Wild bird migration can take on many forms. In the northern hemisphere, it typically involves moving from south to north in the spring, and then reversing the pattern in the fall.
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.
Each day I receive rare bird email alert notifications reporting rare bird sightings by fellow birders in Yavapai County.
I was in Kansas City, Missouri, last week for training at Hallmark’s corporate offices. As you might imagine, I took my binoculars with me in anticipation of having some free time to squeeze in a little bird watching.
The importance of sharing rare and unusual bird sightings This past week, we had a surprise visitor to our yard — a male northern cardinal.
This time of year, a topic frequently discussed at the Bird Barn is wild bird nesting behavior.
This past week, my wife, Gayla, and I visited our son Merritt and his family in Renton, Washington.
I managed to get out and do a little birding during the Memorial Day weekend.
Ever since the Verde Valley Birding Festival almost a month ago, I have been itching to get back out birding.
Several years ago, at a speaking engagement, when I was explaining — yet again — the origin of the name of my business, Jay’s Bird Barn, a smart aleck in the audience asked if all of my children had bird names.
Two weeks ago, I spent four days along the Verde River, where it runs through Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.
This past week was the annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.
This past Sunday, as I was sitting out in my yard, I saw a Cooper’s hawk swoop into our bird-feeding area.
In hiking different segments of the Prescott Circle Trail over the last few weeks, I have had several interesting bird sightings.
This past week I had several speaking engagements — at the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs in Phoenix, the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) program at the Yavapai College campus in Prescott, and a Native Plant Workshop in Sedona.
This past week I led a Jay’s Bird Barn-sponsored bird walk to one of my favorite birding destinations in Arizona — Date Creek Ranch.
This past week, the hummingbirds in my yard managed to drain the feeders in less than one week’s time.
The calendar shows that it is officially spring! This means it is time to prepare for spring migration.
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.