Monthly Archives: January 2011

W. G. Jones State Forest

Scott and I easily found several Red-cockaded Woodpecker today at W. G. Jones.  It is the easiest place in the world to find this endangered species and birders from all over the world seek it here on their way in … Continue reading

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Smith’s Longspur – rattle and all

Saw and heard a flock of 12 Smith’s Longspurs inside the restricted area of the Sooner Lake Power Plant.  When I mentioned in my last post my hearing problem, it should be known that I’m not totally defenseless. I do … Continue reading

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Sooner Lake, Oklahoma

It’s 4:50 AM and I’m wide awake in the Super 8 in Perry, OK. To say I’m excited is an understatement….but I’m also a tad nervous.  In two hours I’ll be searching for Smith’s Longspurs.  No big deal, right, there … Continue reading

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Editorial Note

You should now be able to download my year list by clicking on the header tab “Bird List” and downloading the zipped Excel spreadsheet.

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Texas on my mind

Tomorrow morning I leave on a two-week trip to Texas. Hope to make Perry, OK by evening, which will put me in a position to bird Sooner Lake on Friday morning, Jan 14. My target bird there is, of course, … Continue reading

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Summary of the California/Arizona trip

Bill and I had a great time and added 106 birds to my year count. However, the purpose of the trip was to add rarities and on that account we were pretty successful. We did miss the Eurasian Wigeons at … Continue reading

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Thrasher Bootcamp

After working the Gilbert Water Ranch, we headed over to the Phoenix South Mountain Park. Bill had heard that Bendire’s Thrashers could be found near the horse stables and sure enough we soon located two thrashers. The question was which … Continue reading

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The Gilbert Water Ranch- Jan 7, 2011

The star of the day was the Gilbert Water Ranch and not just because of the two Ruddy Ground-Doves we easily located. #178 for the year and the third Category 4 or higher bird of the year (photo by Barbara … Continue reading

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Dog Tired In Phoenix

I’m tired.  We’ve done nothing but bird and drive for the last three days.  Thick-billed Kingbird in Chula Vista, Bean Goose at the Salton Sea and Rufous-backed Robins (2) in Patagonia are the best highlights, but there have been many.  … Continue reading

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Sunny and 60 deg F outside

Got off the plane to San Diego at 8:0 AM and we were birding the San Diego R. mouth by 9:30 AM. We missed the Eurasian Widgeon but enjoyed the warm sun and added plenty of new year birds. Thanks … Continue reading

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