Birding: Birding with my boys in northern Utah

Birding: Birding with my boys in northern Utah

I made a quick trip to Utah this past week to help a friend move from Prescott to Logan. This gave me the opportunity to visit two of our sons that live in Provo, and to do some bird watching in northern Utah.  While I grew up in Tucson, I have spent a lot of time in...
Birding: Baby hummingbird rescue has happy ending

Birding: Baby hummingbird rescue has happy ending

Last Friday morning, I received an urgent phone call from some folks who live out Williamson Valley Road. They explained they had a baby hummingbird that was trying to leave the nest, but was “stuck.” Their fear was that the mother was going to tire of feeding the...
Birding: Goldfinch numbers — are they up or down?

Birding: Goldfinch numbers — are they up or down?

One of my many roles at the Bird Barn is answering questions from customers. Sometimes the questions are about bird behavior or the products we sell. More often than not, the questions have to do with the numbers of birds people are NOT seeing.  Rarely does anyone...
Moore: Getting out and enjoying nature in our ‘backyard’

Moore: Getting out and enjoying nature in our ‘backyard’

Several years ago, I heard the following story, which I will attempt to retell in my own words.  Back in the 50s or 60s, a young man worked as a service station attendant in southern Utah.  One day, he was refueling a car with a New York license plate. The owner of...
Birding column: Birding at the Upper Verde River Wildlife Area

Birding column: Birding at the Upper Verde River Wildlife Area

This past Saturday, I did some birding along a stretch of the Upper Verde River. I had two ‘target’ birds on this particular outing — golden eagle and yellow-billed cuckoo. Both of these species were on my wish list when I visited southeastern Arizona a few weeks ago,...