Joan Carson

BIRD WATCH: Birds provide unexpected encounters

A RECENT PHOTO sent by email immediately grabbed my attention. The subject, a red-tailed hawk, isn’t an unusual photographic subject but this one was. It… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Young birds provide much entertainment

“THERE IT GOES again.” The phrase popped into my head when I spotted a towhee diving toward a large clump of sword ferns. I’d seen… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: A full yard is a delight to the eyes, ears

I BELIEVE IT is safe to say, “the gang’s all here.” Even though I haven’t seen any goldfinches yet, they have been reported. The only… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Spring brings about a welcome greeting

A MORNING GREETING, especially an unexpected one, can get your day off to a good start. Penny dog always starts our morning off with wiggles,… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: The sounds of spring provide backyard bliss

THIS IS THE time of the year when those words from a song in “Oklahoma” come to mind: “Spring is busting out all over.” You… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Taking the BART to a birder’s paradise

SAN FRANCISCO IS a big, busy and noisy city. Golden Gate Park plays a large role in keeping the citizens sane. It’s my favorite place… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: In the blink of an eye, spring bursts forth

and beware. Spring is going to bust out all over the place whether you are in residence or… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Learn your local birds’ songs

THE WEAKEST FEATURE in field guides is the description of a bird’s song or call. Trying to put into words what a bird’s song sounds… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Head to Grays Harbor for shorebird festival

LAST MONTH, WHEN noting the number of bird festivals that take place during the year, the shorebird celebration on Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, was… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Robins rocket along routine routes

THE FAMILIAR SAYING, “as the crow flies,” is no different than, “as the bird flies.” Simply said, it means “straight.” Bends in the road, hills… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Spring birds liven up yard activity

FEB. 28 IS the earliest date for returning rufous hummingbirds in my yard. That was a long time ago. They usually show up within the… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Yard birds lay claim to nesting spots

BY THE TIME the garden work gets serious, our resident birds have already chosen their nesting territory. One of the first to pair off and… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Insects on the menu for bushtits

THE “BOUNCING BUGS” are back. That’s good news for the bushtits and other insect-eating birds. Temperatures rose just enough to encourage a hatching. Small clouds… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Waterfowl, shorebirds mingle at Fort Flagler

BLACK AND WHITE was the uniform of the day at Fort Flagler State Park. Hundreds of black brant geese stretched along the shoreline looking very… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Bird festivals take place every month

TRY GOOGLING, “BIRDING Festivals 2018 Washington,” and the first website at the top of the page that pops up, will be http://wa.audubon.org/bird-festivals-0. The organization, Audubon… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Hummingbirds are not alone in craving sugar

THERE IT WAS again. Another plum tree blossom floated past the kitchen window. It’s started. It happens every spring. As more flowering fruit trees burst… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Watch for more signs of spring

WHEN LONGING FOR spring and warmer weather, I watch for any sign that encourages me to believe things are improving. There’s no ignoring the birds… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Pied-billed grebes are small masters of camouflage

THE NEAREST LAKE or pond usually offers the opportunity to see a common bird, but a secretive one. Pied-billed grebes are among the smallest members… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Bird houses need to be repaired now

VALENTINE’S DAY WAS like a newspaper deadline date. There might be a few chocolates left in the heart-shaped boxes and flower bouquets still look lovely,… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Bald eagle sighting brings book memories

THERE IS NO ignoring a bald eagle flying through the front yard. Even more attention-getting is two eagles heading for the neighbor’s tall fir tree.… Continue reading