May 13th, 2015

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floods and brood predators

Though the chances of rain each day are less than one hundred percent, we face a chance of rain each day into next week. This led to flash flood watches being re-issued. Our house is on fairly high ground, if any ground in a largely flat landscape is properly called high ground. Some rural places in the county are creek-adjacent and more at risk.

Yesterday at lunch I walked in Heritage Park in Sachse. I like that park because a Loggerhead Shrike lives there. This little songbird-sized predator loves the combination of small trees, open fields, and chain-link fences offered by this little baseball-field park. I like it when that bird lands near me and I can take photographs.

After work, I saw a small Brown-headed Cowbird lying on the ground. I did not think it looked hurt or in distress. I thought it looked as if it is learning its way around flying. I left it alone, but took a photograph from afar with a zoom lens. These birds are brood predators--they lay their eggs in other birds' nests. I read a reasonable explanation that this strategy lets them follow cattle herds more easily than raising young. I see a lot of them this year.
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quinoa and yellow

I got up early and listened to music. That makes me happy.

I listened to Radio New Zealand during my drive home. The talk show person used the phrase "love rat" to describe someone who cheats during a relationship. That bit of British slang was new to me, yet quite memorable.

The rains came back today. I was delighted that I took a yellow rain parka to work with me. After work, I took pictures of birds in the rain.

When I arrived in Allen, I took this picture of a cottontail in Allen Station Park:

My wife made us a meal from a recipe on the Weight Watchers site--bell peppers with quinoa and chickpeas. I normally am not one for bell peppers but this was sure good.