The Big Yard

Ken Lamberton
Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
Created 08 Jan 2021
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  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    09 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 6 4
    The Mexican Long-tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana) is one of two nectar-feeding bats that arrive in the yard in later summer. Day 502 of the Pandemic (August 2, 2021) The grape harvest is a bust a...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    05 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 4 6
    Red-tailed Hawks are probably the most commonly seen hawk in the US, often conspicuously perched on roadside power poles. Day 500 of the Pandemic (July 31, 2021) Five hundred days should feel like a m...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    02 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 2
    Day 495 of the Pandemic (July 26, 2021) Monday morning, I leave for a week of camping and fishing at the East Fork of the Black River near Alpine in eastern Arizona. Just me. My friend and hiking comp...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    29 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 5 4
    Day 494 of the Pandemic (July 25, 2021) July is breaking records for monsoon rainfall, across the Southwest and Arizona and in my yard. We’re closing in on ten inches for the season. This time of year...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    26 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 8 9
    The Big Yard’s first nesting Violet-crowned Hummingbird, a rare occurrence anywhere in the US. Day 489 of the Pandemic (July 20, 2021) Covid numbers are on the rise again, the majority of cases (90 pe...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    22 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 9 10
    A Pygmy Nuthatch looks out from a ponderosa pine near Flagstaff, Arizona, where it is common and usually found with mixed flocks of songbirds like chickadees, warblers, and kinglets. Day 481 of the Pa...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    19 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 3 9
    Day 473 of the Pandemic (July 4, 2021) Four days of monsoon weather have finally dumped more than two inches of rain on the yard. I can hear the leafless oaks grown. A hundred yards from my front door...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    15 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 5 4
    A Slate-colored Junco at the Covid fountain, one of the many oddballs for the yard’s birds in June. Day 469 of the Pandemic (June 30, 2021) The yard list stands at 90 bird species for the month, not a...
  • The Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    12 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 2 2
    A Yellow-billed Cuckoo made its first appearance in the yard on June 22, 2010, as Yard Bird #58. Day 464 of the Pandemic (June 25, 2021) After more than a decade, a second yellow-billed cuckoo visits ...
  • Th Big Yard: Birdwatching in a Time of Quarantine
    08 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 5 4
    A Black-throated Sparrow steps through from the Quantum Realm at the Covid Fountain. Day 455 of the Pandemic (June 16, 2021) If you speak the name, it will appear. A new addition to my quantum bird th...
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