Monthly Archives: February 2013

Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads

            Well, maybe not so much blondes or brunettes, but definitely redheads.             Earlier this week I spotted a flock of a dozen or so redhead ducks winging their way down river on Lake Eufaula, Alabama.  I’m sure that redheads are not particularly uncommon, it’s just that I don’t see that many as I wend... Continue reading »
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Hardware Cloth Mini-grids for Estimating Soil Mottle Percentages

            On a recent wetland delineation field training exercise, one of the students showed me a chunk of soil on which he had incised a grid with his knife.  He then used the grid to estimate the percentages of various soil features.             Well, duh!!  Given the number of quadrats that I have made and... Continue reading »
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The Simplicity (?) of Water

            It seems that Bucky Beaver has taken advantage of a wetter than normal winter rainy season to modify a local stream to his tastes.             At normally-viewed speeds, cascades of falling water seem to be soothing and serene.  If you are painting in watercolors, features such as rapids and waterfalls are good subjects to... Continue reading »
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Myrtle Warbler Time

            With apologies to Howdy Doody, it’s Myrtle Warbler Time!!!             The annual spring wave of the eastern populations of yellow-rumped warblers (myrtle warblers) is currently moving through the Lower South.  At the moment, myrtle warblers are so abundant locally that when you identify one by sight and associate it with its chip call, its... Continue reading »
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The Monkey Bird

            I’ve always been impressed with the winter wren as it seems to be, literally, a long, loud, and impressive call encased in a tiny package of feathers.                 After a walk around some marshy habitat today, I’ve gained a newly-found respect for the pied-billed grebe.  It too appears to be a commanding and impressive... Continue reading »
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