Jo Hays Vista – 469 Migrant Raptors Today!

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding, Migration, ResearchLeave a Comment

I got a late start today at Jo Hays Vista, but it didn’t matter because the valley was covered in a thick blanket of haze until about 3:40.  I arrived at 12:00, and I was joined by Chuck Widdman shortly after.  The wind was nonexistant, and local Turkey Vultures weren’t even flying around.  Monarchs just seemed to float in mid … Read More

Jo Hays Vista – Season Total Doubled!

Anna FasoliBird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Research2 Comments

Yesterday, I spent most of the day hawk watching at Jo Hays Vista hawk watch. While I didn’t get nearly as many raptors as Hawk Mountain (more than 1600!), I more than doubled Jo Hays season count.  This was mainly due to small kettles of Broad-winged Hawks that consistently came through between 1:00 and 2:00.  Kettles ranged in size from … Read More

White-eyed Vireo along the Lower Colorado River!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Field Work, General News and Info, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Research6 Comments

This morning, some of the other cuckoo researchers that I work with were attempting to capture one of our nesting cuckoos at our best cuckoo breeding site along the Lower Colorado River and accidentally captured a fantastic find for this area of the US; a White-eyed Vireo! The site they were at was on the Arizona side of the river in a … Read More

Goodbye Moorhen, Hello Gallinule

Drew WeberBird News, distribution, General News and Info, General Rant, Identification, Listing, Research, Science10 Comments

Sometimes I am okay with changes, other times I am a little hesitant to accept things, and sometimes I just downright cannot stand certain changes. This is especially true when it comes to birds. For instance, last years split of the Whip-poor-will into the ‘Eastern Whip-poor-will’ and the ‘Mexican Whip-poor-will’; this was a great split and made perfect sense given … Read More

Request for Photos of Birds with Bugs

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Conservation Issues, General News and Info, Photography, Research, Science1 Comment

Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is looking for good photos of birds carrying insects for a study he is doing in hopes of measuring the impact of invasive plants on insect prey available to birds. Here is what Dr. Tallamy is looking for in his own … Read More

First Few Days of Cuckoo Field Work

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Bird Sightings, Conservation Issues, Field Work, General News and Info, Photography, Research, Science1 Comment

Anna and I arrived in Blythe, California on the 14th and hit the ground running; the morning of the 15th we went to one of our most popular sites for cuckoos, the sites we call CVCA1 and CVCA 2 (CVCA = Cibola Valley Conservation Area). These sites border each other and create a rather large area of mass-planted willows and … Read More

Road Trip! – Boise, Idaho to Blythe, California

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, General News and Info, General Rant, Photography, Rarities, Research, Trip Reports1 Comment

On June 11th Anna and I began our road trip from Boise, Idaho to Blythe, California. On the first day of the trip we drove to Kanab, Utah and slept there for the night. In the morning we started driving towards the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. As soon as we crossed the border into Arizona the habitat looked … Read More

Idaho Highlights

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, Listing, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Research3 Comments

Anna and I have been working here in Idaho since April 4th. It has been a wonderful and bird-packed three and a half months, but now it must come to an end. On July 11th, Anna and I will begin our road trip down to Blythe, California, where we will be working for the remainder of the summer. For this … Read More

MAPS Banding at Lucky Peak 6/5/11

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Bird Sightings, distribution, General News and Info, Identification, Migration, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Research, Science3 Comments

This morning Idaho Bird Observatory had its first MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding session of the year up at Lucky Peak. The purpose of MAPS banding is to see what species are around and will breed in that area, as well as to see how many birds are returning from year to year. IBO has been doing MAPS banding … Read More

IBO Hummingbird Banding Demo

Alex LamoreauxBanding, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

This morning Jessica Pollock, Jay Carlisle, Heidi Ware, and I went up to Jennifer Alban’s famous front yard to do a hummingbird banding demonstration for some friends Jennifer had there. Jessica and Jay also wanted to see if Jennifer’s yard could also potentially be an official location they could band Calliope and Black-chinned Hummingbirds on a more regular basis for the … Read More