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Another Great Backyard Bird Count has come and gone. It was the GBBC of 2013 that got me into the birding game, and every year we get out our little notepad and jot down all the birds that we see in or around the yard. Then we submit the data to Science, and it becomes a […]Read more "And still counting"
Well, that was interesting. We’ve had just a tiny bit of rain in recent weeks, but that qualifies as a droughtbuster ’round these parts. Up next, a relentless and destructive deluge, no doubt. But we have a few days of relative calm before that kicks in, so let’s reflect for a moment on the long […]Read more "Exiting the Drought"
We spend a fair amount of time over on the coast. It’s within easy reach, and they’ve got all the birds, so you’ll find us there every couple of weeks. But to the Resident Expert it seemed that we were missing out on the good early morning and late evening times with our day-trip visit […]Read more "Upon Further Investigation"
Take a good look at the cat pictured here. What do you think? Oh sure, he looks nice. Handsome white paws. Carpet-like gray coat. He’s even approachable and vocal. All good qualities. But he’s also a menace to the micro-society of our yard. Gary, as we call him, has been hanging around for weeks. We thought […]Read more "Public Enemy Number One"
Did you feel it? I did, earlier today. I was outside, tidying up the yard, and noticed that that the angle of light had changed. It’s changing all the time of course, but I just noticed it so that makes it blog worthy. Around these parts, the shift from Summer to Fall it quite subtle. […]Read more "Turning Point"
Much to the dismay of the local House Finches, I had to take the bird feeders down for a few days. I saw a couple of birds exhibiting signs of the finch eye disease, which can quickly spread when they congregate together. And boy, do they congregate. It’s been a non-stop Finch party at both feeders […]Read more "Finch Dispersal"
We now continue the account begun yesterday of our trip to the Plumas/Tahoe National Forest region. Here’s a picture of the Sierra Buttes taken from Mills Peak, to get you oriented. Let’s see now, where were we? Right – in the Diablo Campground, with unruly neighbors and a gathering thunderstorm in the middle of the night. Having been […]Read more "Rambling in the Northeast Quadrant – Episode 2"
Before I forget the important details, herewith is an account of our recent trip to the mountains. Our strategy was to take advantage of the drought crisis and get in an early backpacking trip with the mid-summer-like conditions in the Sierra. If we waited until our usual time, late summer, it’s doubtful there would be […]Read more "Mountain Weather"
We get a lot of good birds through here, but I’ve had my eye out for one in particular: the Lazuli Bunting. They migrate through in the spring, and for a few weeks in April and May you have a shot at seeing this gorgeous little bird in the grasslands and shrubs of our local […]Read more "The Elusive Mr. Bunting"