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>Backyard Birds

February 18, 2011

>Today is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Each year thousands of birdwatchers and bird lovers and outdoor lovers and nature lovers sit down for a few minutes each day and look at the birds in their yard or wherever they are.

I have done my count for the day. Glad to see some purple finches at the feeders.

This is not my picture…it’s from Wikipedia.

Go here to get information about the GBBC and to learn how to submit your observations. It is really simple. Really.

On Tuesday February 22 at 6 PM Bessemer Mayor Ken Gulley will give his state of the city address. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, but maybe some of my City Council buddies or others will send me their impressions of the mayor’s address. Otherwise I will just have to wait until the Western Tribune report comes out.

Of course we pretty much know the state of the city. I have been reporting on that for years.

For Fun

Everybody loves Katy Perry. These University of Arkansas students obviously do.

Silly boys.

And here is a video of Adele singing at the Brit Awards this week

>Bessemer News and the Great Backyard Bird Count

February 9, 2010

>Congratulations to The Bright Star, which received the prestigious “America’s Classics” award from the James Beard Foundation. The Bright Star in Bessemer is the first Alabama restaurant to earn what is considered the Oscar for eating establishments.


Politics

In other Bessemer News, Councilwoman Louise Alexander was found not guilty on all counts yesterday. She had been accused of solicitation and using her office for personal gain.

Rarely does an election pass where Alexander’s name is not on the ballot, and rumor has it that the mayor’s race this summer is the prize she will next seek. If so, that would mean her council seat is open.

If ever there was a time when a clean sweep was warranted, this is it. And a clean sweep can not involve putting a council person in the mayor’s office. I’m just sayin’.

Bingo

While Bessemer’s Bingo halls sit shuttered and darkened, in nearby Greene County the machines are humming as usual. Greenetrack pays you money, the slogan says. The sheriff is standing by to thwart any effort by the anti-gambling, anti-employment task force. It will be interesting to see the sheriff standing in the bettinghouse door to prevent governor’s men from entering. That’s a switch for Alabama.

Olympics

In the meantime, I’m gearing up for the Winter Olympics. Opening ceremonies are Friday, and we may be getting some snow that day to get us in the mood.

Great Backyard Bird Count

And this weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday through Monday.

Remember this guy who perched on my thumb? Not during the bird count, but it was in the backyard.

Last year in Bessemer only 8 checklists were submitted and 28 species were reported. That was way down from 2008 when 48 species were reported from 22 checklists.

Details on how to participate are on the web site, but basically you just have to agree to sit quietly and identify and count birds for at least 15 minutes a day on one or all of the days and report them online. It’s simple. Take part.

>Valentines, Birds and a Tree

February 14, 2009

> Happy Valentines Day to all. This is a cake I made by request. I was told it was good.

I hope you are all doing your bird counts this weekend. Visit GBBC for details. This pair of doves was in love. Really, just after this picture they consummated their love, but my pictures were blurry. Sort of like the celebrity tabloid pictures we sometimes see.


Tree Cutting
I hated to see the tree cut, but it wasn’t my call. But seeing the men at work was, uh, interesting, to say the least.

You can see how big this tree was in this picture. The wood was taken to a sawmill, and the scrap and unusable wood is converted into pellets or some form that can be used to produce energy. Better than sending it to a landfill.

Just before impact. When this hit the ground, the whole house shook. Really shook. Notice traffic is stopped becasue there is a rope tied to the tree and a truck pulling it to make sure it fell precisely where they wanted it to. Although the tree had been trimmed so that it did not reach the street, the truck was in the middle of the road.

But before they did that, they had to do this. They took the tree down limb by limb.

Now would you hang from a tree with a chain saw 50 feet or more up? Hmmm.

>Western Tribune Column February 11, 2009

February 11, 2009

>Today’s Western Tribune (Bessemer, AL) Column

In February the cold weather often keeps us indoors but there is an activity coming up that can keep you connected to the outdoors without having to step outside.

It’s the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell University Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society.

We can worry about stimulus packages and state budgets during the week, then on the weekend relax by doing a little bird watching.

The instructions say that we can do this in as little as fifteen minutes on one or all three days, but I find it hard to restrict my participation to a quarter of an hour. When I begin watching for birds, they seem to be everywhere, and in more varieties than one would suspect.

And you don’t have to be an expert either. There is plenty of information to help in identification of birds, and those who participate identify their level of expertise, so if you are a complete amateur, that’s OK.

Last year there were 22 reports with 48 species reported from Bessemer, and 8 reports with 47 species from McCalla. Hueytown had 2 reports and 15 species.

The most common bird in each of those areas was the American Goldfinch.

The reports are important because together they present a picture of bird populations that change from year to year due to weather patterns or other natural or manmade factors. Of interest locally, and noted on their website, is the expansion of the range of the Eurasian Collared Dove which was reported from Bessemer last year.

Information and reporting sheets can be found at Birdsource.org/gbbc. Join this effort and let’s double the number of reports from our area. The event takes place in your backyard February 13-16.

Birds in cages don’t count by the way, so the exotic birds that were the focus of a story in last week’s paper can’t be added to the totals for Bessemer.

Also coming up of course is Valentine’s Day which falls on a Saturday this year. That means that for most people who celebrate with their spouse or lover, they will have the whole day to spend together in romantic bliss. Just be sure to take a break for the birds.

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15, 2008

Today begins the Great Backyard Bird Count…lasts all weekend.

Visit Great Backyard Bird Count . Over to the left are some tabs about what the count is and how to do it. Get a checklist and get started. Turn them in online or by email. It’s fun and gets you in tune with your backyard in the winter.

You just count for at least 15 minutes on whichever days you can. Last year we had 12 lists submitted from Bessemer, with 30 species of birds, and 1 from nearby Lipscomb, with 11 species. That may not sound like much, compared to, say, Fultondale, which led Alabama with 171 lists with 48 species. But well to do neighbors like Hoover and Vestavia residents must be too busy to sit around counting birds…only 1 list from each city.

Trey, from The Human Animal, now writes a column having to do with gardening and horticulture for The Western Tribune. More bloggers moving up in the world. More local talent in the Tribune.

Oh, gee, something happened to the comments feature. Overloaded I guess. I will work on that later. Until then, remember, this is a blog. A place for me to log my progressive, sometimes entertaining views. Not a forum, which is for the exchange of views and ideas.

Ok that’s it for today; I’m out of town seeking an internship. Wish me luck.

>Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15, 2008

>Today begins the Great Backyard Bird Count…lasts all weekend.

Visit Great Backyard Bird Count . Over to the left are some tabs about what the count is and how to do it. Get a checklist and get started. Turn them in online or by email. It’s fun and gets you in tune with your backyard in the winter.

You just count for at least 15 minutes on whichever days you can. Last year we had 12 lists submitted from Bessemer, with 30 species of birds, and 1 from nearby Lipscomb, with 11 species. That may not sound like much, compared to, say, Fultondale, which led Alabama with 171 lists with 48 species. But well to do neighbors like Hoover and Vestavia residents must be too busy to sit around counting birds…only 1 list from each city.

Trey, from The Human Animal, now writes a column having to do with gardening and horticulture for The Western Tribune. More bloggers moving up in the world. More local talent in the Tribune.

Oh, gee, something happened to the comments feature. Overloaded I guess. I will work on that later. Until then, remember, this is a blog. A place for me to log my progressive, sometimes entertaining views. Not a forum, which is for the exchange of views and ideas.

Ok that’s it for today; I’m out of town seeking an internship. Wish me luck.