Bucket list birding in Costa Rica

Bucket list birding in Costa Rica

The Jay’s Bird Barn/Prescott Audubon tour of Costa Rica began on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and I arrived two days earlier to do some birding on my own. For my personal list, I have seen close to 290 bird species. I have also seen and heard numbers of species that have gone...
Change of pace, change of venue

Change of pace, change of venue

Last week I wrote about my experience seeing a snowy owl in Odessa, Texas.  This week I am part of a Prescott Audubon Society and Jay’s Bird Barn birding trip to Costa Rica.  We arrived in the country yesterday, Monday, and hit the ground running.   After checking...
A cold and ‘snowy’ day in Texas

A cold and ‘snowy’ day in Texas

I usually divide our customers into two categories — those whom I affectionately refer to as ‘casual backyard birders,’ and those whom I call ‘field birders.’ Field birders are individuals who like to get out in nature and track down rare, unusual and exotic bird...
Fun loving ravens are fun to watch

Fun loving ravens are fun to watch

One of the most abundant bird species in the West is the common raven. In my opinion, ravens are one of the most intelligent and adaptable bird species in North America. If you look at a range map, the distribution of ravens is impressive. Ravens are a year-round...

Hummingbirds can survive the winter

The winter storm we had this past weekend provoked a flurry of emails from customers concerned for the hummingbirds in their yards. One email read, “I have a hummingbird who is still hanging around, notwithstanding the cold weather. Because he’s still here I have been...
The bees are back

The bees are back

This week, I received an email from a customer with the following statement in the subject line, “The bees are back.” Quoting from the body of his email he wrote, “Looks like it’s that time of year again. I think they are usually going after the corn, but only...