As we move into autumn, we may recall childhood memories of attending a fall harvest event. The activity of harvesting is as old as existence. Whether human or bird, there is an innate — almost urgent — need to both harvest and store food.
Birders in this modern age are blessed to have a lot of tools at our fingertips such as amazing optics and apps on our phones.
Earlier this month we drove to Provo, Utah, to attend graduation for our youngest son, Landon, from Brigham Young University. If you have ever been in a car with me, you know that time spent driving is time spent bird watching.
My column on hummingbirds last week resulted in a lot of feedback from readers.
The month of August is peak season for hummingbirds in the Central Arizona Highlands. Migration activity is in full swing for several hummingbird species, including Anna’s, black-chinned, rufous, broad-tailed, calliope, and on rare occasions broad-billed and Costa’s.
One of the perks of owning a backyard wild bird and nature gift store is the opportunity to attending birding and nature festivals as a vendor. I consider these opportunities as a “working vacation.”
This past week I had the privilege of spending three days at the corporate offices of Vortex Optics in Barneveld, Wisconsin.
On a regular basis, I receive emails requesting bird identification help. Sometimes these emails include an attachment with pictures.
Our abundant monsoon rains have been awesome! It is amazing how quickly everything greens up within just a few days of the first storm.
Last week we made our annual trip to Provo, Utah, for the Fourth of July to visit children, grandchildren, and extended family.