During some recent rainstorms, Sarah & I began getting caught up on movies, as it’s getting toward Oscar time, and we like to try to see as many of the contenders as we can before the awards. Read on for my brief thoughts on the aforementioned films
For our first hike of the year, Sarah & I went north to Tennessee Valley. The parking lot was absolutely packed on this, the first sunny day after a spell of rain, but we were lucky enough to snare a spot near the actual trailhead – there were cars parked a half-mile-plus along the side of the road!
Sarah & I had a lovely hike on Sunday 22 Jan on the north side of Mt. Tam. The cascades in the rainforest’y parts of the hike were flowing freely, everything was fresh and green, and we saw some cool new birds at Lagunitas Lake, as well as a bobcat.
(yes, I really should go birding at other places at least once in a while!)
Yesterday was a bang-up day at the Palo Alto baylands; I got to observe several raptors hunting, a rarity, and a very good variety of the usual suspects.
For the first time in a while I went birding at Coyote Hills in Fremont. It’s hard to bird here in early winter, as it gets dark early, and I don’t like to pay the $5 entrance fee if I can’t be there for at least an hour or two!
I squoze out some time for another walk at the baylands today. I didn’t see anything particularly unusual, but did meet some nice fellow birders and photographers.
Yesterday was gorgeous, so I swung by the baylands again on my way home from work. There were mostly the usual suspects albeit a lot of them, but a female red-breasted merganser was a first for me. Too bad she was alone, as I”d have liked to have seen a breeding plumage drake.
So Sarah & I were walking home from a leisurely fish, chips and pints at Martin Mack’s when we saw a cool King Tut-dressed Dunny in the window of Kid Robot (a store we love to hate and spend entirely too much money at). We went in to see how much it was and found…
A joyous 2006 to y’all! We’ve just returned from a road trip to Portland, Oregon , and are glad to be home with our cats (who, truth to tell, didn’t seem to miss us all that much while we were gone).
Sarah & I stopped by the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on our way home from Portland yesterday for a quick trip on the driving loop, as a nasty storm had just broken and we were hoping the birdies would be out shaking out their feathers.