Birds are Back

Spring is always such a fun time to watch birds — we always get a few unusual birds stopping by in addition to the usual suspects starting to pair up for nesting. This high-stepping towhee pranced through the grass beneath our feeders, looking for early insects. With those long legs, you can see that TowheesContinue reading “Birds are Back”

Some Good News

It’s been a discouraging couple of years when you look at global climate change. The news seems to just keep getting worse, and nothing seems to be getting done. That said, the United States reached a milepost that nearly slipped by me without any fanfare at all. Fanfare is called for: On April 8, 2022,Continue reading “Some Good News”

110 Mile-per-hour Winds Drive Fire

Updated 12/31/2021 9:56 Winds as high as 110 miles per hour pushed a grass fire far faster than a car can drive, jumping the length of a football field in seconds yesterday in the Front Range towns of Superior and Louisville. Up to 600 homes have been destroyed, but as of this writing, no fatalitiesContinue reading “110 Mile-per-hour Winds Drive Fire”

Wildlife Still Active

First, a correction to my last post: Although we got a solid inch of snow, Denver proper did not. We are 800 feet higher than Denver, and frequently get precipitation when they don’t. The take-home? Denver has blown past the previous record for latest snow fall, with no relief in sight. As of November 30,Continue reading “Wildlife Still Active”

Latest First Snow On Record

We got our first snow last night. It wasn’t much — exactly an inch as measured on our porch railing. But we were all celebrating. Why? Our last snow was 218 days ago, our fifth longest snow-less stretch. Last night’s snow also marks a new record of latest first snow on record. As somebody IContinue reading “Latest First Snow On Record”

PATTERN RECOGNITION – SEEING WHAT OTHERS DON’T

Because dyslexics use your creative right brains more, that side gets very strong. This strength may let you soak up patterns of things that you see, and processes that you imagine. Dyslexics link ideas together in different ways – instead of following a “logical” step-by-step sequence, you might see a pattern or similarities and likenesses.Continue reading “PATTERN RECOGNITION – SEEING WHAT OTHERS DON’T”

2021 Pika Patrol, Part 2

Last week my husband and I made our way up to the other pika site outside of Leadville, and above Turquoise Lake we’ve been monitoring for the Colorado Pika Project. The day before the high country got a dusting of snow, but our day started with beautiful clear skies. Perfect for a moderately challenging 3Continue reading “2021 Pika Patrol, Part 2”

Where have all the birds gone?

Look at this picture. Look at it closely. Count the number of birds in it. How many did you find? If you counted zero, nada, zilch, you are not alone. Since before Thanksgiving, I have seen very few birds at our feeders. In an email to Hugh Kingery, of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver,Continue reading “Where have all the birds gone?”

Hungry Hummer Can’t Wait

By Wednesday night, we’d had four inches of rain on Green Mountain, and the birds were cold, wet and hungry. The hummingbirds seemed especially desperate, as I suspect that all that rain has diluted the nectar in the flowers. The hummers were haunting our feeders, which I noticed, actually had more liquid in them thanContinue reading “Hungry Hummer Can’t Wait”