Birding challenging without binoculars

Birding challenging without binoculars

This past Saturday I led a Jay’s Bird Barn sponsored bird walk. When one of the participants arrived at the store, she said she had left the house in such a hurry she had forgotten her binoculars. That was no problem as we have shelves full of binoculars, so I...

As nesting winds down, birds are on the move

Many of the bird species that summer and breed in the Central Highlands area of Arizona are finishing up their parental duties as their fledglings leave the nest and begin to strike out on their own. The ravens that nest each year in a large ponderosa pine tree in our...
Transient birds don’t know that it’s already summer

Transient birds don’t know that it’s already summer

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to take three individuals birding to the south shore of Willow Lake on a private guided bird walk. I had not been out to the lake for two weeks so I didn’t know what might be there in the way of birds, but I had high...
Burrowing owls can use your help with habitats

Burrowing owls can use your help with habitats

I mentioned in my column last week how a homeowner invited me out to see several western screech owls that were roosting in her carport. The same day my column ran in the Courier, I received an email from an avid reader and she wanted to let me know she had burrowing...
Recent bird sightings add to big year total

Recent bird sightings add to big year total

Occasionally, when a customer calls to report an unusual bird sighting in his yard, an invitation is extended to me to come see the rare bird. I received such an invitation this past week when an individual called to report several small owls in her carport. She...
How birds get water in summer

How birds get water in summer

Earlier this week I was down in Phoenix, and it was 112 degrees outside. Fortunately, I love the heat, and this kind of weather doesn’t bother me at all. While in Phoenix I was seeing and hearing a variety of birds such as grackle, verdin, flycatcher, quail,...