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Category Archives: La Paz County
The birds don’t need to see the Equinox on the calendar to know that spring is here. Here in western Arizona, they’ve been on the move for a few weeks now! Lucy’s Warblers are in full song on territories, Bell’s … Continue reading
Posted in AZFO, Events, La Paz County, Migration, North American Migration Count Tagged North American Migration Count 9 Comments
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
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
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
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
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
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