Yesterday I, my wife, and our ten-day-old daughter went out to bird the area south of Davis, CA. as part of the Winter Raptor Survey that has been started by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).  I am on the HMANA board of directors and have been helping to organize this winter raptor survey.  We are hoping it will grow into a nation-wide monitoring system of the raptors that spend the winter months anywhere in North America.  To run a survey route all that is need is a bit of local raptor knowledge and four days a year.  Each volunteer sets up their own route in an area, and then drives that route one day in November, one day in December, one day in January, and one day in February.  After driving the route (which should be between 30 and 100 miles long), and identifying all the raptors…

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Kimberley Jane Pryor

Birds of prey

In this ebook, young readers will be able to learn about 4 Australian birds of prey. The birds of prey featured are the Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Whistling Kite and Brown Falcon.

For each bird of prey, the following sections are included: fun facts, what the bird of prey looks like, where the bird of prey lives, what the bird of prey eats and how the bird of prey breeds.

There are colourful photographs throughout to illustrate and support the text.

Birds of prey is Book 2 in the Four Australian birds series. It is a great starting point for learning about favourite birds and is ideal for school projects and homework assignments.

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Happy Holidays, & Pardon My Rude Absence

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Happy Holidays, & Pardon My Rude Absence

Been having computer hell, which my much better half has largely resolved. I’ll be getting caught up ASAP.

In the meantime, rest assured that this year’s crop of urban peregrines seems to be continuing apace. One of the brownies, the tiercel, was screaming over my head only yesterday.

The hellish illustration here dates from about 1440, & is from “The Hours of Catherine of Cleves”. Gawd but I do love the treasure trove that is, lord of the public domain for this sort of thing.

Wishing you all the very best for 2013!

My Public Thanks

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Once again, she has been all too generous & kind, for including me in her list of faves. I appreciate it very much. I put little effort, but much affection, into this ‘blog. It will remain stubbornly free-form, just as my radio shows generally were. I’m grateful to anyone who finds it worth a glance. My own list of nominees will be posted once I get back from a board meeting!