The free time allotted to us on the weekend was utilized for an early Saturday morning Songbird Stakeout. I have been hearing an unfamiliar bird, always between 6 and 6:30 am, these past few days, but I’m usually getting ready for work at that time so investigation was postponed until the weekend. When your wake […]Read more "Songs without words"
It would be nice if every bird was seen in his or her natural setting, but that is rarely going to be the case when you inhabit a world that has been radically altered by you-know-who (Man). Nevertheless, there are birds to be seen in parking lots, high voltage power lines, and highway overpasses. Herewith are two case […]Read more "Urban Birding"
Did you feel it? I did, earlier today. I was outside, tidying up the yard, and noticed that that the angle of light had changed. It’s changing all the time of course, but I just noticed it so that makes it blog worthy. Around these parts, the shift from Summer to Fall it quite subtle. […]Read more "Turning Point"
Much to the dismay of the local House Finches, I had to take the bird feeders down for a few days. I saw a couple of birds exhibiting signs of the finch eye disease, which can quickly spread when they congregate together. And boy, do they congregate. It’s been a non-stop Finch party at both feeders […]Read more "Finch Dispersal"
You are responsible for managing millions of acres of forested lands, it is the middle of summer, in the fourth year of drought. How do you safeguard these lands against harm? Well, if you’re the US Forest Service, you invite thousands of people to start fires, some of them quite large, in a mostly unsupervised, uncontrolled […]Read more "To Build a Fire"
There are five ways to learn about assembling your car camping rig: deep personal reflection, inspiration, trial and error, field observation, and direct mail marketing. You never know what’s going to work, so I suggest pursuing all five paths, in addition to the sixth way to car camping enlightenment that we have not yet discovered. We haven’t been at this […]Read more "Finessing the Rig"
We now continue the account begun yesterday of our trip to the Plumas/Tahoe National Forest region. Here’s a picture of the Sierra Buttes taken from Mills Peak, to get you oriented. Let’s see now, where were we? Right – in the Diablo Campground, with unruly neighbors and a gathering thunderstorm in the middle of the night. Having been […]Read more "Rambling in the Northeast Quadrant – Episode 2"
Our last camping adventure in the mountains was derailed by snow, and I had some concerns that last weekend’s trip would be canceled due to fire. The Lakes Basin region, including the Tahoe and Plumas National Forests and surrounding uplands, has as of this writing no active wildfires. It’s a beautiful place, and I know […]Read more "Rambling in the Northeast Quadrant – Episode 1"
After a bit of a hiatus on Mellowcatin’, I’d rather not start right off with one of my rants, but it cannot be helped. Now that we’re heading into another election cycle a peculiar negative energy has been unleashed. I will be on the lookout for any messages, in clear text or coded, that speak […]Read more "The Invasive Species"
There’s been some shenanigans going on in our backyard. First it was the Chestnut-backed Chickadees, settling in to the nest box and eventually fledging some fresh new CBC’s. Then it was the Dark-eyed Juncos, with three new little Juncos in tow, showing them the ropes at the bird feeder. Then the Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, a mating […]Read more "Locals Only"