Birding: As seasons change, change bird-feeding practices

Birding: As seasons change, change bird-feeding practices

At this point, spring migration is still just a trickle, but the number of bird species on the move will grow every week until it reaches its peak in early May. As the days continue to get longer, the Arizona Central Highlands will experience a tremendous change in...
Birding: Birding Festivals are back on track in 2022

Birding: Birding Festivals are back on track in 2022

While COVID is not necessarily in our rearview mirror, I am excited to announce that for the first time since 2019, several of the annual birding festivals are going to be in-person this year. If you have never attended a birding festival, I strongly recommend...
Birding: Spring is in the air and wild birds are on the move

Birding: Spring is in the air and wild birds are on the move

Hummingbird sightings continue to come in.  Since last week, I’ve had reports of four different species at backyard bird feeders — Anna’s, rufous, broad-tailed and black-chinned. If you haven’t put out a hummingbird feeder yet, I’d suggest getting at least one feeder...
Birding: Wild birds sporting green on St. Patrick’s Day

Birding: Wild birds sporting green on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As I was thinking of a topic to write about this week, my mind settled on the thought of how there are so few songbirds with green plumage. Thinking about it more, I realized that many of the bird species sporting green are water birds, which...
Birding: Using diet as tool to aid in bird identification

Birding: Using diet as tool to aid in bird identification

Over the last two weeks, my column has provided helpful tips on how to improve your bird identification skills. Today’s column will continue in the same vein. Another key piece of knowledge that can be helpful when identifying wild birds is to observe what the bird in...
Birding: Using habitat to help identify wild birds

Birding: Using habitat to help identify wild birds

In my column last week, I shared bird identification tips. Some of my recommendations had to do with such field markings as color and beak structure. Other recommendations included behavior, size and foraging techniques. I also made the suggestion to pay attention to...