Bath Time for a Hot Date


You can be pretty certain you’re not disturbing a bird when it is unworried enough to bathe where it fills the frame of your camera. This male Wilson’s Phalarope – remember among Phalaropes the male is the drab one – took a long, unhurried and very thorough bath about ten feet from WC. Centennial Marsh,…

Western Tanager Male, Boise, Idaho

Yardbirds: May 2017


WC has had some fun birds in the backyard this month. And even was able to photograph a few. The photos are all taken through windows, and as a result aren’t really very good. But they are adequate to document what’s been around.       In more than 20 years of birding in Alaska,…

Yellow-rumped Warbler Dealing with the Snow, Malheur NWR

Late Spring Snow


A late spring snow can happen in the high desert of Harney Basin any year. It certainly did in 2017. Happily, WC and Mrs. WC had seen the weather forecast and had come prepared for the possibility: winter sleeping bags, the heavier tent, layers of fleece. The critters of the high desert, unhappily, do not…

Saturday morning, May 13, 2017; Page Spring Campground

Bird Break: Malheur May 2017


WC and Mrs. WC spent a couple of days at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, south of Burns, Oregon. We camped at Page Springs Campground, at the far southern end of the Refuge. There were some challenges, including a couple inches of snow over Friday night, and a couple of hailstorms on Saturday evening that sent…

Brewer’s Blackbird Dating Tips


Ah, Spring! when a male Brewer’s Blackbird’s thought turn to romance. But how to get the lady’s attention? Bryant, a skilled Brewer’s Blackbird courtship specialist, offers the following tips. As the female starts to approach, position yourself so your greenish sheen is shown off to best advantage, and then flare your tail. As she gets…

California Quail, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Uptown Quail


WC doesn’t even like Billy Joel, but for some reason the song comes to mind with this bird. WC spent the last three days on a birding trip to Malheur. Photos were taken. Blog posts will follow. For now, it’s late and WC needs to catch up on his sleep.