Great Backyard Birdcount

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hard to believe it is already February.  It has been a very busy month.  For many of you in the U.S., this is a holiday weekend due to President’s Day.  If you have some extra time on your hands due to the holiday, consider signing up for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, this event invites people worldwide to take 15 minutes to count birds from wherever they are.  Whether you are in your backyard, at a park or just taking a stroll, consider entering your observations this weekend.  This event helps scientists and bird enthusiasts track bird populations from across the globe.

It takes about 5 minutes to sign up for a free account. After that, you just sign back in and enter your checklist of birds. The site gives you a ready made list of possible birds in your area with links to information about the various bird species in your area to help make positive identifications on birds.

There’s no need to photograph your observations, but to post photos to accompany your observations, you’ll need to upload them to a site, such as your WordPress blog.

For example, this particular sighting of this raptor has me stumped, so I’m posting it here to upload with my checklist.

P1040047 P1040055The count continues through tomorrow, 2/17/14, so there is still plenty of time to participate. Just visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ to get started.

Happy Bird Watching!

Spam Comment of the Week: January 5 2014

This week’s spam comment is short and sweet.

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Well hey there Guillermo Stonor – I am glad you enjoyed my blog post, but I am betting that you no longer have any friends to constantly email at this point.

 

Last Minute Thoughts Before the New Year

Before I close the door on 2013, I wanted to leave a few thoughts about the past year on WP.

Personally, 2013 was a whole year of reflection and transition for me.  Blogging wasn’t at the top of my priority list, but I still felt the need to keep the blog afloat. Hopefully my regular posts for the past month have partially made up for the irregular posting schedule. Continue reading

Spam Comment of the Week: December 29

Hard to believe, this is the last Spam Comment of the Week for 2013.

This spam comment reminds us of why we just aren’t quite ready to let machines completely do all our work for us.  This comment reeks of translation software.

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Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Locomotive

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post challenges us to post a photo where one thing is the focal point.  Flipping through my library of photos, I found a picture where the focal point is hard to miss.  While strolling through Heritage Park in Downtown Phoenix last spring, I snapped a picture of this locomotive which is encased in glass.

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This is only one of 75 steam locomotives built by the Davenport Locomotive Works (of Davenport Iowa). This locomotive, built in 1905, would routinely travel the Tombstone and Southern Railroads in Arizona.

Spam Comment of the Week: December 22

Here is another fun spam comment.  While the comment makes a discernible point, the topic has nothing to do with the blog post. Also, the comment only raises more questions.

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Huh? I have a few questions/ concerns regarding your comment dear spammer.

1. Who exactly is “we”?

2. Please learn to use punctuation.

3. From my recollections of heavy metal, is not death metal a sub-genre of heavy metal? If so, this factoid would negate your statement.

4. Based on what you may know of me from my blog, do you actually think I will take the time to look up any of these bands you mentioned to decide if your statement is indeed valid?

5. How is this relevant to the post Spotlight Nominations?

Crazy spammers.

Last Call for Nominations

There is still time to nominate a blog to be featured in an upcoming post on NMNPHX.  I will handout a round of Spotlights sometime after the Christmas holiday and I am welcoming suggestions from fellow bloggers. If there a blog that you feel is awesome and could use some attention, shoot me a message between now and Dec. 23rd in the form below or leave a comment.

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Year in Review 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over!  This year truly seemed to whiz by like a…well I can’t think of a good analogy.  Anyhow, just as I did last year, I took some time this week to check out my stats on this site over the past year.  Now, I understand I wasn’t as prolific with my blog posts as I was in 2012, but I have to say I was surprised that my top viewed posts in 2013 were posts I wrote in 2012. Continue reading

Commuter Chronicles #13: Extra Lighting

A few months back, in the height of the summer, I spotted this light rail passenger sitting at the stop with presumably a new purchase.

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From my vantage point across the street, it looked like a lamp.  I was so glad to be taking the express bus home instead of the light rail that day.  The light rail trains are usually packed at that hour. I was stunned when this woman found enough space to squeeze into the train with the over-sized lamp.

Spam Comment of the Week: December 8

I haven’t had too many interesting spam comments come through WordPress these days.  Luckily, I did find this one which piqued my interest.

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Dang, I had hoped that last sentence would read “And you can see our website about 99 Luftballoons” but sadly I have no idea what those characters mean.