2015-10-22 “Common” Tucson Birds

One positive that came out of having my transportation down was that I could spend quality time with the birds around my cousin’s abode. It’s likely that many locals here might have little interest in the resident bird population, but I see these as very interesting subjects. What is “common” to one person, might be exotic … Read more

2015-10-18 Mount Lemmon

Another journal entry: With the Samurai out of commission and waiting for its transmission, I found myself dependent on the kindness of loved ones for excursions. On this morning we all piled into the truck and headed up Mount Lemmon to have breakfast at a restaurant called “The Iron Door”. By reputation it is a … Read more

Endangered Greater Sage Grouse

The Greater Sage Grouse can be found surviving in open sage country, from the Great Basin and into the Rocky Mountain states. During breeding season, sage cocks, as the male birds are sometimes called, gather in grassy areas to posture and pose, hoping to attract mates. The sage cock is much smaller than a turkey, … Read more

2015-08-19 Saltworks and Shorebirds

Turn nesting is winding down now at the Saltworks, but the Snowy Plovers still have a few chicks, so there are sections in the southeast part of the reserve where care needed exercising to avoid harming the little fuzzballs. I petitioned to spend my time on the western perimeter, where the lighting is better than … Read more

2015-08-13 Santa Rosa Mountain

I’ve worked as a photographer with the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) since 2010 on a project called the San Jacinto Resurvey. The goal of this project is to follow an important study done 100 years ago by Joseph Grinnell, Harry Swarth, Walter Taylor, and Charles Richardson on the biology of the lands between the … Read more

2015-08-05 Saltworks

Having spent way too much time of late at the computer rebuilding my website, it was important that I get out to the field. Since Wednesday was a Saltworks day, I requested permission to join the team for a tour. Unlike last month’s tour, on this day the team consisted of three; Brian, Robert and … Read more

Blue Grosbeak (Bird Of The Day)

Introducing a new series Its been on my mind to recently that I could do a better job of bringing attention to some of the birds in my Bird Gallery. What I plan is a series that I will call “Bird For Today”. This is the first posting on this series. Many scientists consider the Blue Grosbeak … Read more