Birding: Chasing rare bird sightings to pad my Arizona year list

Birding: Chasing rare bird sightings to pad my Arizona year list

This past Friday, June 5, I saw a rare bird (for this part of the United States)—a hooded warbler. The typical summer range for this species is mostly east of the Mississippi, so to have one in the Prescott area is indeed rare. A local birder found the warbler last...
Birding: Spring migration brings four grosbeak species to Prescott

Birding: Spring migration brings four grosbeak species to Prescott

Over the last month I have seen four different species of grosbeaks right here in Prescott! Not familiar with grosbeaks? The name says it all. This is a family of birds that is defined by a unique, shared trait — a massive beak, for cracking open nuts and seeds. The...
Birding: Wild birds need abundance of insects to rear their young

Birding: Wild birds need abundance of insects to rear their young

Several years ago, I planted six rosebushes in our backyard as a gift to my wife for Mother’s Day — one bush for each of our children.  As I was sitting out on the back patio this past Sunday, Mother’s Day, I enjoyed watching little bushtits as they gleaned for...
Birding: UFO sighting at Willow Lake garners a lot of attention

Birding: UFO sighting at Willow Lake garners a lot of attention

Last week, the evening of April 30, a large flock of very large birds spent a considerable amount of time flying over Willow Lake before finally settling down for the night. In spite of their 108-inch wing span—which is significantly larger than a Bald Eagle, which...