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2/28/15 11:41 A

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Yesterday I finally went to the George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta BC. It was a fabulous day birding. The drive getting to it was not the most pleasant but all was forgotten in the joy of seeing so many birds, including three lifers.
I went hoping to see the Sandhill Crane, ( I did) but I also saw the Great Horned Owl and the Black crowned Heron.. Just amazing. My listed bird seen for the day ---- Trumpter Swans, American Coots, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails, Rock Doves, Euraisan Doves, Robins, Starlings, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Black capped Chickadees, Red wing Blackbirds, Great Blue Heron, Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers , Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Golden crown Kinglets, Anna Hummingbirds, Cooper Hawk, Bald Eagles, and Greater and Lesser Scaups.
I think that includes my list of the day - like I said it was a fabulous day.




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That was nice that your friend decided to let you in on the location of the owl, Marty! I also enjoyed the pics on your blog.

I did get to walk to work and back (well, I jogged in, walked home) on Thursday, and last night it snowed (finally!). Our XC area is closed, and no signs of if/when it will open again, but maybe my ski season is not quite over yet. Our yard looks so pretty, winter wonderland!

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2/26/15 8:33 P

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Nice photos on your blog! Very cool that you got to see the bird!

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2/26/15 7:22 P

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I contacted my friend who has been posting pictures of the Great Gray Owl. At first he was hesitant of telling me where.. Must have felt guilty because he called me late last night and gave good directions of where he has been seeing it. I wake up several times in the night with anticipation because of this new information. Up at six am - I am out the door just before seven and on the trail by 0710 hr hours. I walk with much hope building and failing as I begin to think I won't see it. I turn my head and there it is... I get two quick pictures before it flies away.. I am so pleased, so full of joy.... I seen it, that is all I needed and a picture as proof.
Later in the morning when walking with my wife we seen it again and Once again I was able to quickly snap a few more photos. I am a happy happy camper...



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2/25/15 8:32 P

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Watch out for those owls! www.fox4news.com/story/28097033/its-
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We did hit summer like weather earlier this month (a few days into the 70's!) but have cooled down the past few days, still no snow though! It will be sad if my ski season is over before it really began....

I have seen daffodils blooming this week as well! emoticon crazy!

Got my hike to work in yesterday, and will again tomorrow.

I've been on a couple of full moon hikes, they are lovely! Also have spent a few nights out in the back country (and a bit of it on the JMT), and while we did hear of a bear there, we never saw it! Mostly annoying critters that threaten your food supply, like marmots!

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2/25/15 7:02 P

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Oh yeah, night-time hiking is a pretty cool experience. I lead full-moon hikes a couple times a year and they are a big hit. Owls are pretty neat to see and hear, in fact we have called screech owls to our yard on several occasions. What a hoot that is! LOL!

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2/25/15 2:49 P

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Out the door to drive to the Estuary.. I have heard reports that a Great Grey Owl has been spotted in the area. People are being careful not to mention the exact spot.. So I went hiking at dusk last night two trails and then this morning I went out again and rehiked the two and another one. The last trail looked more promising with many ever green trees. No luck..
Nevertheless I enjoyed the hike.
It is a strange feeling last night walking in the woods in darkness. Oh the thoughts of bears, cougars, wolves and other things that go bump in the night..... That entered my mind..
Then I began thinking about the people who are about to through hike the PCT trail or the Appalachian trail. Months of wandering in the wilds - that would be scary..

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2/23/15 5:35 P

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Wow, Springtime already for you guys! Hooray! I have enjoyed this winter and will be sorry to see it go but I will also be extremely happy to be out on the dirt trails again and clean dry roads to run on.

Glad you are able to enjoy some warmth and hiking or walking. I got a good walk in this evening with my son before it got dark, but boy it is chilly!

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2/23/15 10:45 A

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No hiking but...
Spent several hours walking and sitting in Vancouver. Chinese New Year parade brought us to the big city and then we walked around afterwards looking and investigating different markets. Who needs to travel thousands of miles to get a taste of China when it is right in your backyard. On the other hand... This is only a taste of the real thing thousands of miles away - just wetting the appetite - a tease. Hmmmm I wonder if a future vacation to China should be in the making or not.



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2/23/15 10:20 A

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I'm still hoping for some more snow to head our way! Like Marty's area, spring has hit Reno early this year, we already have blooming and budding plants and trees, and it's February! Too early for winter to be done. We've also had quite a few 70+ days! I'm enjoying the sunshine and dry trails. but I love skate skiing, and was really hoping I'd get to use my ski pass more this year. Glad you are able to enjoy some snow sports, Changinghorses!

As for me, I did a 7 mile hike yesterday, even though it was cold and windy at times. Just have to dress properly!

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2/22/15 9:21 A

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I only wish now about the possibility of x skiing or snowshoeing. The wonders of winter once we do get pass the complaints and hatred of snow offers a great time in the outdoors. Especially for the younger at heart and capable people. For me I would be happy withus couple of snowy days - say like in December or January only.. I am pleased that spring seemly has arrived now in February .



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We keep getting more snow here in PA! It keeps piling up nicely. The snows are big like Boston area but it keeps making a nice pretty and fresh new layer to enjoy. That is if you can get past griping about it.
I am the one that says "Yipee" I can go X-C Skiing or Snow Shoeing! Some people hate me, but that's okay.
I am making the best of it! How about you?

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Well at least you didn't end up with a new bike, Marty! And the odometer sounds pretty handy, it's nice to know how far you went!

Hope the meet-up hike went well! We enjoyed hiking and biking in Phoenix a few years back when we went to a friends wedding.

Olympic hiking sounds great too! Get the toddler hooked early on the great outdoors!

I should get out in a bit, it's a beautiful day here, and I don't want to waste it all inside!

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2/21/15 9:48 A

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The hike sounds like it will be fun.

I should had gone for the car ride to Vancouver or Whistler! If saving money was the goal.
We went for our bike ride but that did not prevent a stop to do some shopping... Our tires were a little low so I stopped at them community center that has a little bike repair corner to pump up our deflated tires. The pump was broken - more air went out of the tire than what went in. Still enough to ride further to where we bought them last year... So off we ride tomthen bike shop.
As quick as you can say one two three I have purchased Noni a nice new pink basket, an odometer and a new U lock. Leaving the store 30 minutes later I was two hundred dollars less.
Ouch...
From there we can continued to ride around the village - over and around to the beach area and then eventually back home. From the reading of the new odometer IT said 13.5 km.
I estimate between three and four Km to the bike shop from our place. So this would be about 18 k in total. 10 miles.roughly.




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Tomorrow morning I'm heading out for another Meetup hike; the DH will take our daughter to both of her piano rehearsals so I can go. :-)
We're going to hike South Mountain in Phoenix; I've never left from this particular trailhead (it's on the other side of the mountain) so I'm really looking forward to going.
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I have been out for a walk this morning with a couple of friends, now I have to decide what to do this afternoon. It is sunny and warm. I see effects of wind blowing the tree branches and long grass growing in my flower pots - so I am debating whether or not I should go for a bike ride. Noni wants to get out of the house.. I could drive to Whistler or Vancouver but this will cost gas money and most likely money spent shopping as well. I want to save some money so I don't particuly want to do either of those last two options. Noni is pasting around the house so I know she is very bored.
So I thnk it will be a bike ride.. After all it is sunny and warm - the rains will be coming back too soon..



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I'm thinking somewhere in the Olympics would be nice. I have such a great view of them from my apartment and I feel like they're calling to me. But likely a small easy trail outside Wenatchee. I'm going there for my spring break and taking my toddler so I can't do anything too strenuous.

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Those kinds of things can be hard to predict! Maybe next year it will work out for you.

Got in my hiking to and from work today, I had a good pace this morning for walking, over 4MPH. More blackbirds singing on the cattails!

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Looks like I won't be going either...-17 degrees with winds up to 20 mph leaving a wind chill up to -50. Fingers crossed for next years night hike!




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The sun is shining and it is very warm out. I went for a morning walk with Dalhouse and a friend from church then I came home and suggested to my wife's that we drive to West Vancouver.
My friend told me about Ambleside Park that has a pond with lots of birds. Blue Herons, Swans, Ducks, Teals, Spottd Towhees, House Sparrows and Gulls. He was correct. I brought a container of bird seed and Noni was so happy to feed the hungry flock. Then we went walking and walking and walking along the Seawall.
We had made a quick stop at the mall where I bought a new pair of shoes, lunch and some groceries.
I thnk this will help in breaking the February Blues - cabin fever..



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Sounds nice, maybe you can find someone else to go with you? Or go by yourself!

Hiked back from work today, the redwing blackbirds were singing on the cattails!

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Was supposed to go on a lantern lit snowshoe hike this weekend, but now that he has seen the forcasted temps for Saturday, he may bail. Ugh I really want to go and missed it last year cuz I wasn't living up here then and couldn't make it that weekend. Wish I knew the wind chill value ahead of time that would help. This hike is only once a year.




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Bummer that your hike was cut short like that! Sounds like you got out though if you had to come down off a mountain to get there!

I got out on the trails today, along with lots of other joggers, mountain bikers, hikers and dog walkers! It was a nice day, I veered off the usual trail to try to find some different routes, there's a lot of trails out there!

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Well, it was SUPPOSED to be an urban hike in Phoenix, but I ended up covering call for one of my nurses. Not cool to get called in for an emergency and say "well, let me get down off this mountain and I'll see what I can do..."
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That's a great bird count! You do know your birds, Marty! emoticon

Yesterday was a gym day for me, so I didn't get out much, I should have though, it was in the 70's here and just lovely! Stayed holed up in the office though, so much to do!

I'm happy the weekend is here, we're going to get out for a ski this morning.

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2/13/15 9:48 P

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13 February .. The Great Backyard Bird Count has begun.
So since I am supposed to go count birds I need to see them..
I began counting from my Condo armchair
4 Stellar Jays, 2 Black capped Chickadees, 5 Darkeyed Juncos, 1 Song Sparrow, 5 House Finches, 4 Chestnut backed Chickadees

Then when I walked the Dalhouise I observed - 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Spotted Towhees,
9 Mallard Ducks, 1 Common Merganser, 5 Bald Eagles, 18 Canada Geese

Then I returned home ate lunch, became bored watching TV so I went out again to visit the estuary, hoping to see more birds.
I seen - 21 Common Mergansers, 9 Buffleheads, 1 Double Crested Cormorant, 5 Mallard Ducks, 1 Great Blue Heron, 7 Canada Geese, 8 Chestnut backed Chickadees, 2 Golden crown Kinglets - and on the way home my old friend the Northern Pygmy Owl was waiting by the side of the road perched in his tree branches looking for something to eat.
Not bad for day one...

Besides all that I hung up,at the Condo a humming bird feeder and a Niger seed sock feeder ... Let's see if any new birds come to check it out..



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Sounds like you need to get Noni to join you on some of those walks,Marty!

I'll be walking in to work today, it's been cold, but dry here, should be a nice day out for a walk!

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Cabin Fever... Finally this depressing winter time feeling is upon my wife and I. We have a vacation planned for the first week of April but that is a long time away.
We are sitting in our chairs bored.. TV is boring, Noni is getting bored watching her YouTube videos on baking.. I get out for walks but I don't stay out all day.. Maybe I ought to stay out longer... But that is selfish.. Noni is at home bored...
Camp our employment start up date is mid April ... Then we will be longing for time off...
Our funds are low right now.. Otherwise I would plan a Road Trip. .. Might go on one regardless because we are bored.



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Sounds like my hike on Sunday, Marty, but along with the swish swash, I was also having fun with the slip and slide!

Today it was mostly dry, the trails still have a little mud in places, but good enough to get out on them!

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Swish swash went my shoes in the muck. Every step my feet swish swash along in a very wet muddy trail. So much for keeping my new shoes nice and clean. But I don't care - I am throughly enjoying my walk in the rain.



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The rain is falling, I am drained of all energy and I am sitting comfortably in my cozy chair watching birds come and go at my feeders drinking a hot cup of coffee - life isn't so bad I was thinking to myself... Then along came Dalhouise....



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Well, think of all the extra calories you'll burn lugging those heavy shoes around! Glad to hear they didn't hurt this time.

I did not get out yesterday, it was off and on raining most of the day, and I did not time it right when I wanted to get out vs when the weather cleared! Today is starting off clearer, so hopefully I can hit the trails at some point, hiking or running, not sure yet! It will probably be a bit on the muddy side, with yesterdays rain.

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I took Dalhouise for his walk around 0930 for 65 minutes at the pond in the rain.. I must had been funny looking with camera and binoculars hanging around my neck with a Hugh bright umbrella keeping the steady rain off of me -- and my Dalhouise in his bright red rain coat on as well.. Anyways I recorded in my field note book ..
A Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, two American Dippers, a flock of Mallards ducks about six of them, two Hooded Mergansers and two immature Common Goldeneyes ..
I heard a Bald Eagle but could not spot it ..

I wore my older shoes because it was so wet.. My feet hurt again so now I know I must throw them away.. My new ones might be ok for awhile - but they are heavy I am finding out.. But yesterday my feet did not hurt when I wore them most of the day.

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I guess that means they won't stretch out! Maybe different socks would help?

I did get in my run yesterday, good thing too, today is a little on the rainy side. Nothing too dramatic (despite my best hopes!) but I don't want to be out in it.

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I put on the new shoes that hurt my feet in a different way and went out the door for an hour. Well I limpt around the Pond taking pictures and enjoyed the sun as the grey clouds rolled in.
I had thought about trying to exchange my shoes but... The store is so far away in Vancouver - so I will try to wear my newer shoes.
They hurt my toes...
The older ones hurt the bottom of my feet
I hope the new ones will become better... But they are steel toe ...



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Any chance you can return the bad shoes Marty? Some places will take them back, especially if the condition is good.

I will get out on the trails tomorrow, it's my run to work, hike home day. Not a lot of steps today though...

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I need new shoes! I bought new shoes but I picked poorly and so I am wearing my old shoes and they really hurt my feet during and after any hiking or walking I do. So I need to buy another pair again, but I just don't have money to keep doing that.. But my feet hurt... I have loss any arch support I think...
Oh well.. Yesterday I was out hiking parts of Alice Lake Provincial Park, the fog over the lake was so peaceful. I could had just sat and took pictures for hours.. But I didn't. I had places tomgo and scenery to see.

I want to go out today again but my feet are hurting....



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Woke up to negative temps. It did warm up to about 18degrees but for the sake of my dog, we took the day off. I've got to get her some booties! I needed to get some inside work done anyway........I am starting to miss it when I don't get my daily dose of trekkin thru the snow!

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I am up - the rain is falling.. I don't think it will be a very active day.




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My plan is lacing up my running shoes and hitting the trails sometime today. It looks a little cloudy, but it's been pretty nice out, so I'm hoping it will warm up a bit before I head out!

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I'm going to try to get a couple of Phoenix miles in this morning before the big game!

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Gorgeous day out so hubby and I took our first hike of 2015 and hit some local trails...trekked through the dunes to the Pacific ocean, around lakes, and trails through the forest.

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Went outside to walk Dalhouise and seen an American Robin near the entrance door.
We continued to hike around the " Pond" where I heard an Bald Eagle but could not spot it. I think it is on the other side of the highway. But I did see a Crow, Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, an American Dipper. And a pair of Common Mergansers, ( F/M)
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Sounds like a wonderful day, Marty! Feels good to have that tired, accomplished feeling at the end of the day, and glad Noni is still holding your hand too! emoticon

No hiking for me today, I was back to work after a couple of days off getting Larry to his surgery and post-op appointment. But I'll be hiking in tomorrow, should be a nice day! (I'm still hoping we get more snow this winter, but I can enjoy the sun while it's here!)

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Oh what a day it was.. I am so thankful I moved from Ontario to BC. We - my wife and I went on a hike, my blog says it all.. But to post on my team page I will limit and reshare.
A two hour hike became a five hour hike ending in sore feet and physical exhaustion but feeling good.
Why am I so thankful - I don't remember too many hikes in a light sweater nor picnics in January along any unfrozen snow covered lakes.
How did a two hour hike become a five hour hike... I blame it on geocaching..

The day ended with my wife holding hands, and still talking to me.. That makes for a good day in my books

Bird sightings 28 January
Condo feeder....
0748 One Song Sparrow
0759. Three stellar Jays
- nothing else came so at 0830 to 0915 I walked Dalhouise around the "pond"
Seen..
Bald Eagles 2
Mallard Ducks 4
American Dipper 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Belted Kingfisher 1

Then it was time to drive to Burnaby Lake and feed the birds there - I have not yet made a list of these.. I need to look at my photos and identify correctly
But there are many to add to my days listing in my field notebook

Just to name a few birds -
Buffleheads ducks, Mallard Ducks, Green wing teals, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Greater Scaup, Red Wing Blackbirds, Black-cap Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco's and Rock Pigeons.




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This morning it looked overcast, grey, not so inviting to go out hiking.. So made the decision not to hike the 10 km trail around Burnaby Lake. Maybe tomorrow, Noninwants to come too.. But we will leave thenDalhouise home.. That is the plan ...
So today it was a walk to Willow Park, and around the bloc. Dalhouise does seem to be still suffering... After the walk it was our first swim of the year in the local swimming pool. Now my arms are a little sore but I notice ... I seem to have a spring in my step - I have more energy each day... I don't have this at the end of the day.. It is exhaustion by the time I get in bed and fall asleep when my head hits the pillow



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From that journal post, I can see why that would be a compelling thing to do, kind of like a diary, but maybe less personal, but it can become personal depending on what you put into it and take out of it!

Stay active!

I hope to get out today, but this morning started out rainy, so I'm sure the trails will end up on the muddy side, even if it does clear up!

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Get off the couch was - IS my motto ... Yesterday I did exactly that. The sun rose pink and the day was promising to be a good one. Well it was. I went walking / hiking for 90 minutes along the Manquam River trails and the "Pond" poor little Dalhouise he was struggling by thenthird we got home.. It actually scared me a little as he seemed to be extra tire and I didn't think I was walking that supper fast..
After lunch I was out for three hours on the bike..
I hope to see a weight loss this week ...



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One more post concerning a field notebook
I copied this from the internet on one of my many google searches ..

BACKYARD NATURE HOME | PLANTS | ANIMALS | FUNGI | ECOLOGY | GEOLOGY | GARDENING | TOOLS

KEEPING NATURE NOTES:
YOUR NATURE JOURNAL
Let me show you something...
I've just risen from my computer, walked across the room to my library, and taken out an old, black, vinyl-covered, three-inch-thick, three-ringed binder from way back in my school days. It must contain a thousand pages of loose-leaf binder paper of the kind highschool students use. Groups of pages are separated by stiff boards with colorful plastic tabs attached. The green tab reads "ferns," the yellow one "insects," and the blue one "RR weeds." This latter topic reflects a special interest I had years ago when I lived in St. Louis and loved to walk along railroad tracks looking for exotic weeds.

I randomly open the notebook, find myself in the red-tabbed "birds" section, and now I type what's on that page so you can see:

April 18, 1976
(Easter Sunday) Kentucky: McLean County;bushy, weedy area around bridge over Cypress Creek on Knobbs/Semiway road 1 mile E of Semiway; 70�, light breeze, clear, from 6:30 to 8:30 AM
1: Mourning Dove
2: Red-bellied Woodpecker
3: Purple Martin
4: Blue Jay
5: Crow
6: Tufted Titmouse
7: Carolina Chickadee
8: Carolina Wren
9: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10: White-eyed Vireo
11: Black-throated Green Warbler
12: Hooded Warbler
13: Myrtle Warbler
14: Yellow-throated Warbler
15: Yellowthroat
16: House Sparrow
17: Cardinal
18: Goldfinch
19: Rufous-sided Towhee
20: White-throated Sparrow

My first sensation upon looking over this list is that it's really neat knowing exactly where I was on Easter Sunday morning way back on April 18th, 1976. I was visiting my parents on the farm in Kentucky. I can visualize that early that morning, perhaps even before my parents presented my Easter basket -- a tradition continued far into my adulthood -- I entered my old Volkswagen Beetle and drove to Cypress Creek a couple of miles away. If I think hard, perhaps imagining more than remembering, I can even remember that early-spring morning, the fresh, pale green leaves unfurling on trees, the odor of moist earth from still-unplowed soybean fields along the creek...

In short, this sheet of paper is a souvenir of a time past. It evokes memories of a life and way of being that exist no more. It feels good to remember those Easter baskets, and driving in the old Volkswagen down the gravel road to Cypress Creek, as the cold air gushed through the rusted-out spot below my feet... And it's even good to see which birds I saw that day.

To tell the truth, the list itself isn't a very spectacular one. Not a single species on it can be considered rare or out of the ordinary. These are exactly the birds to be expected along a bushy, weedy creek bank in mid April, in my part of Kentucky.

However, it's also true that what I now know very largely results from my having compiled hundreds of lists similar to this one. In 1976, I was just learning which migrants arrived first. Once I'd amassed several years of lists, gradually the impressions began dawning: Yes, Black-throated Green and Hooded Warblers, and Yellowthroats, they're the "early birds," the migrating species arriving first during spring migration. If today I'd read that on that Easter Sunday I'd seen a Blue-winged Warbler -- which now I know to be a late arriver -- I'd be sure I'd made a misidentification back in 1976.

In other words, my nature study notes have always been, and continue to be, a real "tool" I use as my insights into nature keep growing, evolving, and branching into new fields of interest. It can be the same way for you...

Now I continue thumbing through my notebooks' bird section. I remind myself that by no means have my birding experiences been limited to weedy creek banks near my childhood home. Many of my lists are souvenirs of exotic places. I've birded in over forty countries, and I have lists from them all.

Ah, here's the list from the time I saw my first Chaffinch, spotted downtown near the University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain, back in 1980, during a visit with my friend Sergio. And here's a good sighting of the Gray-collard Becard, seen in southern Mexico near a town with the jaw-breaking name of Ocozocoautla, and here's the wild peacock seen next to that Hindu temple, in India, in 1996...

Therefore, for me, there are three main reasons for keeping nature study notes:

They are "tools" that help me learn
Rummaging through them evokes great memories of being in the field and doing and seeing interesting things
It's a lot of fun to show your lists to others, as I just did...
Of course, nowadays I keep my notes on the computer (and back them up fastidiously!) You might be interested in the computer-friendly ideas for organizing your notes on our Note Organization Page.

When you get some solid identifications of plants and animals in your Notebook, be sure to consider posting your IDs at the wonderful iNaturalist.Org website.

Cite this page as:
Conrad, Jim. Last updated August 13, 2014 at 11:03:44 PM PDT . Page title: Keeping Nature Notes in a Journal. Retrieved from The Backyard Nature Website at http://www.backyardnature.net/notebook.htm
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Nice....

I got in my run yesterday, 5.5 miles! emoticon working my way up gradually.

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Most times I have my camera with me and so I have a photo journal... But I now tend to bring a notebook with me when I walk Dalhouise as well. I see interesting plants, bugs, birds and "



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I think that's a great idea, Marty. Have you started already?

I have an activity tracker that I wear that has a spot for weather and mood, so I've been filling that in lately, and sometimes I'll add some notes, but nothing observational yet. I may have to start doing that too, it would be fun to go back and see how last year compared to this year. I have done that in a small way with activities, like I could look at last year to see when we started skiing, when we stopped (we did not ski at all in January last year, no snow, kind of like this year!) and how long we were able to go.

Today I plan on getting out for a run. I did a little over 4 miles last Sunday, so I think I can get in at least 5 today!

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I am often - well to be correct I do most of my activities outside. I see so many things that I would like to remember but I have the shortest memory in the world and so I have begun to attempt to write notes in a field notebook. I am not so observant or clear as to what to write. I think it would be a real good idea especially if done correct and during the winter I look back on summer notes or even years later to review them and to be taken back to the time written .
Also I think it would improve my observational skills.
As I keep doing my recordings I think I am getting better at including times, conditions of environment. I don't always include temperature which I want to

Do any of you relate to this?



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I got in a quick walk around the trails, not quite an hour, but it's beautiful here as well! Sunny, clear skies...still hoping for some snow soon (we DO need the snow pack, another year of drought will NOT be good), but I'll enjoy the sun while it's here! emoticon

Marty, your longer description of Dahlhousie running along the beach path was delightful, sounds like you have done this before!

Ladybug, enjoy your hike tomorrow!

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Haha! Marty, that's awesome! I wish my dog was more active, but she just likes to lay around and occasionally run circles.

It's a gorgeous weekend here, perfect for hiking. I had to spend all this morning catching up on work, and this afternoon I'm going to do a lot of reading, but I'm planning to hike Iron Mountain tomorrow morning. It's been a while!

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It is kind of funny to watch .. Dalhouise runs so fast for an old dog. As we drive towards the beach about a mile away he begins to get so excited and whinny ... Then when I pulmthrough the gates... I go just far enough to make sure no cars are coming around a bend... Then I open my door and Dalhouise climbs all overme to get out. Then he runs in front of the car - I wait for this because I know he wants to pee on the tree at the passenger side.. Then he runs I front of the car a few yards past the fence and then over to the walking path... I now am following him in the middle of the road as he runs 10 km to get past the fence... I drive in the middle to prevent any cars from becoming an issue if they should appear.. Once Dalhouise is on the path I drive slow on the wrong side with flasher going for his safety. The road is a pot hole dirt path with lots of room for cars to go around us.. Once Dalhouise is about to thirds down this path I drive ahead tomthen parking lot and wait for him... He never leaves the safety path along the ocean.... Depending on how busy the area I might driver further down the parking lot to the official sandy beach area and wait. He knows the route well and comes along at his leisure happy as any wet dog can be...



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Turn it into snow and send some of that my way, Marty! I smiled thinking of you driving along the beach while you dog ran along the path! emoticon

I should get out here pretty soon, it's clear and sunny here, and I have an appointment early this afternoon, that was rescheduled from later this afternoon, so have to get out earlier!

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Heavy - heavy rain - raining dogs and cats .. It was so heavy I did as little walking outside today as possible. I took out the Dalhouise for a short time - later I took him to the beach and opend the car door and let him run.. He runs down the beach path while I drive on the road..
Lazy me... But it is raining so friging heavy.




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GPS - I have a Mallegan - some times I am furstrated with it other times it works great. I paid 150 at London Drugs two years ago.
Garmin is what I think I want ... But others say they have issues too...
I think the best to do is to find out what the majority of the people are using in your area.. If they use one type more it seems that the GPS you will use will get better readings...
It is not suppose to be that way but in reality it is... That is my personel opinion ....



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3. Thats my record for eagle sitings at one time. One of the lakes up here in northern Michigan has an island that has an active eagles nest in one of it's trees. I've paddled the kayak out to the island but the best activity is watched from the water just off the islands shore.

Marty, what is the best of the cheapest devices (gps) for geocaching?

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Last night I looked at my old fashion pedometer and it read only about 1700 steps... That can not be true... It must had gotten reset some how during the day. I had walked Dalhouise earlier in the day that would had been at least 2000 steps right there and then I was geocaching in the afternoon - that I believe would had brought me close to ten thousand steps alone..
Today I am not sure what will happen - we have the plumber coming this morning to fix broken sinks, drains and to remove a broken garburator and to instal our new dishwasher. How long will this take? I have no idea. Then I think by afternoon the rains will be upon us so that will limit my outdoor activity, especially right now as this cold bug will not let go completely. This nasty dry cough came just when I thought I was healed ...
My mood is better though at the moment... I do hope I get to hike and geocache Burnaby Lake before th end of January though...

The day I seen 45 eagles I did indeed get many pictures. Some were the best I have ever taken which made that day even better than imagined.




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45 eagles? That's awesome! Did you post any pics?

I'll be "hiking" to work and back tomorrow, as usual!

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Geocaching is fun... And at times frustrating .... But it does take you to many new hiking trails and paths you might had never have heard about



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I've always wanted to try geocaching. My brother does that. It sounds fun. I got out in the snow and hiked for an hour on the Michigan shore to shore trail. Someday I would like to hike the whole thing but work seems to get in the way :-/

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Today was an amazing day. I hiked for two hours in the morning and then I biked two hours in the afternoon.
No geocaching.. But I did go birding..
I hiked mostly along the Manquam River Dyke. I recorded in my field note book 45 Bald Eagles.. And the best part of this I was able to get the best pictures of these magnificent birds ever...




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I agree, I like to mix up my activities outside as well, biking, hiking, running it's all good!

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That sounds great, Marty! And any kind of exercise is good. You're no traitor!

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I went for a bike ride instead of a hike.. I'm a traitor ...
But at least I was off the couch..
The day was a perfect spring like - January thaw day.. Could not stay inside.



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1/14/15 7:52 P

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Got in some urban hiking today while running errands. I haven't started my car all day!

“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama


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1/13/15 10:29 P

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240 minutes -- my feet hurt. I went hiking or was it slow walking.. Nevertheless we (Noni - Dalhouise) and I were out side walking along the lower Seawall at Stanley Park and on return up on the upper trails. I found a couple of geocaches - took some pictures of scenery and different birds .. And walked and walked.



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1/13/15 3:42 P

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Yeah, no lunch walk for me today either. Too much work to do! That means W/Th/F I need to be active in order to get 5 days of activity. Push push push!

“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama


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1/13/15 9:02 A

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I think they call that "linner" (lunch + dinner), Marty! Wow, that's a lot of caches! and a lot of birds! Great outing.

Ladybug, hope you enjoy your day, tomorrow!

Suzzzie, that's a lot of gain in a little distance, my kind of hiking! Enjoy!

JStetser, is that a snowshoe on Mt Washington, or is it hiking? I would think it would be covered by now?

I'll be hiking to work and back today, I may try to run in, but my knee was talking to me this morning, and not saying good things!

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