When I started blogging last May, I feared that inevitable moment when nothing I had done over the week warranted a blog posting. I knew this would arrive sometime in the winter and by golly here we are. I have been working almost exclusively on my passenger pigeon book the past month, which [...]
Earlier I wrote of my trip to Saginaw to examine the papers of William Butts Mershon, who among many other things was the first great historian of the passenger pigeon. He loved the out of doors, and pursued hunting and fishing with all the vast resources at his disposal. He was a self-admitted “game [...]
Frank Abderholden of the Waukegan News just sent me these amazing photos of a black-billed magpie, golden eagle, and red fox, purportedly taken by a hunter in Montana using a camera phone. The photographer is unidentified.
My last surviving parent died last January. I talk occasionally to my sister in Arizona and I keep in touch with one cousin who lives locally. Otherwise, the longest continuous thread in my life is as a birder and particularly my participation in Christmas Bird Counts. I went on my first CBC in 1967, a [...]
After two very wet CBCs, I was quite pleased that the Waukegan count, held on January 1, would be dry. But there was a catch associated with this, my final count fo the period: the day was bitterly cold. When I met my group, Tim Wallace and Jennifer Schmidt, to go owling at Old School [...]