(Part of) 2019 in Birds

Well, it took a pandemic and a closure of my college...but I am finally catching up on photo editing and looking back on 2019. I realize that we are over 2 full months into a new year and a new decade, but I am not quite ready to leave 2019 in the history books. And,... Continue Reading →

Birds Not Borders

I can't quite remember when I was first realized that I absolutely needed to visit the Rio Grande Valley, but the seed was planted some time ago. The reputation of this region's birds and birding locations is iconic. Admittedly, the Brownsville Dump scene from "The Big Year" also planted a seed ("ketchup- potato chips?")! As... Continue Reading →

A Calgary Big Day

Six weeks, 6143 miles, 243 species of birds, 26 lifers.....and only ONE blog post! And, yes, I realize that it is now October...but I am not going to let any of that stop me from sharing some of the most memorable experiences from what was an epic summer trip. I think the ship has sailed... 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 →

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 →

“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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