Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
We parked near the same tree that hosted the Red-breasted Sapsucker on Monday - see previous post. He wasn't there, so we inspected the tree. Boy, was he busy! And probably took a geometry course. Very systematic work. I haven't studied birds much, so I aim to find out - by observation and/or reading - whether the bird is eating sap and just mining sap to catch insects. There were a number of small flies and ants either consuming sap or becoming trapped in it. The tree seemed no worse for the wear, and the sap tasted pretty sweet.