Birding high atop the canopy at Sacha Lodge

I was a little out of breath after climbing the metal stairs to the top of the 94-foot high tower. It was then when our guide Marcelo turned to us and asked, “You… Continue reading

It’s Elementary, my dear Hoatzin

Hoatzin. I just love saying it. You say it like it has a “W” in it. HWHATZIN! It’s odd looking. It makes a sound that reminded me of bagpipes filling up with air.… Continue reading

I held a hummingbird in my hand today

I held a hummingbird in my hand today. To hold such a tiny, beautiful creature was thrilling. It was as if time had stopped in my hand. There were over a hundred other… Continue reading

Birding Saguaro National Park and our final bird count

It was the last day in Southeast Arizona and all weekend all I could think about was Saguaro National Park. We had been there before and I was eager to return. I love… Continue reading

Birding at Whitewater Draw in Arizona

Where is the water? If there’s going to be Sandhill Cranes there has to be water. Let’s be honest, Arizona is pretty dry. So when I heard some birders talking to Steve the day… Continue reading

Wishing it was a Rufous-winged Sparrow doesn’t count

It generally goes something like this: “Is that a….wait a minute, I think it’s…could it be?” I have only been birding for six years now and it didn’t take me long to figure… Continue reading

Snow birding it for a weekend in Arizona

Of course, we knew it wasn’t the best time of year to go birding in Southeast Arizona. That would be during Spring migration, natch. But this is what it looks like in Salt… Continue reading

Learning patience while birding in Maui

The fog couldn’t make up its mind as it hovered Haleakalā National Park intermittently. It was there and then it wasn’t and it was frustrating me to no end. So we sat there… Continue reading

A Last Day at Antelope Island

I also posted this on my other blog, Baby Aspirin Years. I felt that it should live on both blogs. (Apologies if you subscribe to both.) It’s the last day of 2012. There… Continue reading

Finding birds on O’ahu, Hawaii

The first time I went to Hawaii with my husband, Steve (the true birder in the family), I thought we’d see loads of fantastic birds. Why wouldn’t we? It’s warm and tropical and… Continue reading