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Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 3d ago

Massive Berserker Post

Although we are now in Ross's Goose season, this was a bird of spring. With a dent in its head for some reason, but more importantly, a bird from last spring. As you can guess, I have much b...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2W ago

Mojave National Preserve Part 3: Ivanpah Road, Quality Snake Time, Sunbonnets

Finally, we have arrived at the final installment of the Mojave National Preserve trip. I've already prattled on about the preserve and most of the specialty birds, so let's kick it off with...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2W ago

Updates From A Yardbirding Empire

Earlier in the summer Band-tailed Pigeons would come feed in the yard on the reg, but for the past couple of months they have been usually observed as flyovers. This crisp, freshly-baked juv...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 3W ago

Introducing Smith's Flycatcher or Double Bear Attack At Moonglow

I was somewhere far from most other places. Modoc County, California, is the northeasternmost county in the state. It is home to just 9,000 people; for comparison, my current home county of ...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

Mojave National Preserve Part 2: The Binoculars In The Stone, Two (!) State Birds

The night after the thrasher gods (who resemble a cross between cactus and sagebrush) smiled upon me, I scoured eBird/satellite imagery to find some potential areas to track down Gilded Flic...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

Mojave National Preserve Part 1: The Pilgrimage, The Relifer, The Desert Blooms

For those of you without kids, yes, having a baby is as hard as you think it is. However, there are upsides. One of the big perks earlier this year was taking a long leave from work when Ann...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

The Serpentine Sparrow, The Frog of The Falls

At the end of March, Billy and I were growing bolder about where we would take Annabelle, as she was a couple of months old and seemed like a fairly robust little creature, at least compared...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2M ago

The Human Birdwatcher Project Presents: How To Chase a Rarity

I've seen only three Yellow-throated Warblers in California. All were wonderful, and all found by other people. I used a nominal amount of wit, cunning and persistence to find them. But what...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2M ago

A Victory For BB&B, A Victory for eBirders!

"The flagging privilege is strong in my family. My father had it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too." - Luke SkywalkerThat's how that scene went in Return Of The Jedi, rig...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2M ago

Dynasty!!!

You may recall the news I broke to you at the beginning of June...the news that I Am Yardbirder. What has happened at Rancho Del Bastardos since then? A little and a lot. I'm here every day,...