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Category Archives: Trip reports
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
I spent this weekend birding with Barrett Pierce of Amarillo, TX, et al. searching for the Nutting’s Flycatcher, rails, Sage Sparrows, and generally enjoying our local birds and rarities. The flycatcher hadn’t been seen since February 1 or 3, and … Continue reading
Christmas Birding Trip: Bill Williams to Yuma
This post is a bit belated, but December 15 was my first Christmas Bird Count of the season, the Yuma/Martinez Lake count. Centered on Imperial Dam, the count circle is equal parts Yuma County, AZ and Imperial County, AZ. Since … Continue reading
Big Sit 2012: Cape Havasu
This weekend, everyone is talking about the Big Sit, a national birding event hosted by Birdwatcher’s Digest, which falls every year on the second Sunday in October. (This year, they added the preceding Saturday as a possible count day.) This … Continue reading
Posted in Big Sit, Events, Havasu NWR, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Trip reports, Vagrants 2 Comments
White Ibis in Baker, CA
The summer doldrums are a thing of the past here in the desert, and I’m doing my best to forget them until next year. Temperatures have been kindly staying below 110, monsoons have been passing through on a weekly basis, … Continue reading
Posted in High desert, Trip reports, Vagrants 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
2011 Big Year Summary!
I guess it was a strange thing to do, trying a Big Year as soon as I moved to a new county. I was mainly inspired by Tommy D’s awesome Maricopa Big Year-ing, and I figured it would be a … Continue reading
Posted in Big Year, Lake Havasu, LCRV, Mohave County, Trip reports, Vagrants 4 Comments