Sharp-shinned hawks hunt in bushes, shrubs

Sharp-shinned hawks hunt in bushes, shrubs

Earlier this week, we had a sharp-shinned hawk working the bushes in our backyard. This is a fascinating species to watch. Their hunting technique is an active process. This is a bird that dives into small bushes and shrubs in an effort to flush small birds from the...
Anna’s hummingbirds are coming back

Anna’s hummingbirds are coming back

Over the last week and a half, the Prescott area has experienced an influx of Anna’s hummingbirds. Ever since our weather turned unseasonably warm, I have been receiving daily reports on hummingbird activity from customers via e-mails, phone calls and...
Warm weather confusing the birds and the bees

Warm weather confusing the birds and the bees

My family spent five days in Tucson over the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Day, we hiked Pusch Peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Hiking Pusch Peak is like climbing stairs for two hours as you make the 3,000-foot ascent from the trailhead to the summit. The...
Don’t mistake that pine siskin for a lesser goldfinch

Don’t mistake that pine siskin for a lesser goldfinch

In a typical year lesser goldfinch numbers in the Prescott area dip in winter, dropping by as much as half from our spring and summer numbers. This year our goldfinches left early, and they left in record numbers. Over the past few months, sales for finch seed have...
Wild birds and winter survival

Wild birds and winter survival

Last week’s winter storm provided a vivid reminder of how fragile life can be for wild birds, literally living on the edge of survival from day to day. Between the snow and frigid temperatures, wild birds were forced to use their best instincts to survive (with...
Bad weather a downer for bird-watchers

Bad weather a downer for bird-watchers

The Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count was Dec. 22. I was joined by my son, Jeremy, one of our employees, and a customer as we worked to discover the hidden bird treasures of the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Now before I start telling you...