Birding Blog Archives

May 15th, 2016

Common Black Hawks in SE Arizona

It’s time we talked about the elephant in SE Arizona’s room – Common Black Hawks. Common Black Hawk […]

September 9th, 2014

Gull at Lake Cochise

I met New Jersey birder Daniel Brill at Santa Rita Lodge today, and he showed me a couple of photos of a ‘very large, dark-backed’ gull that he watched in flight at Lake Cochise on Monday 8 September. gull-Lake-Cochise-14-0908-02 […]

March 23rd, 2014
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How to... Identify a Distant Male Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher is a rare bird in the USA, only found in a handful of mid-elevation canyons in southeastern Arizona, and far from regularly. I got to see a pair of them today, in Florida Canyon. I located them by first hearing the call, which is just about diagnostic. Just for a bit of fun, the less-than-ideal views and poor photos I got of today’s male gave me an idea. Here’s a scenario in which you can identify a distant, non-calling Black-capped Gnatcatcher without seeing the all-important undertail… as long as it’s a breeding-plumaged male! Black-capped Gnatcatcher […]

February 12th, 2014
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Fun Birding Tours Newsletter, Feb 2014

Fun Birding News, Feb 2014My slightly less than monthly Fun Birding News is out now!

I hope you enjoy it. If you’d like to get regular (ish) updates from Fun Birding Tours, please sign up for my free newsletter by filling the little form in the top right corner of this page. […]