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April 28th, 2016
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Another SE Arizona Big Day

Last April I went out with David Chapman to do a ‘big day’, seeing and hearing as many species as possible in one day. We ended on 144 species, which was pretty good. Could we beat it this year? The weather forecast said no – it was going to be very windy, especially in the afternoon. Undeterred, we went for it anyway… Rufous-capped Warbler Elegant Trogon Whiskered Screech-Owl […]

April 30th, 2015
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SE Arizona Big Day

David Chapman wanted to experience a SE Arizona ‘Big Day’, so we went for it! Starting and ending in Patagonia, and without night birding, we found an impressive 144 species in a frantic dash across SE Arizona. Somehow we managed to miss European Starling! Thick-billed Kingbird […]

April 10th, 2015
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Birds of Fray Birdathon 2015

Malcolm Chesworth joined me for an all-English “Birds of Fray” Birdathon, to benefit Tucson Audubon Society. At the very last minute, just to be different, we decided to restrict our efforts to just Santa Cruz County, which turned out to be a really fun idea. We ended on 116 species, a very decent total considering we did it on the fly with no planning, we only birded from dawn to dusk with no night birding, and bearing in mind the early date (the peak time for birdathons will be in a couple of weeks), and our self-imposed habitat restriction (we didn’t see any shorebirds or egrets, or high elevation species). It’s not too late to sponsor me, and I’m still over $400 short of my goal, so all donations are appreciated! Please click here and throw in a few bucks. Thank you! White-throated Sparrow […]

August 13th, 2014
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Sky Islands Birding Cup

It was the 4th annual Sky Islands Birding Cup, a competition to see or hear the most species of birds in SE Arizona in 24 hours. Our team, this year called the Border Petrels, was made up of myself, Sara Pike, Tim Helentjaris and Jennie MacFarland. We were attempting to not finish second for the fourth year running! Red Crossbill […]