A recent opinion piece in The Virginian-Pilot, Virginia's largest daily newspaper, began with the words: "First of all, thank you for reading." I'd like to begin, here, the same way. First of all, thank you for reading. I mean that, sincerely. "We've mentioned the passing of Caroll Spinney and our love for Big Bird, but … Continue reading A Few Words About Birds
You've seen, and have hopefully enjoyed, the bird and people photos in the previous blog, "The Year 2018 in Pictures." Now, let's take a look at the 2018 "Elizabeth River Critters List" photos as well, which feature everything from butterflies and blue crabs to dragonflies and dolphins. Please remember that each can be enlarged by … Continue reading The Year 2018 in Pictures, Cont’d
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
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.
This adult Bald Eagle shot, courtesy of Vic Laubach, who also provided the Broad-winged Hawk kettle shot in "To October," is for our U.S. military veterans, as we continue to pay tribute. As I stated in the last blog, "Thank you for all you have done to keep us safe." We'll take a closer look at Vic's flight shot in an upcoming blog.
I thought, but only momentarily, about calling the new blog "Birds Soar; Skins Sore," an article headline in the 11/5 Virginian-Pilot. The article didn't appear in the "Wildlife and Nature" section. And it wasn't authored by Mary Reid Barrow. "Birds Soar; Skins Sore" was about the Atlanta Falcons defeating the Washington Redskins. A particularly sorry football game.
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.