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October at Mt Eccles

Beyond the cratered lake the water table is full,
hollows and lava tunnels overflow,
every surface reflecting the woods.

On lava, cool and solidified,
the Blackwood’s furrowed trunks… 64 more words



The winter bird diversity is starting to take over in Yamhill County.  I did see a couple dozen Barn Swallows today but they’ll soon vanish from view. 326 more words


Seeing the Light

I frequently include moths in this blog and this is because we regularly run a moth trap at Blashford Lakes, but it is also an important part of the species recording program on the reserve. 351 more words

Northern Shoveler [Anas clypeata] ~ 2016 #44

I did miss last Monday’s post as I took the Victoria Day weekend off from blogging. It was a good weekend consisting of a little bird watching (including finding a new spot, admiring ducklings/goslings and finding a lifer!), house cleaning, organizing the past few months’ pictures (an important task which I’ve fallen behind), playing video games (ie- Minecraft with my son) and (after my son went to bed) binge watching Season 5 of Game of Thrones. 178 more words

British Columbia


Spring Canyon has 4 ponds of differnt sizes, a half-mile long slough and acres and acres of wetlands. This spring has been one of the best for birds there since I started birding nearly 5 years ago. 18 more words


Getting 'Otter

The last couple of days have really warmed up and you get the feeling that spring has really set in. The oak trees are coming into leaf and well before the ash too, so if you believe the rhyme we should be in for a warm summer. 454 more words

First Flowering

I was acting as substitute Jim today as he is on leave, it made a change to be on the reserve on a Saturday and a very pleasant one, in the fine spring sunshine. 523 more words