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Saturday, September 19, 2020


I have been maintaining a blog since 2006. Recently Google has been infiltrated by dumbshits. Google's Blogger app has changed the way posts are created, structured and posted, apparently to make it more 'cellphone friendly'. It is awkward and a giant step backward.

Facebook is ephemeral, leaving no tracks that can be retrieved. I am taking a break from Blogger, looking for other options for sharing thoughts and photos, other than breakfast at Hy- Vee.  

I will continue to save photos on Flickr. 

WordPress? Anyone with other options may leave a comment. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Blue-headed Vireo

Still a few Warblers filtering though. Good looks at a Bay-breasted Warbler and two Magnolia Warblers. We saw two or three immatures almost a month ago, but these look to be mature males in winter plumage. 

Also fleeting looks at a first of season Blue-headed Vireo. I had to manipulate the photo more than I like, but the firestorm haze in the sky was causing a weird pink tint to the photos when the Vireo showed up.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

A Good Warbler (and Vireo) Day

There was a lot of action. More photos than usual for the Hoods who were birding guests in the Growlery Garden. Somehow I missed that Chestnut-sided Warbler and likely a couple of others.

Check list:
1.  Clean the lens.
2.  Clean the screen.
3.  Battery charged?
4.  SIM card in?
5.  Clear the SIM card.
6.  Check the camera settings.
7.  Shoot a couple of test shots.
8.  Adjust the camera settings.
9.  Take more test shots.
10.  *Get lucky*

- Gunnar