Birding Blog Archives

June 27th, 2011
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White Mountains: Scenery

Walnut-Creek-11-0624-15With all the forest closures we decided to stay in and around Pinetop-Lakeside. Woodland Lake Park was still open and offered access to the beautiful and productive Walnut Creek. I went back to Walnut Creek, and to the adjacent Big Springs Environmental Area, on several occasions. […]

June 21st, 2011
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St David TAS Field Trip

Vermilion-Flycatcher-St-David-11-0621-03We saw five adult MISSISSIPPI KITES together, in the same area I found them last year. From under tall, shady cottonwoods, we watched the kites wheeling around gracefully, interacting with one another. We added GRAY HAWK, a distant ZONE-TAILED HAWK and a close pair of SWAINSON’S HAWK, as well as BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, BRONZED COWBIRD and much more. […]

June 19th, 2011
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Sweetwater Wetlands

Common-Kingsnake-California-Sweetwater-11-0619-02The main highlights were reptilian. We found a snake, a six foot COMMON KINGSNAKE of the California Kingsnake variety. Unfortunately it didn’t hang around for many photos but it was nice to see. Amazingly, this was the first live snake I’d seen this year. Hopefully it won’t be the last. […]

June 12th, 2011
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June Fun Birding Workshop

Streak-backed-Oriole-Patagonia-Lake-Estates-11-0612-03We pulled up outside Alan’s house and, as luck would have it, the STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE flew in and landed briefly. We waited a while and over time got fantastic views of this gorgeous rare bird. We met top photographer Charles W. Melton, which is always a pleasure. As usual, Charles got the best photo. […]