Bird watching

Posts about birds

Sandhill Crane Migration

Chicken Life Cycle

Our Backyard Birds and Birdsongs

Feeding Time for the Barn Swallow




Brewer’s Blackbird


Northern Cardinal

I had a lot of trouble getting a clear shot of this bird, since he was in the upper branches of a 30 ft tree:

Mallard duck



Herring gull (on our roof)

Great Horned Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of this bird, but my 4 year old and I did find this bird in a neighborhood tree when we went on a walk around the block. We first heard a lot of pecking, then found this bird. I didn’t have a camera to take a picture at the time.

Red-winged blackbird


American Robin


I was happy to see that our robin’s nest was rebuilt this year under our deck. Last year it was destroyed by something.


Black Stork

Black Swan

Interestingly enough, there is actually a “Black Swan Theory” as I stumbled across it on wikipedia because the Cornell Lab of Ornithology was missing the black swan in it’s All About Birds resource list.

The theory was described by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2007 book The Black Swan. Taleb regards almost all major scientific discoveries, historical events, and artistic accomplishments as “black swans”—undirected and unpredicted. He gives the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, World War I, and the September 11, 2001 attacks as examples of Black Swan events.[1][2]

The term Black Swan comes from the 17th century European assumption that ‘All swans are white’. In that context, a black swan was a symbol for something that was impossible or could not exist. In the 18th Century, the discovery of black swans in Western Australia[3] metamorphosed the term to connote that a perceived impossibility may actually come to pass. Taleb notes that John Stuart Mill first used the Black Swan narrative to discuss falsification.




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