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Nonsummer July 29, 2016

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

I can tell it’s summer because it’s hot. I’m also guessing it’s summer because it seems like everyone’s getting a vacation. Except me. No vacation.

Instead of vacation, I’m getting the summer of job (and world-events) stress and anxiety. Instead of vacation, I’m putting money into some house projects.

There have been parties. There has been (too much) drinking. There have been concerts and theater. That’s been nice (although full calendars can also add elements of stress).

But there has been little play. Summer is for playing. I miss that.



5BY2: Quarterly Report July 1, 2016

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

It’s been almost a month since I listed a bird. The last one was a rogue snow goose, hanging out with Canada geese in Seneca Falls, across from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House. I was so surprised to see it that I attempted to get close enough to take a photo, whereupon I was promptly intimidated by a Canada goose protecting her goslings. I escaped unharmed.

May was good, of course, because migration.

Here’s the quarter: chipping sparrow, double-crested cormorant, eastern meadowlark, white-throated sparrow, tree swallow, rose-breasted grosbeak, eastern towhee, Wilson’s snipe, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, golden-winged warbler, northern flicker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, barred owl, yellow-throated vireo, gray catbird, common yellowthroat, house wren, eastern kingbird, indigo bunting, ruby-throated hummingbird, hermit thrush, chimney swift, bobolink, spotted sandpiper, Baltimore oriole, common loon, osprey, American woodcock, ovenbird, veery, solitary sandpiper, wood thrush, American redstart, blue-winged warbler, scarlet tanager, great-crested flycatcher, chestnut-sided warbler, barn swallow, eastern wood-pewee, red-eyed vireo, brown thrasher, field sparrow, broad-winged hawk, northern mockingbird, great blue heron, fish crow, snow goose.

Year-to-date count: 104. (2012: 102. 2013: 162. 2014: 102. 2015: 120.)