Things I am Thinking About Right Now...

  • 1. Finally Updated; A busy ( and not-so-birdy fall ) fall
  • 2. A smew in Ontario ??? And I got to see it !
  • 3. Thinking about summer vacation...
  • 4. And Sping trips too !
  • 5. Quite a few Winter rarities around. May try to add a few more to the list
  • 6. Still no snow on the ground...
  • 7. Project FeederWatch is going strong. Two eports submitted...
  • 8. I think I have convinced my wife to visit Cape May next summer !
  • 9. The Elephant Pepper Development Trust ( Check out their site ! )
  • 10. Tying to decide how to spend my remaining gift certificates !

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Cranberry Marsh

A nice morning at Cranberry Marsh. A few interesting birds beyond the omnipresent chickadees. WILD TURKEYS were feeding on the trail from the North Parking Area, which THE SON was quite impressed with. There was a small flock of HORNED LARKS feeding on the edge of Hall's Road. A really nice winter day when all was said and done. Not too cold, a nice layer of fresh snow, a few birds and my family. What could be better ???

The chickadee is right there...Right behind you !!! Just turn around !
Hide and Seek

THE MOTHER stirring up trouble with poorly aimed snowballs
THE SON and THE DAUGHTER having some fun outside
( Yes that is a sled in the background and yes, that was the preferred mode of transport on the day )

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Hall's Road

My son fell asleep in the car as we were heading home from errands. What better time to take a drive down Hall's Road and look for some birds :)
Got a nice iPhone pic but you'll have to look/enlarge to find the subject of this photo.

A lot of red-tailed hawks around today. I counted six while out on our little run of errands.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

My Second Post...Sleeping Gulls !!!!

My second post is about seagulls. Looked down upon by many, gulls are among my favourite birds. It would be difficult to explain my appreciation for these birds to a non-birder ( or even many birders, for that matter ). One thing I will point out is that gulls are never boring, showing more personality than the average songbird. However, larophile or not, check a flock of seagulls for this behaviour. Fascinating stuff.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

My First Post

Hello cybernet...Just a quick introduction to me and my blog. My profile summarizes the push/pull in my life, although my wife has her sphere of influence as well.

Non-birders will surely scoff at how I have placed birding as an apparent equal to my son and my daughter. I will defend myself with two points. Number love of birding is tied in with my love for nature, the outdoors and environment. I read "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv and it resonated. My family lives a typical suburban lifestyle but I am determined that my children will not have the "nature defecit disorder", described in Louv's book. An antidote to the consumerism that surrounds us. Being outdoors with my children means a lot to me, in terms of my short-term joy and the long-term impact.

Birding, however, is something that I enjoy immensely. It is attuned to my personality. The listing, the use of observation and deduction, the role of taxonomy, the potential to travel and, of course,  the birds themselves. Even if it were indoors, I would be hooked by everything birding gives me. Since it is an outdoor activity, well...there you go. So yes, it's birds and kids; equal in their own way.

I will also point out that my interests spiral out widely; beyond the birds and the kids. I am a sports fan, follow politics and cheer on any initiatives that are working to do good things in our world. My posts will touch on other things ( hence,  "other stuff" in my blog title ) but they will emphasize positives rather than negatives. After all, the Detroit Lions and Toronto Blue Jays are two of my favourite things so I have enough negatives to deal with ( although things are looking up ).  

The basic facts are now posted but why should I write a blog. First, I like to write and here is my chance to practice. Second, it will give me more impetus to come up with stuff to write about ( which hopefully means more time outside...). However, if I think of an ultimate goal for this blog, it is to describe how I balance my two favourite things in the world ( and how my wife puts up with it... ).

To sum up: If you would like to hear ideas, opinions, reviews and ramblings on nature, the outdoors, birds, birding, kids, birds and kids, birding with kids and a whole bunch of other stuff, this site may interest you. Check it out, explore and enjoy !

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