Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmastime is for the birds — and birders

When I saw this article online, I just had to copy it here for you.  I thought you would enjoy it.  I learned why the traditional Christmas Bird Count was started and that it has been taking place for well over a century.  The below is copied … Continue reading

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‘Twas The Days Before Christmas

December 22nd The winter solstice that usually takes place on December 21st was marked today because the solar year and our modern calendar don’t always correspond.  Like the Conifer and the dark, dense Pine Grove trails in my favorite arboretum, … Continue reading

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Unidentified Alien No More

By now you know I listen to news radio every morning.  A few days ago I heard about the positive identification of the rare hummingbird that has been visiting a feeder in Oak Park, Illinois.  Today I finally had some … Continue reading

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Today Was My First Christmas

My first Christmas Bird Count, that is.  I was not sure what to expect other than to learn how to contribute to the citizen scientist community’s annual attempt to count birds. I laid out my clothes and gear yesterday evening including: my … Continue reading

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The Alien Is Captured!

More news on the radio this morning about that “Flying Green Alien” I reported in my November 29th post.  That little hummingbird is still flying around Oak Park, Illinois and is tolerating the sub-freezing temperatures well.  His hosts are providing protein enriched … Continue reading

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OMG! Spring is on its way!

See! I told you in the very first post with which I began this blog back on November 18th!  It may be approaching the first day of winter, shortest day of the year, with the worst weather ahead of us … Continue reading

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So, how does one count birds, anyway?

I have never participated in a bird count.  But there are lots of opportunities around here.  Coming right up is the Christmas Bird Count.  I have friends that participated and highly recommend the experience.  There are a few days right … Continue reading

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