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the year in birds: 2008

January 1, 2009

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Most notable for me birding-wise in 2008 was my inadvertent big year in my home city. I had 169 species, blowing away any previous year’s total. I got my last city bird New Year’s Eve day, an American Black Duck…

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birdchaser, nuthatch, blow-up doll

February 17, 2008

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The the Partners in Flight (PIF) conference in south Texas has just wound down. It was an interesting three days catching up on bird conservation research, good birds, and old friends. “New” friends, too. Here I am apparently throttling a…

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Did you really think (did I really think?) I would post every day on vacation? The days got too long and the photos and experiences too many. We are back in Panama City after a great time in the western…

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the year in birds: 2007

January 2, 2008

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I did this for 2005 and 2006, and it’s easier than making New Year’s resolutions. Number of species seen: I generally only keep local year lists, and in 2007 only kept up with a year list for my home city….

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Our newest yard bird (#133) was a very sleepy Northern Saw-whet Owl, roosting in one of our cedar trees, right outside our kitchen window. Although it wasn’t deeply concealed, we never would have noticed it if my husband hadn’t seen…

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animal meme

October 8, 2007

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Crap. I knew this would get to me eventually. An interesting animal I had. This is easy. I’ve had a lot of interesting animals. But probably the coolest were the two flying squirrels I rescued from a pet store which…

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Last year, the web site of the journal Nature posted a list of 50 popular science blogs, and bootstrap made the list. Now the weekly magazine The Scientist is also compiling a list. I see at least one kind soul…

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another birding meme

August 23, 2007

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John tagged me with a birding meme. 1. What is the coolest bird you have seen from your home? Hmm. Although I see this species regularly, it was pretty cool and unexpected seeing our first yard American Woodcock rocketing over…

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8 random facts meme

July 10, 2007

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I’ve been tagged with the eight random facts meme by Birders on the Border. Clare strove to come up with things that were interesting and moderately modest. Not sure I have any of those left, considering I slogged through 50%…

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grand poo-bah

March 28, 2007

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Okay, so for the most part I’m really not into self-promotion. My tendency to focus on my work rather than myself has in some ways handicapped my career advancement. It has certainly not helped make the jobs of the development…

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