Thursday, February 26, 2009


Yesterday and today combined, three women with quiet but profound impacts on my life have celebrated birthdays. Best wishes to Carol in Rochester, Karen in Arizona and Jo in Colorado. Your wonderful influences will always be with me...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Redpolls II

Despite the previous night's snow and a bit of a slog to Lowry Nature Center, today's bird banding program was well worth it. Banded a total of 48 birds of 7 species, which along with 2 recaptured Black-capped Chickadees made for an even 50 birds. The breakdown of the 48 newly banded birds is:

Black-capped Chickadee: 7
American Goldfinch: 8
American Tree Sparrow: 1
White-breasted Nuthatch: 2
Purple Finch: 5
Hoary Redpoll: 1
Common Redpoll: 24

A marvelous day! When photos arrive from those who could take them (I was busy presenting the program to the public), I will post them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I am pleased as anything to learn that dear friends Susie and Jessi Henderson are being recognized for their volunteer service to our community. Congratulations to you both, you've very much earned it! That will make your upcoming Colorado move that much more "painful", but our loss will be Durango's gain.

Bless you, Jessi and Susie. I am a "proud papa"!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Back from Bisbee

Returned more tired than refreshed from my Bisbee trip, but very much worth the wear. I hope to have a couple of Sheri's photos posted in the next few days. Meantime I provide my own meager efforts. Enjoy!

A swirl of Sandhill Cranes

Tom Wood crane-watching

"Taiga" Merlin

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Arizona bound!

Tomorrow I head to beautiful, sunny (well, actually might rain every day...) Bisbee AZ to stay with dear friends Tom and Sheri. It seems that no matter how low life gets, when the three of us get together it is a laugh riot bar none. So great to have friends like that! I might even get in a blog entry if I can borrow their 'puter... Otherwise, see y'all next week!

Monday, February 09, 2009


OK, I know it's sappy sentiment, but today's mail contained this valentine card from Ma. What makes it special is we have been sending it back and forth (with a couple gaps) since 1966. For concern of message privacy, I will only share the front. Enjoy, even if this is a trifle early!

Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 08, 2009


I share herein some of the 200+ Common Redpolls that were gracing my mom's backyard up by Nisswa. Unfortunately this is the only decent picture, so you'll have to take my word for the numbers...

Common Redpolls

Death spiral (of a sort)...

Against my will (but I did it anyways) I'm being dragged deeper and deeper into the netherworld of the InterTubes. Now I have a Facebook account. YEESH. At least I might be able to track down some lost contacts or open other channels of communications with some folks. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. Of course, I said the same thing about blogs a couple years ago! We shall see...

I also sense that a close relationship is in a death spiral, which is nagging me no end. Unfortunately not much one can do when all communications is one-way. Again, we shall see...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Best game evah!

I'm 90+ percent sure this is a spoof, but if it's not I want one...

Accordion Hero by Kimmo Pohjonen