When you think of Las Vegas, bird watching may not be one of the first things that comes to mind.
Our last few days in Costa Rica involved more travel time and less birding.
Leaving the central, high-elevation volcanic region of Costa Rica, we headed east over the Continental Divide and entered the Caribbean lowland habitat.
The Jay’s Bird Barn/Prescott Audubon tour of Costa Rica began on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and I arrived two days earlier to do some birding on my own.
Last week I wrote about my experience seeing a snowy owl in Odessa, Texas.
I usually divide our customers into two categories — those whom I affectionately refer to as ‘casual backyard birders,’ and those whom I call ‘field birders.’
One of the most abundant bird species in the West is the common raven.
The winter storm we had this past weekend provoked a flurry of emails from customers concerned for the hummingbirds in their yards.
This week, I received an email from a customer with the following statement in the subject line, “The bees are back.”
This past Saturday, I drove for almost two hours to reach my birding destination—a cattle tank in the Santa Maria Mountains, northwest of Prescott.
Last week I wrote about my experience birding in the Granite Basin area as part of the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
Last week I participated in the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
Earlier this week, I took the Jay’s Birds Barn truck down to Mesa for service.
Over the last several months, I have been working on creating a new bird feeding area in my yard—moving it from the back to the front yard.
As the weeks pass by, and our weather continues to be unseasonably warm and dry, I can’t help but think how much we need precipitation in any form—rain or snow.
Greetings from Renton, Washington, just south of Seattle!
This past week I led a Jay’s Bird Barn sponsored field trip to Gilbert Water Ranch.
This past Saturday I spent several hours doing yard work, and in the process saw bees, wasps and several species of butterflies.
Greetings from the Town of Herndon, Virginia, located in Fairfax County. For the past week, Gayla and I have been visiting our son, Jeremy, and his little family as we welcomed granddaughter number three — Virginia.
This past week we tallied the votes for our annual wild bird photo contest at all three store locations, and it was interesting to see the results.
On Tuesday of this week, I had a speaking engagement in Phoenix for the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs at the Valley Garden Center, located less than a mile from the State Fairgrounds.
Early Monday morning as I was driving to Flagstaff for work, I received a phone call making me aware of a rare bird sighting at Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff.
Weather-wise, I think October is my favorite month of the year.
We live in a day and age where there is a lot of pessimism, and a lot of bad news.
It is not uncommon for birding and nature festivals in Arizona to offer field trips where you can go birding on a bike, or on a bronco or by kayak.
In sports there is an expression of how important it is to “show up.” When it comes to wildlife observation, probably the most critical skill is to be observant.
This has been a busy week for me with five speaking engagements.
When referencing field guides it is not uncommon to see wild bird species divided into subspecies, which are frequently referred to as “races.”
As fall approaches, it is only a matter of weeks before some of our winter residents begin showing up — white-crowned sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and yellow-rumped warblers.
At Jay’s Bird Barn, we get feedback every day from customers on the bird activity they are seeing in their yards.
Last week I was in Provo, Utah, for a few days and had the opportunity to go bird watching at Utah Lake early one morning.
This past week, I spent four days in Sierra Vista attending the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival.
I enjoyed participating in the Sedona Hummingbird Festival this past week, and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of hummingbirds this week at the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista.
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is this weekend at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at Sedona Red Rock High School.
If April showers bring May flowers, what do our summer monsoon rains bring?
I saw a northern mockingbird in Prescott Valley earlier this week by the YEI! Antelope Point facility where our birdseed ingredients are stored.
This past week I was in Tucson for a few days enjoying a sibling reunion with my four sisters.
Our home sits on a short cul-de-sac just off of Rosser Street. We have a very large ponderosa pine tree in our yard, which is quite unusual, as there are very few ponderosas in our neighborhood.
I have a friend who has been monitoring a hummingbird nest he discovered only a few feet off of the main trail at Lynx Lake
The sudden arrival of summer-like weather has brought to mind the importance of water for wild birds.
On Sunday, May 7, we found a tiny dead baby quail in our front yard.
Saturday, May 6th, Team Jay’s Bird Barn set out at 5:00 a.m. to begin our Bird-a-thon.
I spent four days this past week at Dead Horse Ranch State Park participating in the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.
This past week, one of our employees led a free Jay’s Bird Barn bird walk to Stricklin Park and Thumb Butte.
The annual Prescott Audubon Society Birdathon will take place the first week of May.
As spring progresses, migration activity continues to pick up. Already I am receiving reports from customers here in Prescott who are seeing orioles at their feeders.
After writing last week’s column, I had three more days of birding left in the Wickenburg area, resulting in a variety of additional bird observations — some of which we did not see the previous week.
In last week’s column I wrote about the first two days of last week’s Road Scholar birding program that I am leading for Northern Arizona University.
Time flies when you are having fun bird watching!
For most people, there are reoccurring events in nature that serve as symbols for the arrival of spring.