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When is Change a Good Thing?

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How do Birds Create their Joyous Song?

Bird songs awaken me most every morning. It’s usually a Northern mockingbird with a varied repertoire mimicking other bird songs and sometimes even mechanical sounds. Occasionally, another bird beats the mocker to first place. On sunny mornings, a tiny Bewick’s wren perches on the branches of the nearly-dead shrub outside my bedroom window. His song […]

Who Wins the Tug-of-War?

When an American Robin goes for an earthworm burrowing into the soil, the worm’s natural reflex is to eject its tail. So when the Robin pulls, it loses the tug-of-war. The worm remains safe and, over time, regrows its tail. Have you ever found yourself in a struggle? Did you feel a bad choice yanked […]

Do You Doggy Stretch?

My family has been blessed with several beagles in my life. If you’ve ever been around a beagle when it rises from sleep, you will see it stretch down on its front legs and then back on its hind legs. And, of course, there is usually a look up to see if you will reach […]

How Do Ducks Stay Afloat?

We know ducks and geese float. We see them on streams, rivers and lakes. But how do they stay afloat when other birds, like the Magnificent Frigatebird, would sink on water? Ducks and geese have a special gland that produces oil. As a duck preens, oil spreads over its feathers. The oil coating makes the […]

Chase Day, Fan-tailed Warbler

IT WAS THE WORST, IT WAS THE BEST August 17, 2007 began as a normal day—for a birder. I sat by the window with breakfast and binoculars. Opened up my laptop, went to check the listserv for the latest bird sightings. I perused the Texas listserv. There was a report of the usual migrating August […]

The Number One Secret of Great Birders

The first time I joined an organized field trip with my local Audubon Society, I discovered a secret about being a birder. Great birders fall. Literally. Our eyes are on the skies and the tops of trees. We don’t focus on the pothole or the branch lying across the path, we watch the action above. […]

What Cancer did for me

Weavers are a family of birds that build various sizes of nests with entry holes facing downward. The Sociable Weaver’s nest may weight up to 1 ton. 1 ton.  Imagine it! To really appreciate all the variations of weaver’s nests, visit Amazing photos  When I see a weaver’s nest, I think of my life. Each […]

And the Birds were Silent

I live near a Naval Air Station. From my patio,  I often watch jets and planes flying low as they come in for landing a few miles from me. If I happen to be inside and hear the noise of an approach, I run to the door and go out to admire the majestic aircraft […]