August 15, 2022 Items I always carry in my car: sleeping bag, toolbox, binoculars, first-aid kit, snake stick. Sometimes, especially this time of year, I use the latter more than any of the others (even more than the splints and bandages). The snake stick is a gift from my friend…
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August 12, 2022 This morning the hummingbird feeders are empty. It must be August. Bat season. I refill them, thinking it’s time to get the feeder cages…
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August 5, 2022 Nearly two inches of rain overnight has Banning Creek gushing through the Big Yard, spilling over gabions and clacking with…
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July 31, 2022 The yard hosted 56 species of birds this month, somewhat shy of last month’s 66 birds and July of last year’s 65. Highlights include July…
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July 22, 2022 Yesterday, I got a call from my neighbor while I visited my friend Dick Shelton in Tucson. “Are you home?” she asked. “No. Why?” “Because…
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July 15, 2022 I’ve recently returned from soaking in isolation at the East Fork of the Black River near Alpine, Arizona, a forested place of steep…
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July 5, 2022 Summer doldrums. The fray of thunderstorms stretches and relaxes into days of heat and calm...until the next monsoon frenzy. The…
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June 29, 2022 With the best and earliest start to the monsoon season underway—3.8 inches of rain—the well is pumping, the tanks are full, and the creeks…
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