- All content and photographs © Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym. No commercial use is allowed without permission.
- Western Arizona eBird bar charts: Click here.
Western Arizona birding locations: Click here.
LCRV Rarities map: Click here.
- Lauren's La Paz County Big Year is at 258!
Latest addition: Northern Parula
Top Posts & Pages
- Arizona Strip AZFO Big Year Bill Williams Birding Locations Christmas Bird Counts Cibola NWR Conservation eBird Events Havasu NWR Identification Imperial County Lake Havasu La Paz County LCRV Migration Mohave County Molt Nevada News North American Migration Count Riverside County San Bernardino County Sound Recordings Species Profiles Techniques Trip reports Vagrants Yuma County
Category Archives: Imperial County
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
The Christmas Bird Count season is always an exciting time of year, with more eyes and ears out in the field looking at birds, gathering data and finding rarities; birders getting together, seeing old friends and meeting new people; and … Continue reading
The Government Shutdown and Western Arizona
The current shutdown of the federal government is having a significant impact on birders as we try to figure out which of our favorite birding locations are off-limits, and which are still accessible. On a recent trip to southeastern Arizona, … Continue reading
Posted in Birding Locations, Cibola NWR, Havasu NWR, Imperial County, La Paz County, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Nevada, News, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Yuma County Tagged Bill Williams River NWR, Cibola NWR, Havasu NWR, Imperial NWR, Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City Arizona, Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Mead NRA, Lake Mohave, Martinez Lake, Parker Valley 5 Comments
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
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
Christmas Birding Trip: Bill Williams to Yuma
This post is a bit belated, but December 15 was my first Christmas Bird Count of the season, the Yuma/Martinez Lake count. Centered on Imperial Dam, the count circle is equal parts Yuma County, AZ and Imperial County, AZ. Since … Continue reading
Early Fall Birding
It feels a little weird to call it “fall birding” on July 1st, but with temperatures spiking over 115 recently*, it is much more pleasant to think of fall than summer. Besides, as I have written before, something is always … Continue reading