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morning commute

Yesterday’s Phenology: Mostly a perfect day, temp in the 60s, sunny, beautiful. Only problem was the gusty wind coming out of the west, during my bike ride in particular. Still great time of year for birdwatching, though that won’t last much longer, as things are greening up. Saw a pair of kingfishers at the dogpark this morning. Heard a lot of cardinals and flickers, but saw nary a flicker, not a one.

Song of the day: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Sunfighter


sunny day

Yesterday’s Phenology: Very nice day; dog park in the morning was warm enough and mostly sunny. Lots of woodpeckers and cardinals at the dogpark, and a large raptor circling overhead, which I’m not sure what it was, but perhaps an osprey? Not an eagle. I don’t think a hawk, either. Very large, circling very gracefully. I’m not so good at identifying these raptors from below. Maybe it was a Condor? (kidding.) Very cool. Elsewhere on the Phenology front, the temp was probably in the upper 60s today, and we had a short thunderstorm in the late afternoon that dropped a lot of rain for about 15 minutes. Passing showers later on. Should get things greening up a bit.

Song of the Day: Paul Simon, Run That Body Down


early morning commute

Yesterday’s Phenology: A cool and overcast day. Have I mentioned that robins are everywhere? And cardinals? And that the Red-winged blackbirds are singing up a storm? I wonder where these guys spend their winters? This is prime birdwatching season, before all the leaves come out. Birds are on display.

Song of the day: Charlie Parker Quintet at Birdland, Ornithology


the clouds and the crows

Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, a grand day it was, if you like a little chill and a lot of clouds and a bit of mist and wood smoke in the air. Took a nice long walk with wee Flynn, we are not the speediest of pairs, with me stopping to take pictures now and again, and him needing to examine every tree and light pole and clump of grass and bit of hedge and so on and so forth. Still, we had a grand old time. Flickers mocked us from over head, we ne’er saw a one, but we saw a number of the cardinals and a bossy blue jay, and all the usual little brown ones, and crows and a stray sea gull. Lots of green shoots poking their heads up, and the grass is trying to green up a bit. Aye, tis Spring all right.

Song of the day:  Simon and Garfunkel, At the Zoo


stormy weather

Yesterday’s Phenology: A sunny chilly day. The temperature hung in the low 30s throughout the day, and there was an obnoxious breeze. Still, for March, it could be worse.

Song of the day, Lena Horne, Stormy Weather


crows in control

Yesterday’s Phenology: Positively nice. Mid 50s. Magical disappearance of most of pond ice and snow scraps. Cardinals and Red-winged blackbirds singing their morning songs.

Song of the day: Sheryl Crow, Everyday Is A Winding Road


Winter of the Crows – 18

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Again, mid 50s. Are those snow clouds over there? Crows tell us nothing.

Song of the day: Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, John Herrmann – Songs From The Mountain, The Blackest Crow