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this is where we went
For the most important reason of the season


Christ the Lord is born
. Joy to the world - peace to all and hope for all man kind
Merry Christmas



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12/3/16 10:31 A

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It was a very wet Dalhouise walk yesterday



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11/26/16 7:22 P

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Eye surgery finished













Lunch








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11/21/16 3:30 P

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Eye surgery postponed until this Friday..
So I went for a walk this morning just before a light sprinkle of rain fell.























Well I am a happy person and I think the Dalhouise is happy too



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11/18/16 4:47 P

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No pond walk today, probably not tomorrow either as I need laser eye surgery in Vancouver.
It is very dark and gloomy with a slight sprinkle of rain here in Squamish today. It's a couch day.



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11/12/16 6:32 P

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Dalhouise has a new rain coat















A quick review of my rainy wet Dalhouise walk this morning



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10/31/16 9:06 P

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First Monday off - time to walk around the pond before we go for a noontime swim then a doctor appointment. ( my blood pressure is perfect says the doctor... but what's with my heart?)
Well in the next coup,e of days I'll go to the hospital to get blood work and a chest X-ray - in the mean time he wants me to take baby aspirin once a day..
I went to the doctor for my two year annual check up and to have him refer me to a specialist about the pain in my left knee -- from car accident.

Well back to my morning rain walk with the Dalhouise..









American Dipper





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10/3/16 11:44 P

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Wow. Here it is October and I'm down to the last few weeks.
It's been a very long and stressful year this year, I wonder if I'll be going back next year?



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9/2/16 10:04 A

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Summer camp ended.. And it seems summer weather has too. Windy, cool much cooler and rain has come. This didn't stop me from having a great three days off. Will try to post later some pictures... Now I'm back in the kitchen preparing food for "fat camp" I mean family camp.



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8/11/16 10:55 P

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Just stopping in to say hello



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7/19/16 11:31 P

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The season keeps crawling forward.. I do have a good front of the house coordinator now but the dishwasher boys are driving us all crazy. There is hope of improvements- when is October?

I had two days off together with my wife and we left camp and went to our condo. Today is my mothers birthday so we celebrated it with her.
Yesterday we drove to Vancouver and watched Tarzan, I enjoyed it.
Here are a few pictures of our weekend..
mom is 80

family

Noni made this cake

BBQ











Well 165 hungry campers are arriving tomorrow for the next two weeks.. Back to the grind.



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6/22/16 10:23 A

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Spring contract is ending - phew I survived the most stressful season yet at camp for me -- Monday summer season begins - hopefully it is better... But first I must survive a BBQ Thursday for 175+ and another one on Friday for 350+ . There is a weekend off the last one Noni and I have together until --- whom knows when.....




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6/7/16 1:05 A

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I'm still alive, been dealing with so much stress at work this season,,





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5/23/16 11:40 P

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Celebrating Victory Day






















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5/17/16 2:53 P

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Sunday was my turn to work - Noni was off... I was to have the whole day off on Saturday but I couldn't leave Noni all alone so I worked in the morning to help her out then I went to the Vancouver area... Sunday after lunch was finished I was off, so Noni and I went to Stanley Park to ride together.. Surprisingly what one can do with your free time if you actually get moving...



















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5/16/16 11:31 P

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Part two

















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5/15/16 12:06 A

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I have been out riding whenever I can get away from the kitchen












( part one)



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5/1/16 1:14 P

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Just spun 50 for the team.
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Hi not many one here. Anyway Happy May Day. emoticon
Take care I care and good birding.
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4/9/16 10:56 A

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Taxes done and rebate in my bank account already.
I'm at camp now ..







just a tad chilly 14c inside



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4/6/16 12:32 A

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My commute to and from work
turkey vulture

bald eagle

spotted towhee









Then I had to clean and cook lunch





Time for home




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3/27/16 7:51 A

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. Dark eyed Junco



I think a Western Flowering Dogwood

Skunk Cabbage

a Dalhouise



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3/23/16 5:24 A

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So yesterday I took Noni up to the highlands where Dalhouise and I had hiked at the beginning of February. We did the same rout s without getting lost this time. What I noticed was it seemed so much shorter to reach the end point then when I did it the first time. Much more comfortable hiking in known territory then going into the unknown.

So these are our signs of Spring bursting upon our beings, and take note of the Dalhouise wallowing in a little creek bed..



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3/18/16 7:46 A

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This days was the first time this year that Noni came out riding with me. I'm sure it won't be the last, but our days are numbered for the freedom to just drop everything and go out to enjoy the sunshine and warmth. Camp season for me begins in about 15 days and 20 days for Noni. I really hope that this year I do get more opportunity and have energy to go out riding / walking / hiking more during the summer then I have had in the last few seasons. Still trying to figure out why my handheld GPS and computer won't work together - haven't geocache in so long now which makes me sad.

do you ever feel like your just an old rusty body of rusted pile of nuts and bolts?



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3/16/16 10:40 P

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spotted Towhee

Long Billed Dowitcher

Wood Ducks

Pigeons

Greater Scaup

Sandhill Crane

Today we took a drive to Vancouver - to do some shopping at Costco and to take a walk at Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Sunny and warm - a perfect day

Skunk cabbage





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3/2/16 5:46 P

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Was surprised it wasn't raining this morning- so out the door we went before Mother Nature could change her mind. Well we were lucky because as we returned to the car there was a light rain fall




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2/21/16 11:49 A

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Motivation to get outside







Not sure what the plan is for today yet. First we have church, then there is a church fellowship luncheon - then it is unclear. Was talk about us going to Vancouver- but I think we will do this Tuesday- so we might go explore a trail this afternoon if the rains hold off.



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2/10/16 6:39 P

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Finally I can post pictures - been trying for three days.
So in spite of fears, Noni and I have been taking the Dalhouise out to explore and enjoy sunny days.



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2/3/16 4:58 P

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I decided to take a peak to see what I have in my daypack. There is a whistle not showing and my hiking stick has a bear bell on it.

Am I missing anything? Or should I remove anything? I do live in the mountains, with Cougars and Bears



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2/2/16 11:29 A

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I kept my opens for owls or other birds - seen and heard nothing but the distant thud of construction











It was a sunny day - get away from the TV, get off the couch, put the iPad on the table - go outside




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1/29/16 7:13 A

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I wish I could post a video - it is so adorable Dalhouise eating from the spoon.
My FB and instagram has a video.

Noni wanted to give Dalhouise the left over rice from our restaurant meal ... I say he won't eat it. She mixes it with the beef juice and a couple of beef chunks and we get our doggie container. Well here is the proof - I was wrong - first time in my life honest......
Dalhouise did eat all of it but only after she fed it to him from the spoon. When we offered the container he just turned his nose away in discuss






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I was sitting on the couch.. Enjoying the birds feeding on my balcony watching the morning pass by... It was sunny... Then it became cloudy ... Noni said it was going to rain... I better get my butt out the door. Dalhouise and I bundle up with our rain gear and head out..
We ended up walking the shoreline of the Manquam River down to the Squamish River.















Bald Eagle

Meadow Lark

Great Blue Heron

Sea Gulls

American Dipper







Now I am home back on the couch.. Watching over 40 Pine Siskins feed at my feeders with a few flurries of snow falling.
I hope you enjoyed our little hike



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We have sun, not too cold.. So I asked Noni do you want to walk around the pond or hike around Brohm Lake. Once I was off the couch it was easier for me to make a decision as Noni wasn't giving me any clear directions.






Those stairs were a little tricky going up and down





are you hiking or taking pictures?









. I will be sore tomorrow..



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1/7/16 5:48 P

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This day began alittle dreary, I didn't have too much motivation to get outside.. Dalhouise didn't care about this mood - he wanted his walk. After Noni and I did go to the swimming pool - the pool felt cold today. The hot tub seemed extra hot.

Douglas Squirrel



















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1/5/16 10:36 P

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This morning went for a quick walk around the block.. It looked like rain was coming.. It began to snow - snowed all day.. There went my idea of driving to Vancouver to go to the movies - Star Wars..
I sat on the couch all day... Noni made bread - I put a pork shoulder in a crock pot ...
Around five I decided I needed to get outdoors so out we went..




Pine Siskin

Fox Sparrow



We went out for an evening walk - lots of snow all day











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Dalhouise takes his human out for a walk in his backyard



















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. Great Blue Heron

Mallard Ducks

Hooded Merganser

Bald Eagle





We are having some snow. I take Dalhouise outside. We walk on lease until we clear civilization - I let him go free and he turns around and head backs home.. I catch up replace the lease and continue on our walk. Half way around the pond walk I let him go free again.. We walk enjoying the snow till we get to the turning point.. One way is a long way home and one is short... Dalhouise takes the short trail..
What a funny dog !



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12/25/15 10:18 A

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Christ the Saviour is born



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12/24/15 11:05 A

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Not very cherry out there ..



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So the Dalhouise is a happy puppy once more... He can go walking with Dad again










I have missed my daily walks..




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12/16/15 12:21 A

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I am stressed..and Noni occupies her self
She has made this all from scratch - even drawing her own patterns.



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I seen this and I'd it as a Snow Bunting... I posted it on Facebook as such and one of my bird friends said it could be a McKay Bunting. - which is a rare bird




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12/2/15 3:55 P

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Forever spring, I am not sure about that but it sure smells that way today. We had -2c degree temperature for a couple of days and now that it is plus 5c the ground smells of life and earthly things. You know that wonderful odours that occur after a rainfall.. Forever spring

















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11/27/15 8:04 P

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Oh Dalhouise
We came back from our walk today and he grabbed his toy out of his toy box and began to roll and roll around on the carpet. I guess he was a happy old dog.

. I thought I was being watched



. A little frozen





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11/25/15 11:29 P

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The sunshine makes all the difference in the world. This morning Noni, Dalhouise and I walk for two hours along the Squamish River enjoying our time off together.
Later in the afternoon I go out the door alone to ride a different part of the Squamish River. I think I went too far and too late as it was quite dark when I returned.




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In my mind's eye I am in some far away location on a sandy beach frolicking in the waves.
There is no plans to travel this year, I do wish however I am in some place warm... And just think winter hasn't even began to show its ugly head.. Well maybe a little as it was -2c this morning.




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Come up to Squamish the Eagles are arriving..




So late in the afternoon Noni and I go on a bike ride. I was planning to go myself but all of sudden she has her jacket on and is coming. I didn't mind, but it made me change my route because she is scared to drive on the roads, so with her I need to stay on the bike paths.










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This morning earlier than normal Dalhouise and I went out the door to walk a different route.





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The sun was out.. So out the door Dalhouise and I go for a 90 minute walk.



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Dalhouise and I just came home from a quick morning walk.. 7c out side with a few sprinkles of rain falling. Soon I must go pick up my mother... We are going to drive 65 km to Vancouver to eat lunch at Swiss Chalete to celebrate our 6th year wedding anniversary with Noni.
After we eat we will go to one of the malls so that Mom can do some Christmas shopping. I hope to buy Noni some rain pants and possibly shoes for the both of us.

Terrorist .. I always now have this inner fear / anxiety / concern of being shot or blowup when I go to crowed areas.. Not only terrorist but sick wackos are in the big cities.. I like my smaller towns ... But just like the fear of Cougars , Bears - I gotta go




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Today - this morning after watching the Remembrance Day Service on TV from Ottawa Ontario, I took Dalhouise out for his morning stroll. If all goes as I plan, I want to hop on my bike later today and go for a cycle while we still have sun shine and warm temperatures .

So come along with Dalhouise and I....























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Together with Noni and Dalhouise we go for a stroll.
But first it was to the bank - visit with Mom - after the stroll to the pool but first Dalhouise was dropped back at home to watch the birds coming to the feeders on our balcony.

So let's do a recap the stroll with the family ...


























So that was yesterday - I wonder where I might go today?



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Dalhouise,is not adjusting to the time change - he can't understand at 9 am I don't take him out.. 10am is his normal time.. Everyday at camp I would go let him out..

Today I will walk with him and then the plan is to go to the swimming pool.
I have been bird watching from my comfortable chair in the living room

Pine Siskin

House Finch

Northern Flicker

Stellar Jay

Darkeye Junco

Spotted Towhee

Blackcap Chickadee. Haven't been able to get a good photo yet of these fast little flighty birds




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10/30/15 9:26 A

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So sore, not from hiking but from cleaning the kitchen and packing and unpacking the car.
Yes - today is the last day to cook, the last day of this camp season, and it is Friday...
Been too busy really ro let all this sink in... But Today. This day I begin a six month weekend.
This day is also my last pay cheque also.. Well that doesn't cheer me up to much... Monday I will have to go into the government office and fill out so many forms to apply for employment insurance .. Never like this process... But so thankful it is available to us
Well I better get going, I have hungry staff waiting for breakfast.




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Well this is it, my last five days of working at camp till next year that is if the owner is renewing my contract. I always have some dout if he will or not... I am not the greatest people person, especially working 40 plus hours seven days a week. My meals are always great, on time, enough quantity, guality and variety enough.. But I exspect a high standard of work to be done by the dish crew and this is where all the trouble lies. The clinents are well fed and I am very good at keeping them happy with all their demanding meal requirements and pickiness.
We went from only one dishwasher when I began 7 years ago to 4 this year and they still have issues with doing the job at hand.. I don't have respect for young workers who agree to work but just want to sit around or talk to their peers or go play with the children, Do the job you were hired to do.. And so it well.
Oh well three days of feeding 80 to 100 people and two days of feeding 20 staff as we clean and store - closed down the kitchen ...

Yesterday was not a good walking day.. I did take Dalhouise out in the morning... But after that.. Church... A visit with mom .... Home and a long long nap.... That turned into a movie then a sleep
Now it is Monday morning and I must pack up and return to the camp... One more time ...
-- oh I hear that the Internet at camp might not be working till next week - this sucks ...



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Next day ... The floor has been vacuumed - I was able to repair it.. The couch is useable once more and my car is ready for winter now... To top it off after waking up early.. Going back to bed I had a nice sleep in, only to be woken by Noni with a cup of coffee in hand.

Dahouise and I went out the door for a nice hour and half walk .



















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Today is an off day. I get a three day weekend... Hurray!
Wake up early to take my car to the dealership for the winter tune up and to rotate my winter tires onto the car. A couple of hours later I am phoned and told it is ready. I walk Dalhouse to pick it .. I'm told I have a leaky rear axisle 400 dollars - no it has to wait I want a second opinion.
I also need a 40 dollar inner air filter - OK - replace that. I pick up my keys and return to camp to store my tires. At camp as I reach for the tires in the back - they are my winter tires... They forgot to rotate them on.... I am extremely ticked off.... I phone them from camp... Bring it back and they will fix it now.. This drive to camp and back is 45 minutes each way... Not helping my stress levels on my off day...
Our vaccum belt broke and I am stressing as I take it apart trying to fix it.. I am not good with stuff like that ... I'm a chef ..
Earlier I had to do some repairs to our couch.. Springs were loosen and my wife has been nagging me to fix it since last year.. And so I did it today as well ... I think I fixed it.. So she should be happy now.. The vaccum still needs a new belt ...

Now I get to sit on my chair - watch some TV and try to relax...
Watching Star Trek helps a lot ...
Later I'll have to go and walk Dalhouise some more - looking for birds..



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Today's seen birds while we were out


I managed to almost get an whole afternoon movie in today sitting on the couch, before the Dalhouise demanded an outside walk. I was watching Marley and Me... So sad and looking at my Dalhouise knowing he getting up there in age as well I just had to take him out and enjoy a walk with my wife and Dalhouise.










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Today was a good day to get off the couch and be outside.














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I decide to eat my lunch on the deck next to our camp kitchen, I sit down, ah my water is still on the counter, I go into the kitchen to get it and when I turn around my lunch is being ate by a Stellar Jay



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American Dipper

a Sparrow of some kind

Stellar Jay

Darkeyed Junco



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