Sparrows Are Hard


More than once, WC and Mrs. WC – the real birder in the household – have stared at a Little Brown Job, the birder slang for a nondescript sparrow, with one or more field guides in hand, and ended up completely stumped on the identification. Sparrows are hard. To illustrate WC’s pont – and possibly…

Hawk Launch


Hawk diversity was a little thin on WC’s recent trip to southeast Arizona. But there were a lot of Red-tailed Hawks. Here’s a three second sequence of a Red-tailed launching after prey. The three photos represent 1.9 seconds of elapsed time. This hawk is a big bird, but he gets under way very quickly. It…