Birding: Where are all of our winter birds?

Birding: Where are all of our winter birds?

So far, our fall and winter migration activity has shown mixed results. Many of our typical winter birds are present, such as yellow-rumped warblers, ruby-crowned kinglets and white-crowned sparrows. However, noticeably absent are dark-eyed juncos, pine siskins and...
Birding: Berries are a way to attract bluebirds to your yard

Birding: Berries are a way to attract bluebirds to your yard

I was driving eastbound on Rosser Street earlier this week, and just before I got to the community center, I saw a small bird perched atop a street sign in the median. Since I was driving, I only had a brief look with the naked eye, but I was pretty confident that...
Birding: Watson Woods, lake birding impressive

Birding: Watson Woods, lake birding impressive

We have had such a lovely fall! Our daytime temperatures have consistently been running slightly above normal, and our morning low temperatures have been fairly mild. While it has been dry, our lack of precipitation is not unusual for this time of year, as October and...
Birding: Recent local rare bird sightings create excitement

Birding: Recent local rare bird sightings create excitement

I received a text last week from a customer who lives in Montezuma Well (in the Verde Valley) reporting a rufous-backed robin in his yard. This is really an incredible find. I have only seen this species in North America on two previous occasions — once at the Cameron...