Joan Carson

BIRD WATCH: Liven up a long drive with birding

A LONG DRIVE awaits you if Spokane is your destination. Many travelers look upon this adventure as long and boring torture. I never have. Think… Continue reading

 

BIRD WATCH: Now is the time to look for migrating bird visits

THERE WAS NO doubt about it. One of the first fall migrants to visit the yard was a young one. The Hutton’s vireo looked like… Continue reading

 

BIRD WATCH: Spend energy wisely as summer turns to fall

A FEW DAYS ago, I heard several people talking about the “dog days of summer.” That reminded me of Nat King Cole’s “crazy, hazy days… Continue reading

 

BIRD WATCH: To avoid offense, give birds warning before a trip

THERE IS ONE question this column receives throughout the year but it is asked most frequently during the summer months and in the middle of… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Identifying Russian birds was no easy task

SOMETIMES, THE BIRDS we can’t identify are the most memorable. These are the ones we can never forget. On a recent trip to Russia, my… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: A Russian adventure begins

ONE HUNDRED AND twenty years ago, in 1898, my maternal grandparents left Russia. They traveled by rail from Saratov, Russia, to Hamburg, Germany. From there… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Birds are well aware of environmental changes

BIRDS ARE WELL aware of the changes that take place in their environment. They’re super-sensitive to what is happening or has happened on their home… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: When ducks are in trouble, men come to the rescue

BABY DUCKLINGS ARE very small. Their fluffy feathers are misleading and cover up the truth that a miniature creation is beneath them. Add this to… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Humdinger of a mystery

THE FIRST TIME this incident occurred, or more correctly that I witnessed it, I assumed it was a one-time thing and that a chickadee had… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Lots to see with this little bird

“Psaltriparus minimus” is quite a mouthful – especially when you consider it is a name that belongs to a very tiny bird. Hence “minimus.” Of… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Studying crows offers life lessons

CROWS TRIGGER VARIOUS human emotions as few other birds can. There are those of us who love them or hate them and everything else in… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Pacific-slope flycatcher are masters of camouflage

FEW BIRDS ARE as well camouflaged as those in the Empidonax Complex. Drab, greenish-gray plumage makes it possible for them to blend in with their… Continue reading

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