After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o email@example.com with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
I took a Sunday drive along Quincy Junction Road to see what I could see. Quite cold, even though sunny, so I was prepared to cheat a little, that is, take a few photos from the comfort of my car. I usually frown on that sort of thing, but once in a while I get lazy and have trouble keeping warm. So, here are some of the results. There's a good-sized farm pond just before the intersection with Chandler Road. A little over a mile from downtown Quincy, this area has many features attractive to wildlife, not the least of which is Greenhorn Creek and some impressive snags which make great perches for birds of prey, although they often seem to prefer power poles. After watching the Canada Geese for a while in the area of the pond, I spotted a hawk out in the middle of a pasture. I knew that if I opened my car door or worked the power window, the hawk would like fly even further away. I just waited and it jumped around a bit, as if chasing some small, subterranean mammals. Then it took flight and circled the valley, probably covering over a mile before landing on a power line just a few yards from where it took off. I was able to drive slowly until I was just below the power line. The hawk watched me carefully, but didn't take flight. I was able to get a pretty good picture through my windshield. He/she was apparently startled by the motion of my putting the camera down on the passenger seat. Maybe saw a reflection off the camera. I'm not so good at identifying hawks, especially when they're in winter plumage. Birders who can identify it are welcome to send me a name. I'm betting red-tail because I see a bit of that color on the edges of the tail, but wouldn't be surprised if I'm wrong. As I prepare the next post, featuring the second half of this drive, I am wondering if "Sunny Sunday" is redundant:-)