Bird Watching for the Disabled

Being temporarily dependent on a wheelchair for going any distance and committed to leading a bird walk , I wondered how I would handle the situation. I have always said that one of the nice characteristics of birdwatching is that it is accessible to almost anyone no matter their physical…

Acorn Woodpecker

The Acorn Woodpecker is a common woodpecker  found in the western parts of California and Oregon and parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. All year where there are an abundance of oak trees, you will often see these woodpeckers displaying with their outstretched wings and calling with a distinctive…

The Cedar Waxwing

This is the time of year when you’ll see those sleek, silky-plumaged birds with small red tips on their wing feathers and a yellow edge on their tail swarming over your Pyracantha and other berry bushes. These birds are a mixture of brown, yellow, and gray and are distinguished by…

Disney World of Birds

[caption id="attachment_10062" align="alignleft" width="555"] Tiki birds from the Tiki Room[/caption]   Wherever I travel, I look for birds. Big cities, the suburbs, the sands of Namibia, and a few years back, Disney World. Disney World is huge, spread over 43 square miles and employing 50,000 people. Hordes of people, tens…

Flying in Flocks

[caption id="attachment_10042" align="alignleft" width="567"] Pelican flock[/caption] I was reminded by a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead that it’s that time of year again – migration. As the days lengthen as winter wanes, birds in northern climes get restless and finally uproot themselves from their southerly wintering areas. It’s always…

Bluebirds of Happiness

Bluebirds have become associated with happiness partly because of Native American legends but mostly because of the song “Bluebird of Happiness” written in 1934. And you may be familiar with the line “Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder”, from “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” There are three species of bluebirds in North America: the Western…

Archeopteryx and Evolution

[caption id="attachment_8835" align="alignleft" width="548"] Archeopteryx bavarica[/caption] Recent surveys indicate that only about 40% of American adults believe that evolution is a scientific fact. According to the latest survey of the PEW Research Center,"Roughly six-in-ten U.S. adults (62%) say humans have evolved over time, according to data from Pew Research Center’s…