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A Presumptive Rufous-capped Warbler X Common Yellowthroat Hybrid at Chalk Bluff Park, Texas.

Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) is a widespread warbler species ranging from the southern fringe of the US to the northernmost bits of South America. Within that extensive range, populations form distinct subspecies groups. Northern birds (such as the ones that … Continue reading

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A Little Plane Spotting

Those who know me really well know that in addition to my interest in birds, I’ve had a life long fascination with planes.  In fact, I learned how to use binoculars not by looking at birds, but by looking at … Continue reading

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A Nutting’s Flycatcher in Arizona

On January 17, 2012 I ventured back out to the Colorado River, Bill Williams Delta to look again for the Nutting’s Flycatcher first discovered by David Vander Pluym and Lauren Harter back in December. This time around I heard it … Continue reading

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Cluck and You

Welcoming the new year, I’ve been listening around for new music. Thanks to the NPR Music iPhone App and WNYC’s Spinning On Air, I’ve been introduced to the music of Diane Cluck. She describes herself as an intuitive folk artist, … Continue reading

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Brewer’s Duck

This morning I went birding at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson. While scanning through a bunch of ducks in search of a female Eurasian Wigeon, I found an interesting hybrid duck hanging out with some Gadwall. It was a combination I’d … Continue reading

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Steven Wilson in Concert

This past week, I took a rare vacation to Chicago to see one of my favorite music artists in concert. Steven Wilson is the front man and musical kingpin for the group Porcupine Tree. Far from mainstream, Steven Wilson makes … Continue reading

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Hard Travel – A Flight From Hell

It’s happened to all of us at some point. Last night, I got stuck on a Southwest flight with some really loud, self-absorbed passengers. Listen to this recording of just a few of the highlights from this late night flight … Continue reading

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Glendale Gull

On November 9th, Tommy DeBardeleben found a young gull at the Glendale Recharge Ponds west of Phoenix that he initially took to be an odd Herring Gull. Sensing that something was odd, he sent photos around to others for opinion, … Continue reading

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Solace Bird

  I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Australia.  While I am fortunate to get to visit there each year, it had been a few years since I had done the northern and eastern sections where there were still … Continue reading

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The summer of Amphispiza quinquestriata

It seems that Arizona always has a few surprises in store for birders.  For the past 25 years or so, California Gulch and adjacent Sycamore Canyon have been the traditional sites to track down the extremely localized Five-striped Sparrow in … Continue reading

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