Birding Blog Archives

December 31st, 2008

2008 summary

Well, that’s the end of another year. Mostly for my own benefit, here are my current birding lists as they stand:

USA: 406 Arizona: 338 Arizona Found: 290 Arizona 2008: 250

So 2008 was my most productive birding year in Arizona, beating my previous best of 229. Feeble. If I make any kind of an […]

December 21st, 2008
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Tucson CBC

The last CBC of the season for me. I took the same area of foothills in northwest Tucson for the fourth year, roughly bounded by Orange Grove to the south, Magee to the north, Oracle to the west and Skyline to the east. As with my Elfrida and Patagonia counts this year, my area in […]

December 20th, 2008
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Pacific Loon

Another day, another quick stop for a new AZ bird in Tucson. But before I even had a chance to look on the lake at Lakeside Park, I couldn’t help but notice a fine Osprey wheeling overhead.

The Pacific Loon was easy enough to find and was showing itself nicely, quite close inshore.

A Common […]

December 15th, 2008

Elfrida CBC

Staying at the Stronghold made getting to Elfrida by 7am considerably easier than usual. I was partnered with two previous CBC friends, Frank Baker and Lainie Epstein, and we were allocated the southeastern quadrant of the count. The day started brightly with lots of Sandhill Cranes and a small group of Snow Geese, including one […]