Tag Archive: nature

Tips for birders joining an organized tour

So, I had never been on an organized tour. Usually, Steve and I do what our birding neighbors and friends call “freelancing,” which is fancy for saying that we plan our locations and… Continue reading

Pressures of Ecuador

Act 1: The pressure to keep up It was 5:00 a.m. and the rain, warm as bathwater, was coming down hard and in giant drops. Thud, thud, thud, on my head, my shoulders,… Continue reading

Angry Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds would stick their beaks into the plastic flower on the feeder only to find nothing, and then fly away. Any minute someone was sure to bring the nectar.  First there was just… Continue reading

Come hell or high water: In search of the Torrent Duck

I don’t know how our guide Jose does it, but from his seat in the front of the minibus—as it’s moving at 60 km an hour up the mountain—he hollers, “Torrent Duck!” after… Continue reading

We’re at bird camp

There was a knock on the door. I could still hear it even though I had earplugs. I rolled over and looked at my iPhone and with my middle-aged vision barely made out… Continue reading

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