Category Archives: Nature

Random thoughts on banding and attaching devices to animals, and a proposal

I have been thinking about banding and attaching devices (such as radio transmitters) to animals for some time. On one hand, I totally understand the reasoning behind these practices: individual animals are difficult to distinguish, banding allows scientists to tell … Continue reading

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A 2-bird day

I am a little late kicking off the New Year this year — unlike last year, when I got a new bird (a Cape May Warbler) on New Year’s Day, this year I did not go “serious” birding until today, … Continue reading

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Merlin

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! I knew the Merlin would come. Well, actually I have to admit momentarily I had some doubts, but as the light faded and I already put my camera into my car, … Continue reading

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A trip that should not have happened

In August I spent a week in Seattle. Working. This was during the most glorious days in Seattle — sunny with temperatures between 60 and 80 (Fahrenheit), all was nice. But this was in fact too nice. On a whim … Continue reading

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Spruce Knob Lake Journal

I sat on my beach chair and sipped ice cold club soda, oh, it is so refreshing! It was just before 6PM, the day before Memorial Day and I was at Spruce Knob Lake campground. The sky was a little … Continue reading

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My wild goose chase

OK, so it is cliche now to call an activity a “wild goose chase”, but in my case, I was really chasing two wild geese. On January 31, 2014, a report of Pink-footed Geese in Baltimore, Maryland sent the birding … Continue reading

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Birds, near and far

Sometimes I take long trips (even long day trips) to go see birds and take pictures of them, such as my 400-mile day trip to Ocean City, Maryland. But sometimes birds just come to me, like this Cooper’s Hawk. The … Continue reading

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