The Spirit of the River

We are officially ending the series on bird flight. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something. If you got something out of it, I'd love to hear from you. I learned a lot myself while doing the research. Please recall that our 6-blog flight series began with "Designed to Fly" and … Continue reading The Spirit of the River

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See a Plane, Thank a Bird

There's usually a "quip, question, or quote" at the end of each blog post. But this time, the quip is the title of our 29th blog. Birds' Amazing Flight Skills At the end of "Designed to Fly," the first blog in our continuing bird flight series, Glenn Butler made this comment, "Humans finally learned to … Continue reading See a Plane, Thank a Bird

Back into Flying

I read a story the other day about pilots who were returning to flying after they'd taken time off for various reasons (raising kids, financial trouble, health issues, etc.). They were referred to in the article as "rusty pilots." Aren't we rusty pilots as well? We devoted time to reading 4 blogs about bird flight, … Continue reading Back into Flying

Loose Ends

We'll continue to "interrupt this program"--our recent series of posts on bird flight--so that we can tie up a few loose ends. We'll resume our discussion of bird flight in the next blog, I promise. We'll call this our "loose ends," blog, then. And it will be shorter. They say that ideal blog length is … Continue reading Loose Ends

We Interrupt This Program

Hi, everyone. I'm glad you're continuing to read! This is blog #26, and we're going strong. If you'd like to read any of the first 25, and also learn a bit more about me, please visit the blog home here. We haven't given up learning about bird flight. We've devoted our last 4 blog posts … Continue reading We Interrupt This Program

Airborne

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, don't we? As a gesture of thanks, please consider giving to your favorite local charity or nonprofit on Giving Tuesday, 11/27. Consider making a donation to the Elizabeth River Project, and help it restore the Elizabeth River.

Designed to Fly

In the last blog (last photo), I posted a photo of an Osprey carrying a fish. It was lunchtime on the Elizabeth. That fish, caught in the waters just off Money Point in Chesapeake, VA, that former Elizabeth River "dead zone," appeared to weigh about as much as the Osprey. Heck, it likely weighed more! Here's another picture of the same bird a few wing beats--and a few burned calories--down the flight path. One wouldn't use "down the road" there.