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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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The Hummingbirds of SaddleBrooke

Of SaddleBrooke’s many birds, probably the most fascinating are our hummingbirds. No other birds are so jewel-like, so tiny, so acrobatic or so aggressive. Hummingbirds can fly in ways no other birds can match: vertically, backwards and horizontally, as well … Continue reading

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