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Birding the East Coast in Summer

If you are an Arizona grandparent with grandkids graduating in Virginia and Connecticut in the summer, you go.  If you are a birder, you take your binoculars.  We just returned from such a trip, visiting family, celebrating graduations and touring … Continue reading

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Are Playback Apps Good or Bad for Birding?

I would guess there are few people around unfamiliar with apps, but if you’re one of them, here’s a quick explanation:  Apps, short for ‘mobile application software’, are clever little programs you can download (often for free) onto your iPhone, … Continue reading

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Our Most Common ‘Snowbird’, the White-crowned Sparrow

We commonly think of migrating birds as those who leave their winter homes in Mexico and other warmer climates to fly north each spring to nest, either summering in our neighborhood (Hooded Orioles and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, for example), or passing … Continue reading

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Birding Peppersauce Canyon near Oracle, Arizona

For a birder, one of the joys of living in SaddleBrooke is the incredible diversity of nearby birding sites. Sweetwater, a waste water reclamation area practically in downtown Tucson, is rich with ducks, shorebirds, migrants and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Just fifteen … Continue reading

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Wings Over Willcox and other Arizona Birding Festivals

Arizona is well known as one of the best places in the United States to look for birds, ranking in the top three according to an article published in USA Today.  The article quoted a U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey … Continue reading

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The Sapsucker, a Hummingbird’s Best Friend?

If you think ‘woodpecker’ is a funny name for a bird, how would you like to be called a ‘sapsucker’?  Like Rodney Dangerfield, the Picidae family just gets no respect.  There are 22 members of this family in North America, … Continue reading

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Summit County’s Summer Hummers

The eastern half of the U.S. rarely sees but a single hummingbird, the Ruby-throated.  This Mexican resident comes north to nest, braving the Gulf of Mexico during both its spring arrival and fall return.  Similarly, Summit County is home to … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Binoculars for Birding

  When I first realized how much I enjoyed birding, I knew I needed some new binoculars.  I owned a pair of Bushnell porro prism binoculars at the time.  Porro prisms are the ones that have a ‘z-shaped’ optical path, … Continue reading

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Male Hummingbirds: Playboys of the Bird World

Many of our birds, like the Curve-billed Thrasher, are monogamous.  Happily mated for life, these birds work together.  They build their nests jointly, hang out together and share parental responsibilities, like incubating, feeding and fledging their young.  They don’t flirt, … Continue reading

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

In spite of my obsession with birds, my true love never gave me a partridge in a pear tree or, for that matter, any of the other five birds mentioned in that old English Christmas carol. Even if you’re not … Continue reading

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