Courage~ It is in the small things we see it. The child’s first step, as awesome as an earthquake.



Courage by Anne Sexton.

It is in the small things we see it.
The child’s first step,
as awesome as an earthquake.
The first time you rode a bike,
wallowing up the sidewalk.
The first spanking when your heart
went on a journey all alone.
When they called you crybaby
or poor or fatty or crazy
and made you into an alien,
you drank their acid
and concealed it.

if you faced the death of bombs and bullets
you did not do it with a banner,
you did it with only a hat to
cover your heart.
You did not fondle the weakness inside you
though it was there.
Your courage was a small coal
that you kept swallowing.
If your buddy saved you
and died himself in so doing,
then his courage was not courage,
it was love; love as simple as shaving soap.

if you have endured a great despair,
then you did it alone,
getting a transfusion from the fire,
picking the scabs off our heart,
then wringing it out like a sock.
Next, my kinsman, you powdered your sorrow,
you gave it a back rub
and then you covered it with a blanket
and after it had slept a while
it woke to the wings of the roses
and was transformed.

when you face old age and its natural conclusion
your courage will still be shown in the little ways,
each spring will be a sword you’ll sharpen,
those you love will live in a fever of love,
and you’ll bargain with the calendar
and at the last moment
when death opens the back door
you’ll put on your carpet slippers
and stride out.

BirdCast Bird Migration Regional Migration Forecast

I love this stuff and while I not ready for fall the bird migration is on its way and it is fun to be able to follow it. It is important to note that dragonflies and some butterflies are also migratory. Amazing wildlife!🙂


Bird migration is a spectacular global phenomenon that has long captured the attention of human observers; even Aristotle mentions witnessing bird migration in his writings. But it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that ornithologists realized the magnitude of migration that occurred at night.

Over the last century, technological advances have created breakthroughs in radar, acoustic, electronic, and optical technologies that have allowed finer-scale exploration of the ecology of bird migration.

  • On certain nights hundreds of millions of birds are aloft, migrating across North America
  • Birds generally take off 30-45 minutes after sunset.
  • Some birds fly all night when conditions are good and land just before dawn the next morning.
  • In some places, some birds continue migration in nonstop flights of 60-100 hours that span oceans and continents!
  • Migration altitude varies by species and by local weather and topographical conditions, ranging from just 10s of meters to several kilometers above the ground.

Direct observation of nocturnally migrating birds is difficult. Most of the information gathered so far has been limited to a handful of large species capable of wearing tracking devices. But other sources of data provide partial information about migration, which when taken together can provide insight into migration at a scale previously unimaginable. These sources include a continental-scale network of volunteer bird watchers (eBird), flight calls of nocturnally migrating birds captured by acoustic monitoring stations, and clouds of migrating birds detected at night by WSR-88D weather radar stations.

Regional Migration Forecast: 16-23 September 2016

Continental Summary

Marginal and locally favorable migration conditions early in the period eventually yield to slightly more widespread favorable migration conditions, featuring Northern Shoveler, Eared Grebe, Belted Kingfisher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, and White-crowned Sparrow in the West and Bald Eagle, Chimney Swift, Northern Flicker, Merlin, Blue-headed Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Magnolia Warbler, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Wilson’s Warbler in the East.

Source: Regional Migration Forecast: 16-23 September 2016 : BirdCast

Arrows show wind speed and direction (arrow points in the direction to which wind is blowing) 100 m above ground level. Areas with southerly winds are colored red; northerly winds colored blue. Accumulated precipitation (in 6 hour intervals) is green, outlined by white. Broadly speaking, areas of the map in blue will experience conditions that are favorable for migration, and areas where blue and green (and red and blue) intersect and overlap may experience migrant concentrations and fallouts as migrants interact with precipitation.

We use data collected by eBird users help make more accurate forecasts. If you enjoy the predictions contained in these posts, please consider submitting your own bird sightings to eBird to even further improve the content. Every observation counts, whether it be a single bird at a feeder in your backyard, or an entire day spent in a national park. To get started with eBird, head on over to the site!

Need a review of our definitions for regions, species on the move, and migration amounts? Please visit this link.

Quick Links to Regions

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Nature Notes (#392)~ A pekin duck visits the yard


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More information can be found at the top of the blog on a separate page, but it really is easy. What are you or have you seen and enjoyed in nature? It can be from your own backyard, the local park, out on a hike or anywhere. What plants and animals catch your interest? Do you garden? Have you read a good book on nature? 

Write a blog post with a photo, a story, a poem, anything goes because I love to see what Mother Nature is up to in your area. Please submit one blog post per week and link back to Nature Notes in some way.

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We had some much needed rain and the pond is up a foot from its lowest point during this summer’s drought. I am reading that the drought will affect the fall leaf colors too. I always look forward to cooler days and beautiful fall colors… We will see..

Every once in a while something new shows up in the yard …… Something white?

pekin duck


Hello…. a big white pekin duck showed up with a mallard female and seven teenage ducklings. They swam across the pond and came up on the lawn.

pekin duck


The Pekin duck is a domesticated duck used primarily for egg and meat production. It was bred from the Mallard in China, it was brought to the United States about 1873, where it is the most popular commercial duck breed.

Due to its friendly nature, more and more people are enjoying this breed as pets. Their average lifespan (if not used for meat production) is about 9 to 12 years.

  • It is widely believed that Donald Duck is modeled after a Pekin duck.
  • The mascot of the insurance company Aflac is a Pekin duck.

pekin duck

The pekin is bigger than the mallard and is too heavy to fly …so I hope this duck has a place to go back to for the winter and I haven’t seen it since that day.

Adult Pekin ducks weigh between 8 and 11 pounds (3.6 and 5 kilograms) in captivity.

pekin duck

They are characterized by a yellow bill and creamy white plumage, with orange shanks and toes. The ducks have an upright carriage and a peculiarly upturned rump.

The ducks have a more upright stance than dabbling ducks

Ducklings have bright yellow plumage.

pekin duck

You never know who will show up in the yard…..

What are you seeing in nature? It can be from your own backyard, the local park, out on a hike or anywhere. What plants and animals catch your interest? What do you find interesting in nature? Take a photo, write a post, a story, a poem, anything goes because I love to see what Mother Nature is up to in your area. PS..please check back and visit bloggers who post later in the week!

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Bayer to Buy Monsanto Creating World’s Largest Seed and Pesticide Company or the Next Evil Empire

Regarding the possibility of chemical giant German company Bayer buying GMO seed king Monsanto…. or more news that makes me want to smack my head against a wall. Why are we in such a hurry to poison everything on the planet?…but wait… the Bayer and Monsanto only want us to have more food and farmers to have easier lives… Seriously and they sleep at night too….

What the company CEO’s would like you to believe….

From Fox Business News –Bayer and Monsanto CEOs: Farmers Need This Deal

Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant weighed in on why this deal is beneficial to shareholders and farmers.

“If you look at humongous challenges that growers are confronted with of having to produce evermore on limited acreage in order to feed ever-growing population, our purpose is to bring better solutions faster to growers so they can increase yield and with that contribute feeding a rapidly growing population,” Baumann said.

“I think at the end of the day it’s about opportunity. It is a great deal for our shareholders…but to Werner’s point, more importantly, this a great deal for farmers because farmers are starving for innovations,” Grant told host Liz Claman.

Source: Bayer and Monsanto CEOs: Farmers Need This Deal | Fox Business

Sure…it is a great thing for farmers to have to buy their GMO seeds that they then have to treat with Bayer produced pesticides and herbicides many of which are banned in the European Union …

if the deal is approved by Federal regulators — which is still an open question — the new company would become the largest agribusiness on the planet, selling 29 percent of the world’s seeds and 24 percent of its pesticides.

Dave Murphy, the executive director of Food Democracy Now!,”Agricultural biotechnology has never been about ‘feeding the world,’ but enriching the bottom line of toxic chemical corporations that have had a long history of producing chemicals that are deadly to human populations and the environment,” he told EcoWatch.

Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified (GMO) crops and maker of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, has faced mounting controversy and numerous lawsuits in recent years over the health and environmental impacts of its products.

Bayer has also been subject to criticism over its widely used insecticide, imidacloprid, which belongs to a controversial class of chemicals called neonicotinoids that’s linked to widespread deaths of pollinators.

On the landmark news, Murphy said: “Now the most evil company in Europe has absorbed the most evil company in America. Monsanto and Bayer’s new corporate motto should be ‘Killing bees and butterflies for fun and profit.'”

Source: Bayer to Buy Monsanto Creating World’s Largest Seed and Pesticide Company