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2020-11-16 Monday at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The morning at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum started off slow. I like to hike to the top of the property where there is a pond called Ayers Lake. On the walk to the pond, I saw very little in the way of passerines along the trail. When I got to the lake, I found a … Read more

2020-03-07: Bird Adventures In Big Bend

Prologue The Texas adventure I dreamed about for years, began in California, but passed through Arizona and New Mexico before reaching the promised land. Preparations for my journey began in early February by researching destinations, reaching out to Texas birders, and acquiring books and maps. Finally, on Friday February 21, I hit the road. I … Read more

2012-03-24 Borrego Springs Hawk Watch

Swainson’s Hawks are long-distance migrants. They spend winters in Argentina, but travel to Western North America to breed. Until 2003 it was believed that all Swainson’s Hawk migration was through Texas and the mid-west, but Hal Cohen, a recent migrant from the mid-west himself, was studying Turkey Vulture movements through Borrego Springs and discovered these … Read more

2013-06-06 Clark Dry Lake (Thrashers At Last!)

My adventures this Thursday included visits to Clark Dry Lake and the Anza-Borrego State Park Visitor Center, west of Borrego Springs, California in San Diego County. I made several excursions earlier in the season hoping to meet the Le Conte’s Thrasher. These birds dwell in some of the most inhospitable terrain found in our deserts. … Read more

2013-04-27 Borrego’s Clark Dry Lake Birds

I made several fruitless thrasher hunts during the first half of 2013, and while I failed to locate the Le Conte’s Thrashers I had hoped for on these trips, I enjoyed company of the birds that more readily gave themselves to me. This Saturday expedition into the desert at Clark Dry Lake in the Anza-Borrego … Read more

2014-11-30 Poe Road Passerines

My past stops at Poe Road on the southwestern shore of the Salton Sea have yielded worthwhile bird encounters. On this visit at the end of November 2014, I focused on birds at the edge the thick mesquite thickets several hundred yards from the current shore of the receding sea. In October 2011,  I spent … Read more

2014 November Bullhead City Attractions

Bullhead City Arizona sits on the Colorado River below Davis Dam and across the river from Laughlin Nevada. I have friends there whom I enjoy visiting occasionally. Havasu National Wildlife Reserve covers a wide swath of river valley stretching north from Lake Havasu to a few miles south of Bullhead City. During past visits with … Read more

2014-11-25 Bill Williams NWR

The Bill Williams River flows west out of central Arizona and joins the Colorado River at Lake Havasu near Parker Dam. Planet Ranch Road leaves Highway US-95 south of Bill Williams River and follows the valley east 2½ miles where a barricade prevents any vehicles from advancing, but the route continues for those willing to … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2016-11-29 Tuesday At Cottonwood Spring

Some of you may recall I stayed at this location at the end of September with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum. It was my first serious session photographing in the “Rat Theater“. I was so preoccupied with my rodent subjects, I neglected some birds that were at the springs. I … Read more