The Rain Crows are a band that makes folksy music about nature. It is includes notable birder alumni, Julie Zickefoose and Bill Thompson III. I first heard the Rain Crows at the Hog Island Camp in Maine. They did a phenomenal live performance that has stuck with me ever since. It is the subject matter that I can relate to, and I think you will too. It also helps that the production quality is good!
Here is the song that got me interested in the band:http://www.raincrows.com/listen/s/little_soldiers It’s about a subject matter that most of us naturalist types can relate to. Support The Rain Crows here: http://www.raincrows.com/index/
I spend a lot of time at my house. I don’t always like it. I might complain about being bored, or even refer to it as a wasteland. The truth of the matter is, there is always beauty to find no matter where you go. To cure my ungratefulness, I try to go out everyday, try to find something beautiful on the property, and then capture it with my camera. It is not always easy and the photos aren’t always great, but I appreciate the beauty of ordinary things more when I do this. I thought I would share some of the photos with you all.
How do appreciate your situations in life?
I have written my first e-book about competitive birding. The description reads: Do you like observing birds? Want to learn more about birds? Consider participating in a “Big Day” birding competition and share information and match wits with birders of all ages and skill levels. From planning the route, to selecting a field guide, this book will walk you step by step through the process of learning how to survive a birding competition. Written by a 8 year veteran of state-wide competitions, this book will give you a taste of birding in the big time!”
I have worked really hard on this book to give the most information that I could, drawn from my experience. It may be written for a Kindle, but you can read it anywhere from the Kindle app.
This past weekend I helped with Henslow’s Sparrow banding for the second time. It is a truly unique experience. Unlike the other banding I have helped with, this involved a lot of physical exertion. We drag a rope through a field, hoping the scare the birds out from their hiding places. Then, we set up a mist roughly where we want the bird to be. Next, we attempt to herd the bird into the net with the rope. Finally, we band it.
You don’t get 60 bird days using this method, but it is worth it to see the little green sparrows. In fact, I made a video of our exploits. It is dedicated to all the men and women who do all the hard work to make science happen. I hope you enjoy it!