Last week, I was in Yuma participating in a Prescott Audubon Society bird watching trip prior to the big snow storm hitting Prescott.
Last week, I wrote in my column that I hadn’t seen any hummers at the feeders yet.
The title for my column last week was, “Are the hummers back?” I received many comments on my column, including the following funny story from one of our customers on the very day my column was published in The Daily Courier.
Over the past month or two, there have been several reports of Lawrence’s goldfinches in the Verde Valley and in the Prescott area.
There are three important local conservation efforts running concurrently—the Save the Dells campaign, the Ecosa Institute’s Forever Dells campaign, and the “It’s for the Birds!” campaign.
In all the years I have lived in Prescott I don’t remember an October as cool and as wet as this year.
Last week I worked in Sedona for several days, and I went birding three consecutive mornings at the Sedona Wetlands Preserve. While I have been writing about fall migratory birds arriving, I hadn’t actually been out birding for a few weeks. It was fascinating to see first-hand that our fall birds are back!
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.
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.
Last week we made our annual trip to Provo, Utah, for the Fourth of July to visit children, grandchildren, and extended family.
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.
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.
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.