In And Out of My 5MR

I first learned about the concept of 5MR birding from Emma at Flying South; in one of the first blog posts of hers that I discovered, she mentioned this idea of focusing her birding efforts within a 5-mile radius of her home. I was traveling very far from my home 5-mile radius at the time... Continue Reading →

A Very Birdy Year

My goodness, it has been awhile since I have written a blog post! Excuses, excuses, excuses....but no sooner was I back to birding (with a Varied Thrush) than I was sidelined again! A shoulder surgery had me down and out for quite some time; by the end of the first month post-surgery I was managing... Continue Reading →

Back to Birding with a Varied Thrush

After months of wandering and exploring, I returned to work with a major deadline looming over my head. Completion of my sabbatical project required that I chain myself to my desk, log a ridiculous number of hours in front of a computer screen and, most importantly, ignore bird reports. I logged out of eBird and... Continue Reading →

Looking for Grace, and Goshawks

"In real life, Goshawks resemble Sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail. You might spend a week in a forest full of gosses and never see one, just traces of their presence.... Continue Reading →

Wild Geese

I have been "on the road", in one form or another, for almost 7 months. I am not quite ready to reflect on all of this, as my heart and mind slowly begin to prepare to transition to "home". But, I will say this....it has been amazing, awe-inspiring, and exhilarating, relaxing and wondrous, grand, breathtaking,... Continue Reading →

Summer in the Sierra

This is another one of those catching up, all-over-the-place posts. Certain landscapes have etched a place so deeply in my heart that I find them difficult to write about. So, I procrastinate. The Sierra Nevada is certainly such a place. The vastness, diversity, and majesty of the Sierra Nevada defies description and requires that one... Continue Reading →

Beak of the Week: Virginia Rail

Once again, I've fallen a bit behind in my blogging efforts. I am currently writing this from Mammoth Lakes, and have had some fun California adventures in the past couple of weeks. After returning home from my road trip, I was fortunate to spend some time at the Sedgwick Reserve in Santa Ynez, CA. I... Continue Reading →

“I’ve been everywhere, man…

...crossed the deserts, bare man. I've breathed the mountain air, man. Travel, I've had my share, man. I've been everywhere." - Johnny Cash Since leaving NW Ohio, my travels have had a different pace and a different focus (or, better said, a lack of focus). The long drive to Magee and the intensity of the... Continue Reading →

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