Friday, October 18, 2019

Prairie Warbler

Taking a break from the Blog series on my new book, Christine and I went to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge to try and find the reported Prairie Warbler.

This was the 12th reported sighting for Arizona since reporting began umpteen years ago. 

Chasing a single bird seems pretty much impossible. Think about it. It isn't a flock of a particular rare bird. Not even a pair. It is a single bird. In this case, a 4.75 inch bird that is constantly in thick trees. One thing I learned early on in my "photo birding career" is that birds have wings -- and they are not afraid to use them. You could be looking at a bird and then a moment later it is gone. So imagine going to that same spot two or three days later hoping it is still around. That seems like a "fools errand." But, as luck would have it, sometimes chasing birds works. In terms of rare warblers, it has worked for me in chasing Prothonotary Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, Palm Warbler, Rufous Capped Warbler, and Yellow-throated Warbler. All of whom are rare to Arizona. 

Here are some photos then of the Prairie Warlber:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


For the Ducks I'll take a few at a time:

American Wigeon Female

American Wigeon Male

Barrows Goldeneye Male and Female

Black Bellied Whistling Duck

Blue Winged Teal


Monday, October 14, 2019


Continuing with Mergansers:

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser Male

Common Merganser Female

Common Merganser Male and Female

Saturday, October 12, 2019


Continuing with Coots:

American Coot

Common Gallinule

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Chickadee, Bushtit, Titmouse, Verdin

Continuing with Chapters from my new book, Birds of the Western United States, we come to Chickadee, Bushtit, Titmouse, and Verdin:

Bridled Titmouse


Mountain Chickadee




Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Continuing with Tanagers:

Western Tanager Male

Western Tanager Female

Western Tanager Juvenile Male

Summer Tanager Male

Summer Tanager Female

Hepatic Tanager Male

Hepatic Tanager Female

Sunday, October 6, 2019


Continuing with Buntings:

Varied Bunting

Lazuli Bunting Male

Lazuli Bunting Female

Lark Bunting Male

Lake Bunting Female