Sweet Morning at Sweetwater

This morning I had the pleasure to lead seven birders on a walk around Sweetwater Wetlands, one of the premier urban birding sites in the country (in my humble opinion). One of the first things we notices was the abundance of dragonflies on the wing.  We saw many Blue Dashers, Flame Skimmers, Blue-eyed Darners and […]

Five-striped Sparrow in Montosa Canyon

I made a quick trip this morning to Montosa Canyon on the western flank of the Santa Rita Mountians to search for the Five-striped Sparrows that have been present there for over a week. When I reached Montosa, I was greeted by Sam, who works for Arizona Game and Fish doing educational outreach, and Christy, who […]

The San Pedro and more Owling: Southwest Wings Part 2

The second half of the 2011 Southwest Wings Festival in Sierra Vista, started in a conference room of the Cochise College Library.  I gave a talk on Arizona’s mammals to a standing-room only crowd!  It was fun introducing visitors and residents alike to the diverse group of mammals that inhabit the Grand Canyon State.  Most of […]

Awesome Owling For Southwest Wings

The first two nights of owling trips for the 20th annual Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival have been resounding successes!  The birds have been spectacular and the participants enthusiastic. On Wednesday (August 3rd), we headed to Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca mountains.  Our first targets were Mexican Whip-poor-will and Whiskered Screech-Owl.  As we headed […]

AOU Changes, Part 2

In the first installment of this article, I highlighted the additions to the U.S. bird Checklist, based on accepted records of species not previously in the U.S. or its territorial waters.  In this article, I discuss the splitting of species found in the U.S., as well as the fairly significant changes in warbler taxonomy.  Let’s […]

AOU Changes, Part 1

In July the American Ornithologists Union (AOU) published the 52nd Supplement to the Checklist of North American Birds.  The AOU Checklist is the official list of birds occurring in the Western Hemisphere from Panama to Canada, including islands in the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands.  Most bird checklists are derived from, and generally follow, the […]

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