Puyallup TAS Trip

Today I met 18 local birders at Bradley Lake where after a brief orientation we headed off to DeCoursey Park, starting there because Bradley Lake was frozen completely over with zero waterfowl present. At DeCoursey we started at the playground area where we got oriented to several species of waterfowl including Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Read More…

Kenya Trip Report

I have decided to post a trip report from the Kenya birding safari Kay and I did from Nov. 8-23rd as our trip leader James Bradley is in the process of a quite detailed report on the birding aspects of the trip that will be far better than anything I could write. I’ll add a Read More…

Common Scoter

Today I finally had enough energy after our return from Kenya to trek to the Oregon coast for the continuing Common Scoter. It is just the second North American record of this species, the first also being south on the coast in California. We had a great group arranged, myself, Ken Brown, Bruce Labar, and Read More…

North Cascades Loop Day 1

Today Kay, Jean, Brett and I headed up I-5, across Hwy 2 and crossed Steven’s Pass to Leavenworth for the first stop on a 3 night road trip.  It is our first family road trip in years, and we are luxuriating in our first prolonged family time since Brett returned from Thailand.  The major event Read More…

ABC Great Gray Owl Trip Day #1

14 ABCers led by Ken Brown left the I-5/Hwy 512 Park and Ride at 7 AM today headed south for a few SW WA specialties enroute to La Grande, OR where we are hoping for Great Gray Owl at a nest box site tomorrow morning.  We drove straight to Balsh Rd, Lyle, WA where a Read More…

TAS Trip Today

Today I led a trip of 12 TAS birders, mostly ABC grads, to see what we could find in Pierce County on a spectacularly beautiful sunny day. After finding very little except the Queen Eider on the sound over the last 3 days I decided we’d try for fresh water and land birds. We met Read More…

Wrapping Up SE Arizona

Today was getaway day for Bruce and me from SE AZ and we made it a pleasant day of birding prior to our flight. Tucson does it right with their waste-water treatment. The Sweetwater Wetlands is a wonderful nature area associated with the STPs there. The wastewater is treated, filtered through an elaborate series of Read More…

A Rotarian at Kiwanis Park, Mesa,AZ

Today was a beautiful day in AZ. We had our 6 AM breakfast at the hotel, then off to Florida Canyon-lower to look for Black-capped gnatcatcher and Rufous-capped warbler. The BCGN are year round residents and we found them pretty easily once the sun came up and got things moving. Prior we found a pair Read More…

Day 3 AZ: No Lifers but a Great Day Afield

Today was another beautiful day, temps in the low 70’s with gusty 15 mph winds in the AM, less by PM. Our targets today were Montezuma Quail and Rufuous-capped warbler at Hunter Canyon and Plain-capped Starthroat at the Mendoza Alley stakeout in Patagonia. 0-3 on these but had a great day anyway. Hunter Canyon was Read More…