Monthly Archives: May 2013

Stellar’s Jay

The Stellar’s Jay is a striking bird, closely related to the Blue Jay. It is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains. It was named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Stellar. Primarily residing in coniferous forests, they … Continue reading

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Hello amigos! I had a glorious time in Portland with my daughter. What a good sport she was, driving me from the mountains to the high desert to Washington State! We both added many new birds to our life list, … Continue reading

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Coneflowers and a gift

One more post before I leave on my trip. The violent thunderstorm that rolled through here at 5AM bestowed three extra hours on my day. 🙂 I hope all my friends in North Texas are okay, as I learned they … Continue reading

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Horses and miscellany

It’s been so hot and windy here lately that I haven’t photographed anything worthy to share. I’ve been wanting to show you my agapanthus, but the wind is wreaking havoc with their portraits. The heat really zaps me. I wilt … Continue reading

Posted in berries, birds, cardinal, downy woodpecker, european starling, horses, robin, wildlife | 36 Comments


My mind has been so scattered lately. The root of it all (I suspect) is something that starts with an M and ends with a PAUSE. I’ve been forgetting about my favorite memes, so I hope it’s not too late to enter … Continue reading

Posted in birds, downy woodpecker, eastern kingbird, european starling, loggerhead shrike, nature, photography, red-bellied woodpecker, wildlife | 54 Comments

What was I thinking?!

When the sign says you must be in good physical condition to hike at Clark Creek, it actually translates “Must have completed AT LEAST 3 months of boot camp, sanctioned by the U.S. Army”. What a freaking horrible birthday! I … Continue reading

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Walk Like An Egyptian

I have had such a successful birding year already with yet another new species to add to my list: the Egyptian Goose. I was hiking at a newly discovered birding spot in town last week and met a group of … Continue reading

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