This past spring I traveled to Arcata California for some birdwatching in the Pacific Northwest. In Arcata, they have a bird festival in April called Godwit Days that I could not attend. Nonetheless, I thought it might be an interesting time and place for birding. The local Audubon Society says birding is at its best from winter through early May. You’ll find songbirds in spring through fall, shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl in the cooler months of October through April, and raptors year round. As predicted, April was not a particularly good time for water birds, although there were songbirds and plenty of spring flowers. Nearly 500 species of birds have been found in Humboldt County; many of these species are unique to Humboldt County. Fortunately I was able to secure Rob Fowler as a guide to the birding areas around Arcata. He knew when and where to look and made most of the following pictures possible. I suspect I will return in a different season to see a different set of birds and of course to see the beautiful scenery in a different light.
Some of you, long standing readers of the blog, since my trip to Africa may have noticed that I have been spending more time on animals than landscape or flowers. You would not be wrong to suggest that my recent focus is on nature photography rather than food and travel. Fear not, I will return to food and landscapes sooner rather than later. I have interesting information concerning cameras, lenses and techniques that have important consequences to your photographic purchases and workflow. In the meantime, I present a second visit to Sierra Vista Arizona, focusing on small birds. As I have said before, a location that excels in the breadth and depth of the birdwatching world.