Category Archives: Migration

NAMC 2014

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

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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

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Inland Seabirds

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

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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

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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

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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

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Perception of Rare and the LCRV

Each of us has our own perception of what birds we consider rare and think of when someone says we saw a rare bird. Some would consider species with low world populations such as Whooping Crane as the only rare … Continue reading

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