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Highlights from Recent Reading

Like their Puritan ancestors whose banner they carried, these citizen-soldiers of Massachusetts were very clear about their purposes. They called to mind Oliver Cromwell’s plain russet-coated captain, who knew what he fought for, and loved what he knew. Many years … Continue reading

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A Choice of Loons

In the past few days, other birders have reported Pacific and Red-throated Loons on Lake Pueblo and Common and Yellow-billed Loons at Chatfield. To go for all four would involve at least four hours of driving, so I decided to … Continue reading

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Bird Every Bird

I was driving home from work this afternoon. It was an overcast, chilly, unprepossessing day, and I had no greater ambitions than to crash for the evening. I drove past the pond on Black Squirrel Creek and saw a small … Continue reading

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Finally!

It was two years and one day ago that somebody first found the Western Screech-Owl at Clear Spring Ranch in extreme southern El Paso County. It would have been a lifer for me then, and I drove the 32 miles … Continue reading

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Bobcat

It was the final break on the final day of the conference. I was footloose and fancy free from 3:00 until 4:15. But it was hot, as it had been all week. The daytime temperatures were around 85° and the … Continue reading

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Reptile/Amphibian #30 — Brown Anole

anolis sagrei Wednesday, January 15, 2020 — 3:30 pm Orlando, Florida — Disney Springs I zipped over to Disney Springs from my hotel one afternoon for about half an hour to see if a Roseate Spoonbill was hanging about. I … Continue reading

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Bird #553 — Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

dendrocygna (from dendron, tree, and cygnus, swan) autumnalis (belonging to autumn) Wednesday, January 15, 2020 — 7:23 am Winter Garden, Florida — Newton Park on Lake Apopka I was hoping to see these ducks, but eBird sightings at Newton Park … Continue reading

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Bird #552 — Snail Kite

rostrhamus (from rostrum, beak, and hamus, hook) sociabilis (sociable, gregarious) Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 7:06 a.m. Winter Garden, Florida – Newton Park on Lake Apopka I traveled to Orlando with a group from my work for the Children’s Pastors’ … Continue reading

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