Curious Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of the curious observers, teachers and scientists working to wow and inform us. Thanks for 2016.

Looking forward to your visual, verbal and written insights about our wondrous world next year. Wishing you well in 2017.
Chris

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Holiday bird: Cedar Waxwing

The cedar waxwing is my December holiday bird.cedarwaxwing1-cmaparsons

Although many birds visit our area or migrate through in December, cedar waxwings are stand outs for me. The overall look is well-heeled as if ready for a fine event. Yet it’s not quite real — a bit too well coiffed for a bird. (According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the name is from waxy secretions from the wing tips, possibly alluring to mates.)

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When a flock drops into a berried tree (they’re true frugivores), each bird delicately picks one berry at a time as would be expected of a well-mannered guest. They’d certainly be welcome at any holiday garden party.

 

 

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This time of year they’re a wonderful sight — today I was fortunate enough to find a small flock gracing a tree near my office.

 

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Thankful

Every day I’m thankful for all that living along the amazing California coast provides.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

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Just clouds

Celebrating the rainstorm we had overnight with clouds from past autumn storms, and hoping that we get many more rain-heavy ones to ease our ongoing drought.

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