Birding: Christmas is coming, the Canada goose is getting fat!

Birding: Christmas is coming, the Canada goose is getting fat!

I work at the Jay’s Bird Barn store in Flagstaff every week, which provides me an opportunity to do some bird watching when I am there. As I rolled into Flagstaff Tuesday morning, it was 9 degrees. If you know me very well, you know I do NOT like to be cold. I...
Birding: A fruitful visit to the ‘Thrasher Spot’

Birding: A fruitful visit to the ‘Thrasher Spot’

Arizona is home to a number of thrasher species. The most commonly seen thrasher in the Prescott area is the crissal thrasher. While this species is listed in the “Birds of Prescott, Arizona” checklist as both common and abundant, most people in the Prescott area have...
Birding: Logging species in my eBird account while traveling

Birding: Logging species in my eBird account while traveling

I didn’t have much down time between my trip to Texas two weeks ago and the trip my wife and I made to help our son, Merritt, and his family move to Oklahoma last week. We drove the moving truck from Prescott out to Oklahoma and back this past week, and it was a lot...
Birding: A whirlwind of birding in Texas

Birding: A whirlwind of birding in Texas

After working at the Flagstaff store last week, I drove directly to Phoenix and took a flight to Houston with two of my birding friends from Prescott. We arrived late, but that didn’t stop us from getting an early start the next morning. We were on the road by 5:30...
Birding: Paying it forward — a way to bless the lives of others

Birding: Paying it forward — a way to bless the lives of others

A significant event occurred in my life 55 years ago this week. On Nov. 9, 1965, when I was 6 years old, my parents took me to Tucson, Arizona, for my asthma. While my love of birds had already started in my birth state, Massachusetts, it was in the Sonoran Desert...