Spotted Owl

The Spotted Owl is a bird I had been trying to locate unsuccessfully for at least 4 or 5 years. The main reason being their numbers have decreased dramatically, so tracking one down is like finding a needle in a haystack. Additionally, they're of significant conservation concern and prone to disturbance, so nobody really shares known locations of these guys. Well, finally the opportunity presented itself thanks to some intel from a friend. I didn't have to travel far, he was hanging out in the San Bernardino National Forest. What a fantastic experience!

Green Hermit

Near La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Black-throated Sparrow

I really enjoy going out into the Mojave desert and hanging out with these guys. They have a fun song and let you get quite close!

Least Bell's Vireo

Broad-billed Hummingbird

One of my favorite hummingbirds that can be seen in the US. These guys are very abundant in the Madera Canyon area of Arizona during the summer.

Crested Caracara

One of the many new birds I saw on my trip to Southeastern Arizona this winter.

Costa's Hummingbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

A tiny bird with a big personality

Mountain Chickadee

It's hard to go wrong with a Chickadee!

Olive-backed Sunbird

One of the many brightly colored birds in Queensland.

Double-eyed Fig Parrot

One of my favorite birds from North Queensland. A parrot that isn't much larger than a sparrow!

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatchers are usually in the desert, including the Mojave and areas such as Joshua Tree National Park, but this individual I found in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest, definitely on the edge of its normal range.

Coot

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Here's a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, one of fun little the desert birds we have around here. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas season, and as we start thinking about our resolutions for 2018, let us not forget the plan God has for us. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

Rock Wren

Happy Sabbath! This is an appropriately named Rock Wren, which is most often found amongst rocks. Who is your rock? King David wrote: "Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress." - Psalm 71:3