Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Don't Underestimate The Wise Old Owl

I recently bought a new laptop at a chain store. They wanted me to pay for all sorts of programs and services that would have doubled the price of the laptop. I did not want to give the satisfaction of soaking me for the extra money but was disappointed at how slowly it ran when I got home.

I like to have breakfast at the local diner at 6am on weekends and chat with the old timers who always show up as the restaurant opens. One guy gave me a tip about a computer repair guy that he said was very reasonable. It was in a sketchy part of town and the computer repair guy was about 80 years old. I decided to give it a shot despite my skepticism. It turned out to be a great move as he got my computer running great for 30 bucks along with instructions on how to keep it running fast.

 I always thought of the younger generation as being the computer experts but on the other hand I have more trust in the older generation. It made me think about how we tend to prejudge situations whether we realize it or not.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

I'll Miss These 2 Birds In The Winter

 This a place they call Del Reeves Marsh which is located out in the Meshomasic State Forest. It's a beautiful place to visit but is a little rough on my Corolla getting out there on those forest roads. They've spotted some interesting birds here including kites and recently an Olive-side Flycatcher.
 I didn't get any photos of rare birds like that today but I did come across one of the hundreds of catbirds I've seen over the summer. I'm taking them for granted right now but I thought I'd take at least one more good look at one because I know I'll be missing their inquisitive nature and smorgasbord of calls when winter arrives.
There are herons by the dozens now but they too will be scarce during the winter months. It's funny how the mind works. As despised as House Sparrows are around here, we would be searching high and low for them if they ever became extinct.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Birding In Forgotten Places

  I walked along some old places like unused railroad tracks and abandoned bridges to nowhere.
 There were some birds around like this flicker in a tree.
 I watched this hawk chase a Belted Kingfisher 3 times. Each time the Kingfisher skimmed the river and left water in its face.
Then there was a Chipping Sparrow just sitting on an old patch of tar. Visiting places I used to walk as a kid in the 70's seemed like the perfect way to get in some end of summer birding.