Thrush Hour

A mad invasion of the Varied Thrush is now underway across the west. Where did these birds come from? We normally have a few around in the forested areas of the region, but now they are seemingly everywhere. And not just the odd singleton either – birders are seeing flocks of 30, 40, 50 or […]

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New year, new bird

Well, that was quick. Only 11 hours into 2015 and we’ve got another new bird for the List. May I present to you the Common Goldeneye. We saw this gal in Drakes Estero, Point Reyes. Some of your more interesting birds come with the name prefix “Common”, such as the brilliant and socially-adept Common Raven, or the Common […]

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FeederWatch

Here we go again with Project Feederwatch. It’s another Cornell Bird Lab initiative, where regular people like us record wintertime visitors to our bird feeders. There’s more structure to it than the standard eBird data entry. They want you to watch the feeder on two consecutive days once a week, and note the highest number of […]

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On the News

We are still getting the daily newspaper here at Mellowcat HQ. I was reading it and noticed an ad for something, and wondered how the newspaper decided to show me this ad based on my prior newspaper reading activity. Of course, that’s not currently possible for the print newspaper, unlike its web counterpart. The print version […]

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Weather Maps

The Drought Monitor map for this week still has most of California in the Exceptional category. Let’s see what we can do about that, shall we? Here’s the precipitation forecast for the 6-10 day window. Not out of the woods yet, but we’re off to a good start.  

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Homecoming

Right in time for Thanksgiving, some old friends have flown into town. This past winter I’d noted the absence of the Pine Siskin, following up on something that Bill Tweed had written. We wondered aloud if the ongoing drought had altered the whereabouts of this bird. Well, after going missing for almost two years, the Pine […]

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