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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
Least Tern, Lake Havasu City
David and I had a nice surprise today in the form of a text message from John West, saying that he had just found a Least Tern at Rotary Park! This being a state bird for both of us, we … Continue reading
Posted in Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Vagrants Tagged Least Tern, Rarities, Twitching 2 Comments
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
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
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
Birding Lake Havasu State Park
One often-overlooked birding location on Lake Havasu is the Windsor Beach section of Lake Havasu State Park. It offers viewpoints of the lake; gull and shorebird-attracting beaches; and open park, native riparian, and native desert habitats. The campground is one … Continue reading
Posted in Birding Locations, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Vagrants Tagged Lake Havasu State Park Leave a comment