Watering holes create a draw for wild birds

This past Saturday, I drove for almost two hours to reach my birding destination—a cattle tank in the Santa Maria Mountains, northwest of Prescott. My route took me out Williamson Valley Road to Camp Wood Road, and ultimately to Forest Service Road 9. When I arrived,...
Rockport Texas Christmas bird count

Rockport Texas Christmas bird count

Last week I wrote about my experience birding in the Granite Basin area as part of the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.  The very next day I flew to Corpus Christi, Texas to participate in the Rockport Christmas Bird Count.  Rockport, as you may...

Good morning turns into a disappointing afternoon

Last week I participated in the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. My assigned area each year is Granite Basin, from Iron Springs Road all the way down to Granite Basin Lake, including the surrounding area. The weather was very mild compared to...

Speed birding — it’s a rush

Earlier this week, I took the Jay’s Birds Barn truck down to Mesa for service. This provided me the perfect opportunity (excuse) to make a quick visit to the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, also known as the Gilbert Water Ranch. This is the second time in less than...

Recent bird activity in the yard

Over the last several months, I have been working on creating a new bird feeding area in my yard—moving it from the back to the front yard. One downside of the change is that without stepping out of the house, I cannot see the birds in my new feeding area. Prior to...
The importance of water in winter

The importance of water in winter

As the weeks pass by, and our weather continues to be unseasonably warm and dry, I can’t help but think how much we need precipitation in any form—rain or snow. On a walk in Watson Woods earlier this week, everything looked so dry. Granite Creek looks more like a dry...