Category Archives: Vagrants

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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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

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Weekend Birding

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

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Shad Run: Of Rarities and Opportunistic Feeding

During fall and winter it is not infrequent to see a feeding frenzy suddenly form on Lake Havasu. Typically each feeding frenzy will only last a short time, but they can occur frequently while the fish are running. The actual … Continue reading

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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

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Area megas: Ivory Gull and Common Crane!

It’s been a wild week for the Colorado River below the Grand Canyon. Two days ago (January 16), the news came in that an Ivory Gull had been photographed along the Colorado River somewhere near Willow Beach, but it had … Continue reading

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ANOTHER Lesser Black-backed Gull

November 30th, after a lovely day rediscovering the now-returned Nutting’s Flycatcher, hiking in the Bill Williams, and finding my La Paz County Winter Wren, I thought I had used up all my birding karma for a little while.  Still, when … Continue reading

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The Nutting’s Flycatcher is back!

Just after 8:00 this morning, after about 15 minutes of birding, I was walking down the road at Mosquito Flats in Bill Williams River NWR, planning out my post to the listserv about the continued absence of the Nutting’s Flycatcher.  … Continue reading

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Lesser Black-backed Gull – Lake Havasu

Two days ago (26 November 2012), John West photographed an odd gull on the beach at Rotary Park.  He sent the photos to David Vander Pluym, who immediately identified it as a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull! Photos by John West … Continue reading

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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

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