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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
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
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
Filling eBird Data Gaps
I am a big believer in eBird, its mission and its utility to researchers, observers, and anyone with an interest in birds. One criticism of eBird is that it only goes where birders go; as a result, more data come … 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
A Spectacle of Swallows
The field season has kicked off once again, and I spent the past ten days with the 2012 Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO) crew around Blythe and Yuma (Cibola and Imperial NWRs). The beginning of the field season is the … Continue reading
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