Birding: Unusual plumage results in mistaken identification

Birding: Unusual plumage results in mistaken identification

Recently I started receiving verbal communication from customers reporting they were seeing an unusually large brown bird in the area of Prescott High School, off Ruth Street. Shortly thereafter, a customer emailed me pictures of the bird in question. What was this...
Birding: Reminiscing on my bucket list challenge efforts

Birding: Reminiscing on my bucket list challenge efforts

We wrapped up our visit to our son, Jeremy, and his family in Virginia this past week. While we were back East, we swung through Maryland and spent a little time in both Delaware and New Jersey.  Living in the West for most of my life, it is hard to imagine being able...
Birding: Hobby of bird watching is great way to be lifelong learner

Birding: Hobby of bird watching is great way to be lifelong learner

I had an experience this past week that really touched me. A woman, probably in her 70s, came into the store and said she wanted to buy a pair of binoculars for herself. She mentioned she’d been on a few of our free bird walks and she wanted to get into birding. As I...
Birding: Happy New Year and happy birding from Virginia

Birding: Happy New Year and happy birding from Virginia

Last week, as 2021 drew to a close, Gayla and I flew to Virginia to visit our son Jeremy and his family. Fortunately, in spite of all of the COVID-related-flight cancellations, we were able to travel to see our newest grandchild, Jethro. And, as you might imagine,...
Birding: The year in review — looking back, looking forward

Birding: The year in review — looking back, looking forward

As I review the past year —from a birding perspective — I am so grateful for the birding trips I was able to participate in this year! In April, Gayla and I birded in southeastern Arizona and had a wonderful time. In May I went to Alamos, Mexico with a few fellow...
Birding: Prescott Audubon Society Christmas bird count results

Birding: Prescott Audubon Society Christmas bird count results

Last Wednesday, Dec. 15, was the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. I have participated in Christmas Bird Counts since I was a teenager. Each year my assigned area is Granite Basin. It is a very large geographical area to cover, extending from the...