Posted by: atowhee | September 29, 2022


There she sits, looking down on our most-finch-loved feeder. The finches all under cover in nearby trees and shrubs. I am guessing this is a female Coop based on her largeness, never confused with largesse.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
12 species

Wild Turkey  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  X
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
House Finch  12
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  30


Image courtesy: Peter Thiemann


“Plenty of us still coddle a wholesale belief in human superiority, as if living beings should be ranked according to their worth, which does much to alienate us from the rest of life.  For a long time now we’ve considered ourselves exceptional beings at the center of a universe made up of identifiable parts, the whole lot of the there for the taking.”              -Gary Ferguson, Eight Master Lessons of Nature

There’s rain in Florida, South Carolina, wind, floods, all the things that make life exciting. Every website is noting Ian. Now more famous than my favorite folk duo, Ian & Sylvia. And far more infamous as hurricanes so often are. Would any American ever again name a daughter Katrina?

It’s not just along the Gulf and East Coast that people should stop living at sea level. Here in the Northwest we have a town that seems to love to flood–Everson. Click here.

In the past, click here, it has been obvious that many endangered buildings have no flood insurance…yet people keep re-building. Florida is the state with the fastest growing population! Click here for FEMA’s flood insurance FAQ. Of course, there is no overt attempt to consider climate change and re-building permits in our nation’s increasingly endangered flood zones. Then there are all the public facilities you and I get to help pay for…blown over bridges, eroded highways, levelled schools and liubraries andf city halls and cop shops (none of which will moved to higher ground), destroyed sewer and water systems. I don’t think we taxpayers cover the blown over cell towers…but will car insurance rates climb because 50,000 SUVs were wiped out in western Florida? FEMA seems to offer general grants regardless of the residents’ hop,e or job or vehicle location, flood zone status, etc. Click here.

TERRIBLE BIRDING NEWS STILL UNREVEALED. What damage was done at Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island? Were most of the birds and fish and gators smarter than the stay-home humans? Sanibel has long been seen as one of the finest birding spots in Florida. Click here for pre-‘cane birding website.

Click here for general look at climate change and hurricanes.

The Mayans poisoned themselves, but they had an excuse (click here). They didn’t know any better. Why do people still decide to “ride out” the hurricanes? Leave vehicles parked as sea level? Rebuild on the beach? There was video of one guy trying to out-run the hurricane in his boat!! I suspect my grandkids will see laws preventing residences or businesses below a certain elevation, maybe fifty feet above high tide?

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