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Dabbling pits

  The low water of March is the time to see freshly exposed mud spotted with dabbling pits. Why mud? Why dabbling pits? Turn back the calendar to the normal water level of the previous summer. Waves wash the sandy … Continue reading

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A crest would be a drag

  Only a few birds sport crests. A bird with a crest can raise or lower it, but will raise (erect) it to communicate aggression or sexual arousal. While a crest is sometimes lowered (collapsed) on a perched or floating … Continue reading

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Den failure

  I normally don’t post failures to my blog — there are just too many of them. And who wants to see a blurry picture where a coyote, say, has just left the frame?  However, this posting is about a … Continue reading

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Two mammals

  A glance along the list of recent postings (to the right) might lead one to suspect that this blog is classist: biased towards Class Aves; discriminating against Class Mammalia. The list shows many postings about birds, but only a few … Continue reading

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Speeding hare

  I did not realize how amazingly fast a hare can run. I watched two dogs chase a hare across a snow-covered field. The dogs were vastly outclassed. Now, I am not a fan of dogs running free in the … Continue reading

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Kaslo views

  Cameras were made for Kaslo. This picturesque village sits on a delta with its toes in Kootenay Lake and its head against the Selkirk Mountains. Its homes and historical buildings are well maintained, and the SS Moyie is a … Continue reading

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High-key redpolls

  There is an unusual form of lighting found in the natural world: the whiteout. When fog blankets a field of snow, the diffuse light leaves no shadows on nearby objects and the horizon vanishes between snow and fog. Enveloped … Continue reading

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Jus wanna be me

  Going my own way.  

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Perching imbalance

  I have long heard the question: Why don’t birds in a flock collide? It is an odd question in that it does not ask if they collide, but why they don’t collide. The short answer is: They do collide, … Continue reading

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Menu addition

  My father’s Shaeffer fountain pen. Essays, has been added to the above menu bar.  As the linked page notes: Sometimes a series of blog postings congeals into an essay. The page links to PDFs of recent ones. Some of these … Continue reading

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