Joan Carson

BIRD WATCH: What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually

A FRIEND SENT me a newspaper clipping recently. It was from a newspaper in Alabama and carried an article I found interesting. It was primarily… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Birds’ simple songs signal season’s start

WHAT DO ROBINS, meadowlarks, orange-crowned warblers and Swainson’s thrushes have in common? These are birds whose songs are permanently etched in my memory banks. There… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Look to the skies to see who’s on the wing

“THE VULTURES ARE coming!” That has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? At the least, it would make a good title for a science-fiction… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Spring winds provide easy power for migrant travelers overhead

MARCH WASN’T EXACTLY lamb-like when it was leaving, and I’m hoping April will forget about bringing showers. Not only was the month of March just… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Owls in toilets no laughing matter

HIKING AND TENT camping are not very tempting right now. The fact that you might drown in your tent isn’t very far-fetched, considering the amount… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Attacking male birds? Search for shiny objects

WELL, IT’S BEGUN. Despite all the rain and cold weather, the robins have determined that it is spring and time to start a family. First… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Newsletters give the skinny on whooping, sand cranes

A SHORT WHILE ago, one of my favorite newsletters arrived in the mail. This isn’t a monthly or even a bimonthly publication. “Grus Americana” is… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Swallows wing their way to Peninsula too early

THE SWALLOWS ARE supposed to return in March and April. Birds don’t always do what we expect them to do. Reports of swallow sightings began… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Tempers erupt among yard’s bushtits

DAYS ARE GETTING longer and temperatures are rising just a little. It won’t be long before the return of spring is in many creatures’ minds.… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: ‘Flicka-flicka-flicka’ heralds flicker’s house-hunting, mating

ONE OF THE most attractive and fascinating birds to visit our feeders is the Northern flicker. They’re big and handsomely marked. When a flicker lands… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: ‘Last chance’ for eagle viewing coincides with month of Valentine’s

VALENTINES AND EAGLES are a strange combination, but in February, thoughts of both are in many minds. Bald eagles are thinking about nesting. It won’t… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Anna’s make their nest in winter

at least among the hummingbirds. A male Anna’s hummingbird has been making his presence known… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: ‘Wisdom’ lives on in albatross colony

A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING from Huntsville, Ala., contained some unexpected surprises. A reader moved to that area last year and has been on the lookout for… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Taking a better look at cormorants

SOMETIMES IT FEELS like cormorants are birds that get overlooked. They aren’t small. They’re actually one of the largest birds on the water. Perhaps it… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Birds swoop into action as cold lingers but days lengthen

THE BEST PART of clear, cold winter weather is the bright sunshine and the lack of clouds or rain. That’s a given, but there is… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Bohemian waxwing sightings get 2017 off to a good start

CEDAR WAXWINGS ARE regular visitors and resident birds in Western Washington. They are unpredictable but they do show up at various times throughout the year.… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Waiting for the varied thrush once again

THIS FIRST COLUMN for 2017 was retrieved from past columns. This will be the 50th year of the column’s existence and looking back over five… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: ‘Tis the season for a Christmas walk

FOR MANY, CHRISTMAS is the season when cherished traditions envelop us. They make the season special. One of the more simple traditions is a Christmas… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Company for the holidays, both feathered and family

GUESTS DURING THE holidays can also be Christmas gifts, especially when one is a favorite cousin from Florida. A planned entertainment schedule isn’t needed, but… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Some standby gifts for bird lovers

THREE OLD STANDBYS top the list for gift-giving bird-watchers or hints for bird-watchers to drop. They also work as gifts to give when introducing someone… Continue reading