Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hitting a Big Speed-Bump!

As written in the title I have hit a speed-bump in my blogging. Luckily I have finally gotten past the bump, but I am now catching up on my past birding posts. So I am putting my highlight photos from January and late December (out of my patch)  in this post.
On December 23rd I did a Christmas Bird Count with Mr. Troy Corman at Tres Rios. Out of the many highlights, I photographed these two awesome birds.
Chestnut-sided Warbler--Lifer!

White-throated Sparrow --one of two
On New Years Day I had an awesome morning of birding at Lake Pleasant with Mr. John Kafel. I got three lifers that morning, they were Common Loon, Black Scoter (2), and a White-winged Scoter.
I wonder which one's the White-winged?

Male Black Scoter--note the orange is starting to appear on the bill

Female left, male right

White-winged Scoter

My next amazing day of birding was on the 21st when Mr. Tommy Debardeleben and I joined forces to bird at the world renowned Thrasher Spot  as well as the Arlington area and my Patch. Here are some of the photos from the trip.
Bell's Sparrow--note that the maler is darker than its face
Sagebrush Sparrow--note that its maler is the same color as its face
LeConte's Thrasher


Bendire's Thrasher
Crissal Thrasher
 Sage Thrasher
 On January 31st I was supposed to lead a birdwalk to the Arlington and Buckeye areas, but due to a possibility of rain that day no one wanted to come. That all changed when I got an E-mail from Mr. Gordon Karre, that he would still like to do the walk, and so would Ms. Susan Fishburn, Ms. Babs Buck, and Ms. Barbara Meding. Once I got this E-mail I was pumped! So on the 31st I went birding with some fun people and had a fun time. Although the lighting wasn't good I was able to snap a couple of decent shots.
Burrowing Owl
Peregrine Falcon
You can expect some more old posts in the near future, but hopefully I will be caught up soon. 


  1. You have the best and most legitimate reason for not posting in awhile--all those great birds you've been finding! Keep up the good work!

    Great BUOW shot and thanks for the easy tip on separating Bell's and Sagebrush Sparrows.

    1. Thanks Mr. Josh! My blog actually wasn't letting me post photos on it, and like you pointed out, I was seeing a lot of nice birds.

      After a bit of experience with Sage Sparrows it can be quite easy telling them apart.

  2. Nice work!!! Pretty fun bird hunts over the past several weeks. I would love to see those longspurs you have been counting around your area! I have yet to see both of those. Hope you're having a good week.

    1. Thanks Mr. Chris! Unfortunately the longspurs aren't here anymore, sorry :( But if I find them next winter I will make sure you are one of the first people that I tell. You have a great week too!!!