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Random Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-leg in the snow

Rough-legged hawk in the snow. This is a bird being seen in the New Brighton area of the Twin Cities. I found it hunting an open area along with 2 red-tailed hawks–buteos getting along. Apparently it’s been around awhile. I see it’s sunny today, I may go back out and get some sunny photos.


Rockstar Storytellers

These are a couple of snippets from the Rockstar Storyteller show I did in January 2011. That’s my neighbor Zoe reading along with me. This is a piece about a woman who used to call the bird store I worked for who claimed she could psychically communicate with birds.

Turkeys Chasing A Laser Pointer

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Metaphor For Marriage?

Below is a relative approximation of me getting out of bed to go birding while Non Birding Bill is still sleeping. I’m the gentoo penguin and bill would be the seal:

Twin Cities Snow Shoeing

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I have accepted the snow and have taken to snowshoeing. Partly because my park got a whole bunch of snowshoes this winter and I’m doing some programs one on January 21 and the other on February 19. I need to practice because I have a tendency to walk with my toes out, which [...]

I Need A Cleansing Cardinal


After all the talk of the dead bird reports, I need to savor the birds right in front of me. So, here is a random cardinal photo I took during our snowshoe outing yesterday:

Bird Die Offs

There are more bird die offs being reported–now in other countries. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I’m irritated that every dead flock is being reported with added commentary (like CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewing Kirk Cameron about the birds kills) asking if this is a sign of the “end times.” On [...]

Aflockalypse Now?

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Good grief! First we had the story of the 3000 – 5000 dead birds in a one mile area in Arkansas…and now we have another report of 500 birds dead on Louisiana. What the heck could be going on? Flockmaggedon??

Here’s my take: I agree that the New Year’s Eve incident in Arkansas was probably [...]

Thousands of Dead Blackbirds in Arkansas

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The news wires are buzzing with a story of thousands of blackbirds (mostly red-winged with a few grackles mixed in) literally falling from the sky in an Arkansas town on New Year’s Eve.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said its enforcement officers began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. Friday. [...]

2 Caracaras In 1 Year

1 yellow headed caracara

Winter and lots of snow brings with it cabin fever. We have lots of modern conveniences that help ease that tension, like Netflix Watch Instantly and Amazon Streaming and alcohol! You don’t have to go to a rental facility, you don’t even have to wait for Netflix to arrive in the mail–you can have most [...]