Updating lifetime of bird records takes me back in time

The rare purple gallinule that I wrote about last week has not been seen for over a week now. It is hard to know what became of it-did it successfully migrate back to its more traditional range? Did it continue its off-course migration? Did it get eaten? Granite Basin...
Chasing a rare bird adds a new species to my life list

Chasing a rare bird adds a new species to my life list

On Thursday of last week, I received a Prescott Rare Bird email notification of yet another rare bird sighting at Granite Basin Lake-this time it was a purple gallinule. Gallinules are similar to American coots, which are very common at all of the lakes in the...
An uncommon ‘common’ visitor shows up at Watson Lake

An uncommon ‘common’ visitor shows up at Watson Lake

This past week, an astute birder identified a single common tern at Watson Lake. While the name “common” would indicate this species is abundant, that is not true for this part of the country. Common terns are actually very uncommon in Arizona. Terns have...
The one that almost got away

The one that almost got away

It is not very often that I see a ‘new’ bird that I have never seen before. Having lived in Arizona most of my life, I have seen most of the birds that an active birder is likely to encounter in the state. Adding new birds to my life list usually involves...
What’s going on in September? A lot!

What’s going on in September? A lot!

September is a busy month, and not just for migrating birds! As I look ahead, there are several community events with an emphasis on the great outdoors-which we are so blessed to enjoy here in the Central Highlands area of Arizona. Saturday, Sept. 5 is the kickoff for...