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Diabolical Fall of 2017 Wood-Warbler Quiz

13 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

It is autumn, the time of year when wood-warblers are allegedly at their most difficult. But that isn’t tough enough...

Hurricanes and Diamonds

19 hours agoHobbies / Birding : Natural Notes

It’s been just over a week since Hurricane Irma made her move through Florida.  Living in an RV full time, especially when home-base is in Florida, requires a special kind of diligence when it comes to weather.  So as the hurricane models were suggesting a possible Florida hit, I decided it was time to go. […]

Adopt-a-Barn-Cat Followup

Every spring and fall during migration fallouts, a great many warblers end up grounded for a few days. Last week I talked about an Adopt a Barn Cat program from Animal Allies, the humane society here in Duluth. I’ve long been a supporter of Animal Allies, which works tirelessly to find homes for dogs and cats in Duluth. Show More Summary

Birding the Sittee River

While in Belize back in August one of the outings we signed up for was a boat ride along the...

While Mom’s Away…

So if you read my last post about our trip last October to NJ and RI, you’ll see (to everyone’s amazement) that I left the gypsy chihuahua behind with her cousins – three yorkies – and in the care of my brother and his wife.  They have a large fenced yard, and the three Yorkies […]

Fort Clinch State Park – Amelia Island

The Atlantic Ocean is just beyond the trees behind the RV.  We arrived back in Florida late in the afternoon – and called ahead to Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island for a reservation.  When we arrived at the Ranger Station, the ranger told us there was one site left, and apologetically said “it’s […]

Fall Trip to NJ and RI

So what exactly have we been up to in the non-blogging interim?  Hard to believe it was almost a year ago – but my sister and I took a trip last October to visit kids, grand kids, brothers and other family in New Jersey and Rhode Island.  For this trip, the gypsy chihuahua had her […]

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2017)

Certain seasons demand as much birding time as a person can spare, and sometimes even more than that. But be...

Introducing The Gypsy Chihuahua

I haven’t maintained Natural Notes in a long time – not seriously anyway.  Just a random post here and there.  It never felt right since I stopped banding – and I wasn’t sure anyone looked at blogs anymore. I’m still not sure of that, but I continue to find current blogs and people on social […]

Goanna Creek Rest Area

Driving along the Carpentaria Highway from the Amungee Rest Area where we had stopped for lunch and enjoyed the company...

Trolling for Cuckoos in Costa Rica

I watch birds pretty much all the time. This may come as a surprise to folks who keep their birding...

Evil Twin Brewing Falco India Pale Ale

If there’s a “trash bird” in the world of craft beer, it’s unquestionably IPA. Like starlings and pigeons, these flamboyantly...

Duluth's Animal Allies' Misguided Adopt a Barn Cat Project

Back in the 1990s when several people who care about wildlife fought tirelessly to get Duluth to enact a cat leash ordinance, requiring any cat off its owner’s property to be leashed, some of our city councilors told me that they couldn’t...Show More Summary

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2017?

Fall migration may want for some of the kaleidoscope colors adorning spring birds, but this time of year offers some...

About gulls and panic

Do you ever feel that you do not know your birds anymore? I had that feeling today. Usually I do...

You Should Go to the American Birding Expo!

From 29 September through 1 October, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will host the third annual American...

A return visit to Summer Lake Refuge

The first of September marked the start of quite a bit of travel for Jeanne and I. As all of...

Endangered Birds: 50th Anniversary for the Class of 1967

Before the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), there was the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966.  The first list...

Climate Change: NOW is the time to talk and to act

Much of Canada and the American West is afire right this moment, and the air that humans and wildlife are breathing is horrible over an enormous swath of North America because of smoke and particulates. This has of course been in the...Show More Summary

Big Day on Long Island: The Seatuck Birding Challenge

“I think I just heard a chickadee.” “Stop the car! This spot might be good.” Doors open and shut. Birders...

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