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2015 September | The Occasional Naturalist

American Avocet

When I first started birdwatching, this is the bird I wanted to see. I love water and naturally enjoy searching for waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds that inhabit marshes.  This bird, the American Avocet always fascinated me.  The American Avocet is a rare vagrant to Wisconsin where I live. It sometimes shows up briefly along Lake […]

Experiencing Life’s Fragility

Pepperwood Preserve Scenic View

While spending the weekend in northern CA, I was able to spy my first Acorn Woodpecker which were very prevalent where I was in the Hidden Valley Lake area.  I also had an opportunity to visit for a few hours the Pepperwood Preserve which isn’t like a park or a […]


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