|Black-capped Chickadee on suet|
I won't go into a lot of detail about school because that is not what this blog is supposed to be about but I'll at least tell you that it has been better than I expected. At least I'm not being shoved into lockers or anything like that. The high school I'm going to is, needless to say, a pretty low-quality school as education standards go.
|View from our house in summer|
|Who is that uppity-looking young man?|
I have done some birding in the past six months, mainly consisting of biweekly counts at a local National Wildlife Refuge. These counts are what mainly keep me going and they are a lot of fun, even if there is 50 MPH winds with a -10 degree wind chill! This has happened this fall, and believe me, it feels very cold and miserable when you're standing on a board walk with a scope, trying to stabilize it. The counts I do at this refuge (Las Vegas NWR) help the staff at the refuge keep a list of birds that are being sighted here and at the same time, let the public know where to see certain birds.
Besides from doing bird counts at the refuge I helped other volunteers "staff scopes" along the driving loop in November. Staffing scopes pretty much means setting up a couple scopes and then standing by them and getting people who drive by to take a peek at whatever we happen to be looking at. This was also pretty fun because, for one, me and my dad got to wear "NWR volunteer jackets" so we looked pretty intimidating (not!).
|Early morning discovery|
I was supposed to have a pretty exciting Winter Break in store up until a couple of days ago. I was supposed to fly out Friday to do a Christmas Bird Count in Point Reyes, California with my cousin. But this trip was called off as you will see. Before Wednesday, (December 15th) we had had very little snow. But on the 15th it started snowing and it didn't stop until the morning of the 17th. That meant that we got a pretty nice one and a half feet of snow around our house! You can imagine that it would have been pretty hard to drive out of our driveway with almost 2 feet of snow on the ground. That is why my parents decided to cancel my CBC in California. It also just so happened that Point Reyes was predicted to get 10 inches of rain over the weekend! That's a bunch of rain!
At first I was a tad depressed but I found that one can have a good deal of fun with one foot of snow! Besides shoveling our porch and driveway, me and my dad held the first ever "Las Vegas Snow-Bowl". A snow-bowl is when you do hardcore football in two feet of snow! Because I had never participated in a "snow-bowl" before I didn't realized how soaked and cold I would get. My dad was next to our garage and would throw the football to me on the run. I would often have to dive for it and that's when I got all the snow down my coat! It was a ton of fun though. I would run my hardest and then leap in the air and come crashing down in the snow (usually without the football). After about 20 throws I got simply too damn cold to continue and rushed inside to the nice, hot, wood stove (you cannot imagine how good a really hot wood stove feels after you've got two tons of snow down your coat!).
|I'm gonna catch it!!|
|I caught it!!|
|Boy, I'm cold!|
Luckily, I have a plan B. Plan B is doing the Albuquerque and Las Vegas Christmas Bird Counts along with 2-3 other CBC's in Arizona and western New Mexico. The Las Vegas count is the day after Christmas and the Albuquerque count is Sunday (Dec. 19). The Albuquerque and Arizona CBC's are still up in the air but I will make a post if they happen. Keep an eye open for another post!
|Call animal control, there's a rabid dog at my house!!|