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Time for More 153s August 22, 2018

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As I work on a 365 project with some blog buddies, my goal for Route 153 is to post once a month. So here are some found 153s I’ve been saving up.

  • When I got home from my kd-lang-concert visit with Kim in March, I had $153 in my wallet.
  • While editing something in April, one of the endnotes read thusly: “Ed Shenk, Ed Shenk’s Fly Rod Trouting (Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1989), 153.
  • I watched a video on the Cornell website about the red-headed woodpecker, which clocked in at 1:53.
  • I watched a video on Netflix about its envelope history at the point at which it had 153 likes.
  • On my way to Portland in July, I passed a car from Colorado with a license plate that began 153.
  • Post 204 in my 365 project was exactly 153 words.
  • I was billed exactly $153 (see photo).
  • I stopped at a McDonald’s (only when I travel, I swear) for a pee and an iced coffee and was assigned number 153 (see photo).
  • I went with a friend to drop off her art at a show and walked by a piece called Sculpture #153 (see photo).



7BY2: Quarterly Report July 12, 2018

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Being in Maryland monthly for not-so-great reasons actually helped my quarter, especially when Tim was there too making sure we took some dedicated bird walks. One day we thought we heard a northern saw-whet owl and couldn’t quite believe it. It had been years. But the time of day was wrong. We tentatively put it on the list, but later heard a recording of a black-billed cuckoo and wondered if we’d made a mistake (its call sounding like part of the saw-whet’s). I have retracted this listing. And I wish I knew whether I heard a cuckoo.

Without further ado: belted kingfisher, wood duck, golden-crowned kinglet, white-throated sparrow, long-tailed duck, osprey, killdeer, northern flicker, great-crested cormorant, eastern phoebe, ruby-crowned kinglet, Savannah sparrow, tree swallow, brown-headed cowbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, eastern towhee, Wilson’s snipe, American woodcock, chipping sparrow, broad-winged hawk, yellow warbler, field sparrow, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, yellow-rumped warbler, common raven, chimney swift, rose-breasted grosbeak, house wren, common yellowthroat, northern parula, blue-gray gnatcatcher, worm-eating warbler, barn swallow, gray catbird, hermit thrush, ovenbird, great-crested flycatcher, green heron, solitary sandpiper, wood thrush, indigo bunting, northern rough-winged swallow, black-and-white warbler, Baltimore oriole, scarlet tanager, red-shouldered hawk, red-eyed vireo, Acadian flycatcher, brown thrasher, blue-winged warbler, prairie warbler, Cooper’s hawk, Carolina chickadee, bay-breasted warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, yellow-bellied flycatcher, warbling vireo, American redstart, eastern kingbird, eastern wood pewee, ruffed grouse, eastern whip-poor-will, snowy egret, great egret, glossy ibis, willet, lesser yellowlegs, cliff swallow, black-throated green warbler, ruby-throated hummingbird, barred owl.

Year-to-date count: 130. (2012: 102. 2013: 162. 2014: 102. 2015: 120. 2016: 104. 2017: 115.)

153 June 2, 2018

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Happy 153rd day of the year!

50: The Explanation Continues May 30, 2018

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On the eighty-seventh day of the year, I explained how I had been away from home twenty-four nights. On this, the one hundred fiftieth day of the year (hello, fellow 365ers!), I am reporting that that number has risen to fifty (I hit it a week ago). I am booking seven more days away, my monthly trip south, this time to help out my recently widowed mother.

One third of my days away this year. And no real vacation in sight.

Sprinkler Service May 26, 2018

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I have been to so many memorials of late that when I received a work e-mail with the subject line “Sprinkler Service June 5,” I immediately wondered Who’s Sprinkler?, and would I have to find room in the summer issue of the journal for his obituary?

It is, of course, an annual inspection of the system.

Two Birthday Limericks for Amy April 10, 2018

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An English professor–slash-writer
laughs loudly at things that delight her.
Her mirth is contagious—
guffaws so outrageous
we deliberately strive to incite her.

A woman wed ’midst the saguaros
bet wisely on happy tomorrows.
At fifty, still gorgeous,
Amy’s  heart  is enormous
and Ken never glances at bar hos.

7BY1: Quarterly Report April 1, 2018

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Of course, as soon as the calendar turns to January 1 and my annual list turns to zero, species begin to elude me. That kestrel that is always on Route 30 on the wire goes into hiding. Snow buntings play at the corners of my vision while I am driving and can’t stop and get my 99% certainty to 100. I hear a raven but forget to write it down, then decide to wait til I hear one again, and they remain quiet.

Still, I’m doing all right (for me, not for a serious birder), because I’m two species ahead of my best first quarter (all those trips to Maryland and one to Maine). Here they are:

Dark-eyed junco, hairy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, downy woodpecker, American goldfinch, red-bellied woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, house finch, Carolina wren, white-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, American crow, European starling, rock pigeon, mourning dove, northern cardinal, purple finch, red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, Canada goose, turkey vulture, herring gull, wild turkey, pileated woodpecker, eastern bluebird, snowy owl, mallard, American robin, northern harrier, short-eared owl, red-breasted merganser, common loon, surf scoter, house sparrow, common eider, northern mockingbird, common goldeneye, bufflehead, great black-backed gull, merlin, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, cedar waxwing, fish crow, bald eagle, common grackle, greater scaup, lesser scaup, common merganser, American wigeon, ring-billed gull, hooded merganser, snow goose, American kestrel, brown creeper, black vulture, great blue heron, northern shoveler.

I got the northern shoveler in Central Park.

Year-to-date count: 58. (2012: 40. 2013: 53. 2014: 40. 2015: 43. 2016: 56. 2017: 50.)

24: An Explanation March 28, 2018

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Today is the eighty-seventh day of the year, and I have spent twenty-four nights away from home.

I know that it is the eighty-seventh day of the year because (along with several of you) I’ve been doing another 365 project, writing allegedly daily this year. But because of all those nights away (and really, because of all the days), I have only written eighty-two things, and it’s a miracle that I’m not more behind than that.

I know that I have spent twenty-four nights away from home because I have spent twelve of those nights in my old hometown dealing with ailing/aging parents. I have spent five of those nights en route to and from that hometown. I have spent five nights in Portland with Tim on business. And I just spent two nights with a friend to go see a concert in the city—an actual treat to myself after all the working trips.

I am so far behind.

But there, for those of you not reading me elsewhere, is an explanation.

Stay tuned for the quarterly bird list.

153 in the Checkout Line February 25, 2018

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yesterday. I’m sure the woman whose groceries were just below the magazine rack was a bit concerned about what I might be up to.

A Birthday Limerick for Yesterday’s Fiftieth February 8, 2018

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Lamont, master of the deflection,
is at once mischief and pure convention.
His vast generosity
and jaunty jocosity
are proof that he’s paying attention.