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The Homewreckers Arrive

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As color explodes and birdsong intensifies across central Missouri, the first pair of brown-headed cowbirds arrived on our property. Moving about the yard, the male engaged in his courtship display, anxious to mate with his bride; unfortunately,...Show More Summary

A Morning for Snipe

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this stormy morning at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a dense cloud deck blocked out the April sun, extending the dim light of dawn. Such conditions are favored by common snipe, chunky, long-billed "shorebirds" that inhabit inland swamps and wetlands of North America and Eurasia. Show More Summary

Encounter at Fossil Lake

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my frequent trips between Colorado and Missouri, I always glance at a small lake just south of the Russell, Kansas, Exit. The lake reliably attracts a variety of seasonal migrants, including gulls, snow geese, American white pelicans...Show More Summary

The Nature of Statesmanship

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A statesman (or stateswoman), unlike typical politicians, provides leadership by inspiring confidence, offering well-considered policies and demonstrating the willingness and capacity to work with those who oppose his/her positions.Show More Summary

Dust Storms & Wildfires

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

It was mild and sunny along the Front Range urban corridor this morning but a dense band of clouds obscured the Continental Divide to our west. Arriving just after noon, this cold front unleashed strong winds, gusting to 50 mph.In many...Show More Summary

A Disappointing Survey

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this mild, sunny morning along the Colorado Front Range, I decided to submit my first checklist report to eBird from South Platte Park, a refuge that I have birded hundreds of times over the years. I chose my usual loop in the southern...Show More Summary

Bushtit Thievery

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Bushtits are common residents and visitors on our Littleton, Colorado, farm but their numbers vary widely throughout the year. This week, a single pair has been twittering about the property and, on this warm, sunny morning, I noticed...Show More Summary

A Roof-top Heron

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Working on our Littleton, Colorado, farm this afternoon, I was accompanied by the usual mix of birds. House finches, blue jays and black-capped chickadees invaded the feeders, northern flickers delivered their hysterical calls, common...Show More Summary

Lake Piney Z in Tallahassee: 2/20/2016

In February I got back on my favorite in-town lake. This lake changes with each trip and I love recording the comings and goings of its avian residents, the changing cypress colors, and the drama I find in the animal world. I found a...Show More Summary

Osprey Nesters at Lake Piney Z: 3/20/2016

My trips in the kayaks are somewhat fewer and farther between while I care for dad, who is in his 93rd year. On this trip I found nesting ospreys. A third osprey was trying to raid the nest and daddy osprey fought him off. There are two chicks in this nest.

By the kayak trail: Lake Piney Z

I have been unsuccessful thus far, in persuading the city to move these alligators. It is against the law to hunt alligators in a city park but they could be moved to another lake to make kayakers just a bit safer. Anyway, they are magnificent animals and they have never menaced me.

Golden-wings

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

The last time I saw a golden-winged warbler on our property was May 29, 2008, when I heard him singing his “bee, bzz, bzz” song and tracked him to his usual nesting spot at the top edge of First Field. Of course, that wasn’t the only place I saw golden-winged warblers on our property. But […]

Born Again Naturalists

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We are all naturalists at birth. Functioning in response to our instincts and nurtured by our parents, we are stimulated by our surroundings and nourished with the products of plants and animals that share our planet.As we approach school age, however, human mysticism invades our world. Show More Summary

Morning Sunshine, Afternoon Snow

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Following thunderstorms last evening, we awoke to bright sunshine in Metro Denver this morning. Radio broadcasters, responding to a forecast of rain and snow showers and presumably looking out their small studio windows, scoffed at the...Show More Summary

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