I have recently had a new visitor to my garden. The other day I glanced out the window and on the bird bath was a bird I had not seen before. It was black and orange and the size of a robin. I quickly grabbed the camera, took a picture and looked it up.
I soon discovered that this is what is called a Varied Thrush. Looking at the map its main habitat is the Pacific Northwest and it only comes down this far during the winter/non mating season. So here this beautiful orange and black creature was, after coming such a long way has decided to stay a while in my backyard. I was rather fascinated and wanted to confirm that this visitor had actually traveled that far and I found this entry.
Since the new year is an excellent time to adjust one’s habits and routines I’ve decided to experiment with a number of changes.
One of the biggest is to stop using Facebook. So far I’ve gone three days and the feeling is one of tranquility and peacefulness. It is not that I have anything against Facebook or agree with the reasons of the usual anti-Facebook crowd. Facebook to me has been invaluable since I have a vast amount of acquaintances throughout the world with whom I would have lost all contact and even memory if it wasn’t for Facebook. Facebook helped me keep those connections from completely dying.