About Me

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Albuquerque, 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.

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, Piñon 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.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer's End

It has been an extremely busy summer of private guiding and organized trips.  This year due to El Niño many birds from Mexico have crossed the border into the Huachuca Mountains mostly. For example, the pair of Tufted Flycatchers from the Sierra Madres nested 2 Miles up from Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon. A pair of Flame colored Tanagers also nested at Bledsoe Loop at Ramsey. These birds made quite an exciting presentation for the visitors of the area and my clients. The population of the Rufous capped Warbler tripled in the past two years in the Huachucas. This was probably the fire of 2011 altering what once was not their habitat into their preferred flora. In mid Spring I joined up with two friends from the Love Creek Nature Center and assisted them in finding owls. It was a large but cohesive group. Much fun was had by all. Later in the Summer I led a small group for High Lonesome Bird Tours to find Hummingbirds of Arizona. We had 14 species in all including numerous Plain-capped Starthroats. This is another species who's population has tripled in the last several years. Climate change?

After a break my wife and I are packing up for a slow journey North. Although our house has not presented itself to us yet, we are hopeful that it will before the end of the year. 

This is the first year in many that one of my favorite clients, Mary Kay Gardener has not joined me in a birding adventure. I hope to make up for it next year.