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Ethan Has Posted Photos from Camp Chiricahua 2009 July 22, 2009

Filed under: Amphibians,Animals,Birds,Bugs,Mammals,Reptiles,Seasons,Summer — saltthesandbox @ 12:25 pm
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My 14-year-old son, Ethan, spent early July at Camp Chiricuhua, an Arizona birding camp for teens. It’s run by Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and co-sponsored by the American Birding Association. (Go here for more information.)

He had a really great time! He saw or heard 69 life birds, plus four kinds of Rattlesnakes, a Black Widow Spider, and a really big Tarantula. He took his camera along, and he’s been posting photos online, including dozens of kinds of birds, snakes, spiders, scorpions, insects, flash floods, and  “a caustic pit of death.”

Here are two samples. First, an Acorn Woodpecker (original here):

Acorn Woodpecker, Portal, Arizona. Photo by Ethan Gyllenhaal.

Acorn Woodpecker, Portal, Arizona. Photo by Ethan Gyllenhaal.

Next, a mother scorpion with babies on its back (original here):

Mother scorpion with babies on its back, Portal, Arizona. Photo by Ethan Gyllenhaal.

Mother scorpion with babies on its back, Portal, Arizona. Photo by Ethan Gyllenhaal.

There are lots more photos in Ethan’s Flickr photostream. Here’s the link to his Camp Chiricahua, Arizona, set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36997518@N03/sets/72157621780821598/

Ethan’s complete photo stream, including Midwestern and (soon) California photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36997518@N03/

We hope you enjoy them!

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Ethan’s fellow camper, Benjamin, has also posted about Camp Chiricahua, 2009, on his blog: http://warblings.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/camp-chiricahua-2009/

 

3 Responses to “Ethan Has Posted Photos from Camp Chiricahua 2009”

  1. Fiona Says:

    Wow, they are awesome. That is a fantastic shot of the scorpion! I never knew that is how scorpions carried theur babies. You learn a new thing everyday.

    Just had a quick look at your flickr site and those are fantastic photos! Good stuff.

  2. Clement Says:

    Wow! I am a fellow young birder and have been thinking about Camp Chiricahua and have friends who have gone. The flickr photographs are amazing! I ahve no doubt that the ABA and the AOU will accept the BBSA. Ofcourse that will be it’s code once it goes through… Myadestes are so haunting. Was there a male BCGN? I also saw some pictures of a pelagic trip that appeared to be off the coast of SoCali. I love pelagics as well. Did you get any Pterodroma’s? Also you should put the BBSA on your rarity photostream.

    I hope your sighting gets on the checklist. How exciting!
    -Clement Crantuferth

    • ethanbirdnerd Says:

      Thanks, and there was only the female Black-capped Gnatcatcher, which we first heard, then it constantly called above us until we left, giving nice views, and we heard another on the way down. We did get Pterodromas, but only Cook’s, and in record breaking numbers as well, so I was happy.


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