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Splitting Jays

Heinlein said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.* He must not have been a birder. When the American Ornithological Union met this year, many birders added a new species to their life lists without even leaving their … Continue reading

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Another Bird to See

We interrupt this blog for an exciting, bird-related announcement. It seems incredible that an animal as large as a thrush could go unnoticed until now, but scientists have recently discovered a new species of thrush! It was separated from, and … Continue reading

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Planning the Planting

With the hardscape decided, it’s finally time to consider the plants—my favorite part! Since our home came with a certificate good for a free garden design (e.g., they make you pay for it in the price of the house), I … Continue reading

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From Dirt to Soil

Three weeks have now passed since we took ownership of our new house. Three weeks of lugging heavy furniture from room to room until it looks “right”—or ends up in the “to sell” pile. Three weeks of unpacking boxes only … Continue reading

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Oops! I Forgot to Mention That

Last spring, our daughter and son-in-law moved into their first home. For the first time, she has a yard of her own. And being my daughter, of course she couldn’t wait to grow her own veggies. Although they moved in … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Beer Bottle?

“Look! A Prairie Falcon!” Eva was jumping up and down, pointing at a medium-sized light blob on a near-by lightpost. “Wow, what a great bird to start our day!” she enthused. We had just met up to go birding, and … Continue reading

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How to Help a Newbie

“I’m interested in learning how to watch birds. How can I get started?” The question was music to my ears. Who doesn’t love to share their passion with someone else? It wasn’t so long ago that I was a new … Continue reading

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