It’s Birdathon time!

It’s Birdathon time!

The month of May is International Migratory Bird Month and is celebrated across the globe. One of the ways this event is celebrated here in Prescott is the opportunity to participate in a friendly Birdathon competition sponsored by our local Prescott Audubon Society...

Spring — birding at its best

Each year I donate a guided bird walk to be auctioned off at the Highlands Center for Natural History’s “Wander the Wild” fundraiser event. On Tuesday of this week, I led a private birding tour for the winning bidder and several of her friends. We spent six hours...
The return of Swainson’s Hawks

The return of Swainson’s Hawks

Over the last week or two, I have been engaged in an exchange of emails with a customer who lives in Prescott Valley, near 89A and Viewpoint Drive. Our email conversation is directly related to the content of last week’s column regarding migration—what birds are...
Who’s coming, who’s going, and who’s staying

Who’s coming, who’s going, and who’s staying

Wild bird migration during the months of April and May will have a tremendous impact on the varieties of birds you will see in your yard.  Perhaps you are already witnessing a changing of the guard in your yard and at your feeders. How can you find out what birds are...
Spring birding down in the valley

Spring birding down in the valley

I was in Phoenix this past week and managed to squeeze in a few hours of birding—first along the Salt River, and later at Gilbert Water Ranch.  It was a lovely day.  It didn’t get above 70 degrees all day. The drive down provided early evidence that we should have a...
Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

What a difference a week makes. Just last week I was in Flagstaff, and the wind was blowing so hard and the snow was falling so fast it was near-blizzard conditions. Earlier this week I had a speaking engagement in Sedona, and as I drove back it was 78 degrees in the...