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Sandia Park, New Mexico, United States
I have been birding for 41 years. My favorite clients are those who are interested in birds, watching them and even learning about their behavior, not just checking birds off a life list. I enjoy people and want to have fun while birding. As a bird watcher since 1972, I have acquired a broad knowledge of birds, birdsong, habitat and behavior. One of the things I enjoy most about taking people out birding is teaching my clients how to identify birds and how to recall their song. We were in Asheville, NC for 5 years, and Bisbee, AZ 10 years before that. Currently we are house hunting in New Mexico.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Holidays Upon Us

The Holidays Are Upon Us

I have been busy the past two months participating in various birding events. Last week, I helped teach a Sparrow ID Workshop at the Valle de Oro Wildife Refuge, teaching the volunteers and employees there how to properly identify those Sparrows!

I also took a very large group out from the Sierra Club to the Bosque del Apaceh where I showed them Cranes, Eagles, Water Fowl, Hawks and many more. It was great continuing to work with kids. 
Thanks to Raymond Van Buskirk for this great photo of a N. Saw Whet Owl

In November, I lead and co lead bird and owl tours at the Bosque del Apache Festival of the Cranes. We had large groups for owling and were able to give many folks good looks at the owls. Raymond and I were very pleasantly surprised to find this second record Northern Saw Whet Owl at BdA eating a mouse!

Coming up, Christmas Crane Cruise at the Casa de San Pedro...
Here are the details

8 Hour Tour with Leader Wezil Walraven
Sulphur Springs Valley for Cranes, Hawks, Owls, and so much more!
DEC. 26, 2017
MEET AFTER BREAKFAST (if you are not staying at the Casa that would be 8:45am)

Message me or text or call if you are interested in signing up. 520-366-6722, wezilwalraven@gmail.com

I have been bad about keeping my blog up to date. It has become more difficult. If you want to stay up to date on my events and goings on, please find me on Facebook and follow. 


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Autumn 2016

Hello all.  My wife and I are currently searching for a home to call our own in New Mexico. Meanwhile we will be at the Valle De Oro Wildlife Refuge working and residing. This fall I will be leading tours at the Bosque Del Apache Festival of the Cranes Nov. 15-20, 2016. I will be available to guide  at the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge and Bosque Del Apache throughout the autumn and winter months as well.  Give me a call 520-366-6722 or email me at wezilwalraven@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Colorado Prairie Chicken Trip 2016

If you have yet to experience the Colorado a Prairie Chicken Trip, I highly recommend you do so! Www.higlonesometours.com. this trip fills fast!
This year we had a group of 14 friendly birders and 2 guides, myself and Kip Miller. The first part of the trip we have beautiful Springlike temps of low 70's. The last few days a typical late Spring snowstorm set in creating some excitement and travel delays. All of the birds were cooperative for cameras and binos alike. The accommodations and food were above average. Some of the species that our group encountered were Lesser and Greater Prairie Chicken, Greater Sage Grouse, Gunnison Sage Grouse, White tailed Ptarmigan, Dusky Grouse, Sharp tailed Grouse, Chukkar, Mountain Plover, Chestnut -collared and McCowen's Longspurs to name a few.....

All images copyright Kip Miller 2016
All images copyright Kip Miller 2016

We had Burrowing Owls, Rough-Legged Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcon, Golden and Bald Eagles, American Dipper, PiƱon Jays, Stellar's Jays, Mountain, Eastern, Western Bluebirds and many more!
Copyright Kip Miller 2016
A highlight of the trip was in Buena Vista where we encountered a neighborhood with all three Rosy-finches: Brown-capped, Gray-Crowned, and Black. We also experienced a Brown Thrasher, an Eastern vagrant. I look forward to seeing you on this trip next year! 

As for my situation, my wife and I are working on moving to the Silver City, NM area.  I will continue to guide in Arizona, but will also be guiding in NM which is excellent for birds. My goal is to find accessible Flammulated and Spotted Owls. In addition this area is good for Common Black Hawks, Acorn Woodpeckers, Townsend's Solitaires, Bridled Titmice, Painted Redstart and more...for the next few months I am busy leading and co leading trips in Arizona, and will be working some private tours. Best thing to do, as always is to email me at wezilwalraven@gmail.com or call me 520-366-3677.