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Big Day 2017!

May 12, 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday, is birding’s Global Big Day 2017! You may remember I participated last year, and found it to be a fun mini-challenge, a real spur to take my birding to the next level, visit some sites I’d never been to before, and be more diligent about recording my observations.

I learned a ton last year, and I’m going to try to apply some of that this year. In the first place, the weather is supposed to be a ton better, so I’m hoping my stamina will hold out longer. I’m also going to pack plenty of food and sodas and things. (Seems like a no-brainer, right? You’d be surprised…)  I’m going to try to use the spotting scope this year. I usually like to walk while I’m watching, but I have a couple of spots in mind where I can park with the scope and still see some cool things. I’m also going to make more of an effort to go after sightings of common birds that I just missed last year, like pigeons and crows, and record what I see in transit, driving out to the sites, which I didn’t do last year.

Other than those changes, I’m going to visit the same spots I did last year, because I really want to compare this year with last year. Both to see what a difference the weather makes, and also to see if maybe I really have become a better birder in the meantime. Last year’s goal was 50 birds, and I got right to 50. Let’s see if I can get past 50 this year.

Happy Birding!


ditched work

April 26, 2017

Ditched work this morning to go birding at Barr Lake and got to hang out with this 3rd year juvenile bald eagle.

on a walk

March 29, 2017

I went on a hike north of Lyons last week and saw this guy right on the trail. Not shy at all.

quick post

March 1, 2017

Dark purple crocus in my yard have bloomed. I should be happy but I’m worried for them, we always get a big snow in March and they might get hurt.

I go through this anxiety every single year but it feels new every single time. Weird.


wintery sundry

February 24, 2017

Winter in Colorado:  Went from 70 degrees F to blizzard in two days. Would have been awesome but I had to drive through it. Remember the manta of the Rockies this time of year:  We need the moisture, we need the moisture.

I’m visiting with my niece for a couple of days. She was super excited to show me that she’s learned to snap her fingers.

Of course this means it’s time to teach her to sing the Jet Song.

Her parents will be so pleased!


another view of RMNP

November 21, 2016

Here’s another picture from my hike to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mt. National Park a couple weeks ago.  That was such a good hike, and such a good day.  I could feel the stress draining from me with every step.  Must remember my happy places.

All that gray:  those are aspen without their leaves.  I need to try this same hike a month earlier next year.  Because imagine all that turned bright gold when the leaves change.  It must be astonishing.