Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Weekday Snapshots

For those modern anomalies, the non-retired birder,s it may often feel like we're just trying to survive from weekend to weekend, parallel to living paycheck to paycheck. Truly, is there anything more precious than time spent doing what one loves? I doubt it.
But in that mean time (in all senses of the word 'mean'), we do what we can to get by. Here are a couple odds and ends:

If you're feeling bold, brash, and hungry for wild honey...I know a place. 

An observation first, hummingbird feeding from a wild perch. They feed stationary at feeders of course, but I admire the ingenuity here. A very convenient ocotillo.

Most flycatchers are not sexually dimorphic. Most flycatchers are not as cool as Phainopeplas. Most Phainopeplas aren't as confiding as this female. Even she is bashful to the camera.

Burrowing Owls sure are leggy sons of the earth. Apparently they pursue prey on foot, like top-heavy Roadrunners, when not ambushing from the wing. I have never seen this, but would like to.


  1. That first paragraph resonates with all of us wage slaves--doubly so for those who share in your new life stage. Congrats btw!

    Truly, I have missed this blog. Maybe now that Laurence Skywalker has returned, the bird blogosphere will emerge from its dark period...

    1. Shit man I feel like people have been CRUSHING IT in my absence, but all the same thank you for the warm welcome.

      Much like the Dark Ages, I bring minor improvement, so minor as to be perceived an un-threateningly lateral even, to the birding scape.

      I am trying for the SE Warblers tomorrow, though nobody saw Fan-tailed today. I shall look forward to your post, all the more so because my prospects aren't great.
      Sorry to have missed you in AZ Josh.