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 […]

Southwest Wings California Gulch Trip Report

As I have done for the past couple of years, I kicked off the Southwest Wings Festival with an overnight trip to California Gulch.  I was joined by birders from California, Kentucky, Washington, and Tennessee. We left Cochise College on a beautiful summer morning with high expectations and equally high spirits. Our first stop was […]

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 […]

Madera Madness

It had been a couple of weeks since I had headed into beautiful Madera Canyon.  This morning I decided to change that.  It didn’t hurt that a rare stray bird, Aztec Thrush, was being seen in the canyon.  So, eager in anticipation, I headed out. I drove to the upper parking area and hiked up […]

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 […]

Agua Caliente and Mt. Lemmon

This morning I decided to do some birding.  So, hit a couple of spots that I hadn’t visited in awhile to see what was around.  The weather was perfect and the birding was outstanding. My first stop was Agua Caliente Park on the northeast side of Tucson.  In the area between the parking lot and […]

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