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Category Archives: LCRV
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
Posted in Identification, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Molt, Species Profiles Tagged California Gull, Gull molt, Gull plumage, Second-cycle gulls 2 Comments
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
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
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Vagrants Tagged Adult gulls, Birding, Gull, Gull identification, Lake Havasu City Arizona, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull 4 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
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
Posted in AZFO, Events, La Paz County, LCRV, Migration, News, North American Migration Count Tagged Citizen science, La Paz County, La Paz County Arizona 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
Here on Lake Havasu, it is not uncommon to hear the wails of Common Loons drifting across the water on still mornings, especially as spring migration begins. Just the other day, though, David and I were at Site Six watching … Continue reading
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Sound Recordings Tagged Common Loon, Loon calls, Pacific Loon 3 Comments