Category Archives: Birds

A More Common Flower at Solstice

Somehow it’s already the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere), when traditions prompt us to celebrate midsummer‘s fertility with festivals and bonfires. Earth’s rotational axis on this day tilts at its greatest incline toward the star that it orbits – … Continue reading

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In Winter Landscapes, the Promise of Spring

Imbolg (the ancient holiday also known as Candlemas, also celebrated here in North America as Groundhog Day) marks the lengthening days, the coming warmth and light, and the new growing season of spring. After the historic wildfires devastated Northern California … Continue reading

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Fire Stories and Signs of Hope

The evening of October 8 began strangely – we went outside and remarked on the warm, high winds. That night, the deadliest fire in state history blazed throughout northern California, awakening residents of multimillion-dollar homes as well as mobile homes … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice, with Pollinators

The Summer Solstice is here, appropriately in the midst of a terrible heatwave (although it’s now Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere). In the Northern Hemisphere the earth in its orbit tilts on its axis, facing the sun for the longest … Continue reading

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Ravens and Love in Point Reyes

After weeks of work, I was thrilled by a recent hike B. and I took to Point Reyes National Seashore, a spectacular stretch of the California coast and a very special place for us. After winding through woodlands of rushing streams … Continue reading

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The Mind of a Crow

Just after my avian-centric previous post, B. and I began to notice a newcomer to our front yard: A small crow, almost a black shadow, dragging his badly broken wing at his left side like a tattered flag, venturing in search of … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count

My first memory of an awareness of birds and their importance in our lives was – like so many things in my life – connected to my mother. She’d rescued a baby bird that fell from its nest in our backyard, and … Continue reading

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