New birding venue, new birds

New birding venue, new birds

I was in Kansas City, Missouri, last week for training at Hallmark’s corporate offices. As you might imagine, I took my binoculars with me in anticipation of having some free time to squeeze in a little bird watching. Our hotel was in the downtown district — a very...
The importance of sharing rare and unusual bird sightings

The importance of sharing rare and unusual bird sightings

This past week, we had a surprise visitor to our yard — a male northern cardinal. What a special treat! Our home is near Eagle Ridge off of Rosser Street in Prescott, and we have lived at this location for 13 years. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that we...
Wild bird nesting behavior varies by species

Wild bird nesting behavior varies by species

This time of year, a topic frequently discussed at the Bird Barn is wild bird nesting behavior. Particularly, how long it will take for eggs to hatch and how much time it will take for the baby birds to leave the nest. These questions come up, because wild birds...
Bird watching experiences in the Pacific Northwest

Bird watching experiences in the Pacific Northwest

This past week, my wife, Gayla, and I visited our son Merritt and his family in Renton, Washington. They live in an apartment complex along Maple Valley Highway next to the Cedar River. Birding is as easy as looking out their window where an active Bald Eagle’s nest...
Looking for birds and finding a bobcat

Looking for birds and finding a bobcat

I managed to get out and do a little birding during the Memorial Day weekend. I spent time out by the airport and at both Watson and Willow Lakes, as well as a long bike ride from the intersection of Rosser and Highway 89 out towards Prescott Valley on the Iron King...
A very birdy morning on Mingus Mountain

A very birdy morning on Mingus Mountain

Ever since the Verde Valley Birding Festival almost a month ago, I have been itching to get back out birding. The month of May is one of the best months of the year to go bird watching, as migration is in full swing. This is the time of year when you can see the...