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More Tardy Migrants

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Following the recent excitement on our Littleton farm after I discovered a chestnut-sided warbler here in mid November (see Late for the Tropics), four lesser goldfinches visited the property yesterday, gathering at the thistle feeder. Show More Summary


4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Late yesterday afternoon, as dusk enveloped the Front Range, I noticed a sharp-shinned hawk in one of our pinyon pines. Struggling to balance his prey as he fed on its carcass, he finally lost grip and his meal fell to the ground. Dropping to tear off another morsel, he flew to barren fruit tree and consumed that piece within minutes. Show More Summary

Childhood and Adult Behavior

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Spending a good deal of time with my new grandson, I cannot help but appreciate his innocence and his total dependence on those who care for him. Fortunately, he has been born to parents who love him and into an family that has the means to provide for all his needs. Show More Summary

I See Change

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Everyone sees change over their lifetime. I certainly have. This year was my 45th living on our mountaintop property in central Pennsylvania. My husband Bruce and I also celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary. The three sons we raised on this mountain are middle-aged and we are old. During our tenure here we have seen many […]

Cold Sunshine in the Valley

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Brilliant sunshine bathed the South Platte Valley this morning but the overnight chill was slow to dissipate. Ice coated the wetlands and shallow inlets while the lakes remained open, attracting an increasing number and diversity ofShow More Summary

Worry: A Human Scourge

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans tend to worry. Of course, some of us worry more than others and those with depression or anxiety disorders are most subject to this human scourge.We worry about our finances, our health, the welfare of our children, the risks...Show More Summary

Fox at High Noon

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On yet another trip to the compost pile, I encountered a red fox, sniffing his way along the west edge of our property. Spooked by my approach, he scurried over a six foot fence and disappeared.Common visitors and former residents on...Show More Summary

Western Snow, Eastern Rain

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A potent winter storm system has entered the Western U.S., bringing snow from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the Colorado Rockies and from the Four Corners region to the Northern Plains. Triggered by a deep atmospheric trough...Show More Summary

Yellow Jackets in November

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Yesterday, will taking our Thanksgiving scraps to the compost bin, I stirred up a colony of yellow jackets, a type of wasp. Their presence took me by surprise since we have had several hard freezes along the Colorado Front Range.In the...Show More Summary

A Thanks to the Obamas

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this American holiday of Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to thank President Obama and the First Lady for their inspiration and leadership over the past eight years. Sandwiched between the militarism of the Bush Administration and...Show More Summary

Waterfowl at Dusk

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

During the colder months, when a large number of waterfowl gather in the South Platte Valley, a spectacle develops as dusk envelops the Front Range. In the darkening sky, flocks of wintering ducks begin to appear, streaming above our...Show More Summary

A Beautiful Gray Day

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Those of us who live along the Colorado Front Range are used to sunny days; indeed, sunshine bathes the urban corridor on more than 300 days each year. But following a prolonged period of warm, sunny and dry weather, today's mix of rain...Show More Summary

Tigers at the Aquarium

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Yesterday, my wife and I took two of our grandsons to the Downtown Denver Aquarium. Initially founded as Colorado's Ocean Journey in 1999, the facility is now owned and operated by Landry's Restaurants, Inc.The well-organized aquarium...Show More Summary

The Edge of Winter

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After two balmy days in Cincinnati, I flew back to Denver last evening. As we left Ohio, where the late afternoon temperature was still in the mid seventies (F), a wall of thunderstorms loomed to the west, providing a spectacular light show for those of us in flight. Show More Summary

Familiar Landscape from Above

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Flying from Denver to Cincinnati yesterday afternoon, I selected a window seat, cherishing the opportunity to see familiar terrain from 30,000 feet. The weather cooperated as we flew east across the dry, brown plains of Eastern Colorado...Show More Summary

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