Meme via Pondering Pikaia: the first sentence of the first post of each month from this blog:
- January 4: Via things magazine, a museum of strange and rarely used HTML tags.
- February 4: Charles Isherwood articulates why I was underwhelmed when I read Tom Stoppardâ€™s trilogy The Coast of Utopia.
- March 1: Arthur Lubow submits an instructive profile of aptly-named photographer Jeff Wall, whose lightbox-mounted transparencies are measured in feet, not inches.
- April 1: After nearly a year of operating under dual and provisional corporate badges, we have a new company name, to be pronounced â€œvo-vee-see.â€
- May 1: Ruth La Ferla profiles designer Santo Loquasto.
- June 3: I recorded Stuart Hartâ€™s 1997 paper for Harvard Business Review, â€œBeyond Greening,â€ at the the studio yesterday, as part of a collection of articles on organization development.
- July 2: Katherine Ellison looks at todayâ€™s carbon offset market.
- August 1: Via The Morning News: Michael Bloomberg canâ€™t be bothered to take the local IRT and change at 59th Street.
- September 3: I had just a little time yesterday morning, before we scurried off to the theater, to get out for the first International Rock-Flipping Day, so I poked around in the wooded strip between my townhouse cluster and the middle school grounds.
- October 2: Once again WordPress has reworked the category system.
- November 2: Ben Schuman Stoler revisits the District boundary stones.
- December 2: Rorschach Theatre turns in a gritty, muscular production of David Grimmâ€™s tale of political intrigue and misplaced loyalty.
Via Birderblog.com, the The Hawk Owl’s Nest is conducting a survey:
- What state (or country) do you live in? Virginia
- How long have you been birding? 13 years or so
- Are you a “lister”? Yes
- ABA Life List: 338
- Overall Life List: 338, which is also my Lower 48 list total.
- Favorite Birding Spot: Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia.
- Favorite birding spot outside your home country: none yet
- Farthest you’ve traveled to chase a rare bird: about an hour for a Pomarine Jaeger that had wandered far inland into Loudoun County, Virginia.
- Nemesis bird: Florida Scrub-Jay
- “Best” bird sighting: A lifer: American Dipper in Eldorado National Forest on Christmas Day, just after the snows had melted sufficiently to make the roads passable.
- Most wanted trip: Maine and the Maritimes
- Most wanted bird: Atlantic Puffin
What model and brand of bins do you use?: A somewhat beat-up porro prism Celestron 9.5 x 44
- What model and brand of scope do you use?: Kowa TSN-1
- What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Piping Plover near Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. I never would have noticed the flock of seven birds on a wind-whipped flat if I hadn’t stumbled upon a pair of field researchers who were tracking them with radio.
- Where did you see your last lifer?: see above
- What’s the last bird you saw today?: Alas, I think the last bird I noticed was a Fish Crow at dusk yesterday.
Best bird song you’ve heard ever: Wood Thrush, in the backyard of my suburban, habitat-fragmenting townhouse.
Favorite birding moments: A visit to the Powdermill banding station in Pennsylvania. My first trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (“My god, it’s full of birds!”). Seeing two lifers in my bins at the same time in a park in Sacramento. On a work-related training trip to Orange County, getting up early to drive down to the beach, then patiently keying out a California Gull for #300.
Least favorite thing about birding: High winds.
- Favorite thing about birding: Using it as an excuse to vacation somewhere I’ve never been before.
Favorite field guide for the US: Peterson
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Proctor and Lynch, “Manual of Ornithology”
Who is your birder icon?: Let me get back to you on that one.
- Do you have a bird feeder(s)? No. I don’t enjoy feeding squirrels.
- Favorite feeder bird? White-Breasted Nuthatch