Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Birders Who Blog, Tweet and Chirp

Birdcouple is really enjoying the new Birders Who Blog, Tweet and Chirp site, a great forum (and sweet-looking site) for those of us who enjoy birding AND telling the world about it. We're proud to be among the growing membership.

The two principal moderators of the forum (as of now) are John Briggs, the MaineBirder, and Dawn Fine, of Dawns bloggy blog, one of our personal favorites. Special thanks to Dawn for spreading the word about BWBTC. It is also available as a Facebook group, of course.

(Birdcouple is going to get themselves on Facebook soon. We promise. Really.)

So check out BWBTC, and join the discussion.

P.S. - And check out Lisa's awesome new post on Birdcouple's Appalachian Trail blog..

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Where y'all been?

Well, we were in the Republic of Hokie Land getting oriented to the fact that our youngest brood was going to be attending college 5 1/2 hours away and then we were celebrating the fact that the little man chose a college (Virginia Tech, for those of you who don't yet know what a HOKIE is) so close to part of the Appalachian Trail that we needed to hike.

More soon on the first of many hikes surrounding Blacksburg, VA on our AT site.....

Friday, July 17, 2009

Giving Birth...

Ok, not me.

But, the LoveNest Garden did produce this little baby...

I'm particularly proud of this massive and healthy zucchini because we have not used any pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or any other -cides in the yard since we moved in 3 1/2 years ago.

The only addition to the yard is a compost from our own kitchen and garden waste.

This is quite the celebrated vegetable!

I presented him to Cute Husband upon his return from a long day at work.

I took him over to my parent's house in a little blanket.

I unveiled him to my gal pal, Vencka, when she was out on a stroll.
But, I realized he was born to be more than a just a circus act.
His days of show and tell came to an end in an almost religious ceremony.

I spoke to him of the ingredients he would be mixed with as I sliced him in two and prepared him from chopping.
Note the cute little piece of stem that resembles a little hair from his head.

This is only the beginning of zucchini's re-birth....
3lbs of him remain.

Cute Husband, how about... zucchini kabobs, zucchini creole, zucchini gumbo?
Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried?
There's pineapple zucchini, lemon zucchini, coconut zucchini, pepper zucchini, zucchini soup....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Put your stamp on

Wow! Doesn't that just say it all? These new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are being released this week as part of a new effort to promote the Migraqtory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, aka the Duck Stamp. This is a much-needed, if long overdue effort, to better get the word out about the stamp.

As every good birder knows, or should know, it's funds from the stamp that purchase the lands that make up most of our National Wildlife Refuges, as the PSA above suggests. It's the best $15, yes just $15, that any bird-lover ever spent.

So, like the ad says, Put Your Stamp On, and help preserve the future of birding. We're going to go get our 2009-2010 stamp right away. And maybe a few for friends too.

And feel free to copy these images and spread 'em around on blogs and so forth - get the word out.

Here is some more information about the Federal Duck Stamp, including images of the 2009-2010 stamp, a beautiful portrayal of a pair of Long-Tailed Ducks.

The group that helped come up with the "Put Your Stamp On" campaign includes Paul Baicich (of course!!!), Bill Hartwig, Vaughn Collins, Barbara Volkle, Jim Williams, Ric Zarwell and Bill Stewart.

The wonderful images for the ads were provided free of charge by Kim Steininger.

So, help the birds, preserve the environment and ........... PUT YOUR STAMP ON!

P.S. - Bill of the Birds blog also has a post on this...

P.P.S. - More also on the Saving Birds Through Habitat website.

Friday, July 10, 2009

This silly ol' dance is perfect for two...

"If you live to be hundred, I want to live to be hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.." ~ Winnie the Pooh

Thanks for this life, Cute Husband!

Happy Anniversary!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

AT birdin'

Birdcouple is just back from our longest hike yet along the Appalachian Trail, 3 days and 2 nights starting just over the New York-New Jersey state line and heading south to High Point, N.J. On the Fourth of July, we walked through wonderful Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge (the only NWR that the AT passes through) and slowed our pace to enjoy the scenery and the birds, of course.

On this trip, we also saw our 100th species of bird along the Trail, adding at least three new ones - Yellow-Breasted Chat, Grasshopper Sparrow and Marsh Wren. Most of the birds we encounter as we hike are the expected woodland ones - Scarlet Tanagers, warblers, vireos, Wood Thrush and Veery, etc. But the trail also passes over mountaintops (good for raptors); along ponds, streams and canals; and through upland fields, where we get a whole different set of avifauna.

This hike's birding highlight was surprising a momma Wild Turkey and a half-dozen babies in an overgrown field near an old house where hikers stop to get water from a spigot. More soon about our adventure on Birdcouple's AT blog...