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Category Archives: Migration
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
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
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
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
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
Posted in Identification, LCRV, Migration, Techniques, Vagrants Tagged Arizona, California, Colorado River, Greater Scaup, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, LCRV, Pacific Loon 2 Comments
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
Spring Migration Birding
With temperatures creeping above 100 in the past week, those of us along the river here were happy to hear that a front was coming through, bringing possible rain and highs in the 80s. Of course, there is always a … Continue reading
Have You Seen BirdCast?
At first I started using eBird because I liked the idea of my everyday sightings being useful for science. I quickly grew to love how simply it organized all my sightings and lists. Eventually, I learned how to use the … Continue reading
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