An uptick in butterflies

The butterfly was not a butterfly but two fallen leaves. I had been seeing butterflies a lot lately, and so I thought this was yet another encounter. Recently my local Cooperative Extension made an announcement on Facebook that there was an uptick in the insects’ numbers in the Las Vegas area. Now I wish I […]

My story is online at Entropy magazine

My creative nonfiction story The Size of Hummingbirds was posted yesterday at Entropy magazine. There was an American robin on a bough above us guarding its nest. I had pointed it out to Rob, as well as the male grackle that had been looming higher in the tree for several days, as if setting its […]

Nature

The ducks had trust in the two little girls who were approaching. Actually, the ducks were Canadian geese. Elegant creatures that added class to the playground. One girl’s name was Brooklyn, and her mother assured her the geese would not attack. Brooklyn’s younger sister threw grass at them, offering it as food. The other day […]

Birds, eggs & other journal notes

Mourning Doves: Their brains register the task of parenting Together they build a sloppy nest The eggs are laid — typically two After the eggs hatch, the father and mother alike feed their nestlings with milk They eventually offer plant seeds from their beaks (mourning doves eat mostly seeds) The hatchlings grow strong and go on to sing […]

2 great-tailed grackles

Lately I’ve become quite the nature aficionado, specifically regarding the flora & fauna in my community. The other day I spotted 2 great-tailed grackles trading courtship calls from polar opposite ends of a Washoe pine. I thought it quite amusing since these are raucous birds with shrill cries, obscenely long beaks for their body size […]