Where did the name ‘Jay’s Bird Barn’ come from?

Where did the name ‘Jay’s Bird Barn’ come from?

Several years ago, at a speaking engagement, when I was explaining — yet again — the origin of the name of my business, Jay’s Bird Barn, a smart aleck in the audience asked if all of my children had bird names. “Is your daughter named Robin?” he asked. The name Jay’s...
Birding in the Little Thumb Butte area

Birding in the Little Thumb Butte area

Two weeks ago, I spent four days along the Verde River, where it runs through Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. This section of the Verde is sometimes referred to as the ‘middle’ Verde.  The day after I got home, I spent the next two days in and around the...
A very birdy Verde birding festival

A very birdy Verde birding festival

This past week was the annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.  Each year, Jay’s Bird Barn participates in the festival by guiding field trips, providing workshops and also participating as a vendor.  As we...
Cooper’s hawks prey on song birds

Cooper’s hawks prey on song birds

This past Sunday, as I was sitting out in my yard, I saw a Cooper’s hawk swoop into our bird-feeding area. Landing briefly in a large juniper tree, the hawk flipped around on the branch then dropped down and made a quick strike on a bird that was sitting in a tray of...
Nesting season is underway

Nesting season is underway

In hiking different segments of the Prescott Circle Trail over the last few weeks, I have had several interesting bird sightings. This past week, I hiked the segment from the intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Williamson Valley Road to Pioneer Park. The trail wanders...
To keep birds visiting your yard, let insects thrive there

To keep birds visiting your yard, let insects thrive there

This past week I had several speaking engagements — at the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs in Phoenix, the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) program at the Yavapai College campus in Prescott, and a Native Plant Workshop in Sedona.  Each of the talks I...