued absence of the Nutting’s Flycatcher. … Continue reading
Posted in Bill Williams, Identification, La Paz County, LCRV, Sound Recordings, Vagrants 3 Comments
Tips for Birding Havasu
November and December are prime times to bird Lake Havasu with waterfowl migration under way. With all three species of scoters as well as a Red-throated Loon and the now regular large numbers of Greater Scaup and smaller number of … Continue reading
Posted in Bill Williams, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Techniques 7 Comments