Bird Observations

The american dippers (Cinclus mexicanus) that frequent Indian River near its mouth were singing today as I made my way through the forest towards the river bank. I later saw two of them wading in different parts of the river. I imagine that they were feeding. I hoped to see a kingfisher as I had … Read more

Remains of a Bird

While on a walk today, I noticed a two or three feathers and thought that it seemed odd to find them there. As I looked around, I noticed more and more feathers and it occured to me that perhaps a bird had died in the area and its feathers had been blown about or moved … Read more

Riverside Raven

While taking a brief walk paralleling Indian River today, I observed a raven along the opposite shore walking along the edge of the water. It was headed downstream, periodically poking its beak into places, but I could not tell what it was getting. Another raven landed in a branch above the first and made some … Read more

Some Bird Observations

Yesterday afternoon I put Connor in his backpack and went for a walk down to the beach and then around Totem Park. Near the hatchery we saw two common merganzers, a male and a female. Earlier in the week I had seen an additional male, and I wondered if it was still hanging about somewhere. … Read more

Trumpeter Swans

I had heard and seen pictures of trumpeter swans wintering along the shore near town, but had not seen them until yesterday. A pair of them flew a few circles around the Sheldon Jackson quad in the afternoon when I was walking home. I am not sure why they were doing that, but I could … Read more

Indian River Trail to Old USGS Water Survey

[originally written in a paper journal, subsequently published on my older site. Current (2014) commentary in [italics] ] Things are much more damp today after the rains of yesterday. I hiked up Indian River Trail, but not very far. I went through the muskeg from the bench to the old USGS water survey. I took … Read more