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"
I’ve been waiting for our hobo Black-headed Grosbeak to ride the Spring Migration rails through town, and he finally showed up. We saw him northbound last April, and heading south in September. He’s only around for a day or two, and I might have missed him but we had (people) visitors in town, and I’d […]Read more "Old Home Week"
Another local controversy is a-brewin’, and this one involves people and their dogs, which escalates the tension level immediately to DEFCON 1. The NPS offered a Dog Management Plan to close some parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to off-leash dogs. Dogs have lobbyists on par with the NRA it seems – our feisty […]Read more "Off Leash"
We now turn our attention to automobiles. But before doing so, here’s a frame from the eBird occurrence map for the Lazuli Bunting. You’ll see what this has to do with cars in just a minute, if you hang in there with me. You can view the animated version of this and many other maps […]Read more "I, Sensor"
I’ll get around to explaining in just a minute what this picture has to do with birds. This is a slightly fuzzy photo of a bentwood Singer Sewing Machine case, probably from the 1930’s or ’40’s. The Resident Expert gave me a copy of The Grail Bird for a winter solstice gift. The book describes […]Read more "Unintended consequences"