Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Our house at Christmas

Personal photos and sightings from the CBC this morning

Location: MN-Olmsted-CBC section 7
Observation date: 12/20/08
Notes: Christmas Bird Count 2008. Temp in the morning 19°, noon 25°. Cloudy, heavy snow started about 8:30 AM that limited sightings and travel. About 20" of snow on the ground. Noon total for group was 54 species. I was the only observer in this section all morning. I quit at 1:30 because of weather. Main locations: 19th St, Landfill reservoirs, Oxbow Park, Seasons Hospice: Cabin in the Woods, Gravel roads. Best sighting: Ruffed Grouse.
Number of species: 25

Canada Goose X
Mallard 4
Ring-necked Pheasant 35
Ruffed Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 11
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rough-legged Hawk 2
American Kestrel 1
Rock Pigeon 24
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 21
American Crow 196
Horned Lark 5
Black-capped Chickadee 26
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
European Starling 62
American Tree Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 84
Northern Cardinal 11
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 52

Rochester CBC Map
Section 7 CBC Map

Rochester CBC Information
Rochester CBC Count Information

Friday, October 31, 2008


Our youngest Trick or Treater. Our one year old next door neighbor, Dominic.

Number of kids this year: 93 (106 in 2007, 115 in 2005)

Monday, September 29, 2008


Homecoming was this weekend at Concordia Academy-Bloomington. Alena went to the dance with Evan, a friend we've known from our summer vacations up north. Here are some pictures
from the night.