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Mystery Bird: Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio

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[Mystery bird] Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio, photographed at the Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship building in Manhattan Kansas, Photographed from the inside with the woods outside to the south. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]
Image: photographed by Thomas Manney, this image appears here at the suggestion of Dave Rintoul.

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Mystery Bird: Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio

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[Mystery bird] Eastern Screech-Owl, Otus asio, photographed at the Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship building in Manhattan Kansas [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]
Image: photographed by Thomas Manney, this image appears here at the suggestion of Dave Rintoul.

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Tornado Rips the Hell out of Manhattan

Jun 12 2008 Published by under Manhattan, Kansas, USA, Nature

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"Hello? Dad? Can I borrow your car?"
Image: Dave Rintoul, 12 June 2008 [larger view].

[Includes slideshow]
After I returned from Manhattan, Kansas, I thought of it as a wonderful, magical place where I would always be able to return, to see birds and photograph lots of native wildlife, to find a warm and safe place with my good friends, Dave and Elizabeth. (I am sure all of you know Dave quite well, since his gorgeous photographs are often featured as the "Image of the Day" on this site.) But while I was preoccupied with my imaginings, I was reminded once again today that things can change, and change dramatically in the blink of an eye.

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Wild Turkey

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Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo,
seen at Fancy Creek and Randolph - North end of Tuttle Creek Reservoir in Kansas.
Image: Dave Rintoul, KSU. [larger view].

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Kentucky Coffee Tree

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Bark of the Kentucky Coffee Tree, Gymnocladus dioicus.
Image: GrrlScientist, 2008. [larger view].

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Eastern Cottonwood Tree

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Bark of the Eastern Cottonwood, Populus deltoides.
Image: GrrlScientist, 2008. [larger view].

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And Now, A Few Words About Northwest Airlines

Apr 03 2008 Published by under Manhattan, Kansas, USA


Not my plane, but the picture resembles what I saw
during most of my round-trip flight (fluffy clouds obscuring Earth).
Image: Boeing Photo, Neg #K63322.

Last, but not least after I've returned from my trip, is a few words about Northwest Airlines. In short, I flew from JFK to Detroit, then changed planes to continue my journey on to Kansas City, Missouri, where I met my ride. Because I was suffering from a total of three fractures (two in my arm), none of which were protected with a cast due to their location, I was worried about boarding the plane. I was certain that someone would touch my arm or squish up against me, causing intense pain, so I requested, and was granted, permission to pre-board the plane.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Apr 03 2008 Published by under Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Juliet:
'Tis almost morning, I would have thee gone --
And yet no farther than a wan-ton's bird,
That lets it hop a little from his hand,
Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
And with a silken thread plucks it back again,
So loving-jealous of his liberty.
Romeo:
I would I were thy bird.
Juliet:
Sweet, so would I,
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
-- William Shakespeare. Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2.

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My Kansas/Nebraska Bird List

Apr 03 2008 Published by under Birding, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

My recent visit to Manhattan Kansas and the Platte River, Nebraska, was the first time I've ever set foot into either state, so this is my complete bird list for that region. Life list birds are noted with red font.

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Migrating Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River, Nebraska

Apr 02 2008 Published by under Birding, Manhattan, Kansas, USA, Ornithology, Zoology

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Sign about the Platte River in Nebraska.
Image: GrrlScientist, 2008. [wallpaper size].

This past weekend, Dave, Elizabeth and I drove from Manhattan, Kansas to the Platte River in next-door Nebraska to see the migrating sandhill cranes, Grus canadensis. These flocks of migratory cranes are a mixture of greater and lesser sandhill cranes along with some hybrids between these two subspecies, often referred to as intermediate sandhill cranes. (There also are sedentary subspecies of sandhill cranes, all of which are endangered). I grew up watching greater sandhill cranes, G. c. tabida, migrate along the west coast and have likely also seen some lesser sandhill cranes, G. c. canadensis mixed into those crowds as well.

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