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October 6th, 2019

Tanager

Saturday I got a couple of practical things done. I went for a walk on the Celebration Pass Trail. I saw the usual sorts of year-round birds, and not any migrating songbirds. Then I walked in Bethany Lakes Par,k, where my  bird list ran a bit longer but no more adventurously. I did get a good photo of a Widow Skimmer Dragonfly.

During the afternoon I worried about our dog Beatrice. Beatrice suffered from a bit of illness this week. Her advanced age shows this weekend.  I spent a good bit of time with her on Saturday. Friday we got her antibiotics, as we and her vet hope that all she suffers from is an infection.

Saturday night we went to dinner fairly late. We ate at Silver Thai. I ate the Garlic Gulf with Shrimp. I found myself discomfited to an unexpected extent by a table of diners who made an amount of noise I found excessive. I usually take things like that in stride.

Sunday I woke up at 2:30 a.m. thinking it was 5:30 a.m. I had my morning breakfast cereal before I realized my error. Then  I went back to sleep. I took a walk on the Chisholm Trail by Christie Elementary. My main camera lacked charged AA batteries, but I used a spare Samsung I used for a client to take some photos of a place. I got a reasonable picture of a House Finch.

At WW the scale said I gained 1.4 pounds. This caused me no concern, as any swing up or down of 2 pounds fails to matter. I picked up batteries. a check and some cash prior to church. At church the sermon dealt with forgiveness. The minister played the entire video of the recent victim impact statement by an 18-year-old man who said he forgave his brother's killer. The entire video gave much more context than the snippet played on the television news of the young man hugging the policewoman who killed his brother.

After church, I ate a grilled chicken sandwich and a chili at Wendy's. Then  I drove to Russell Creek Park in Plano. After circling the lake and walking on the perimeter of the park,  I found a paved walking path that left the park proper and went along a tree-lined creekside.

After a few moments, I saw a red bird. This bird turned out not to be a common Northern Cardinal, but to be a less common Summer Tanager.
I took a couple of dozen pictures of this bird.  The Summer Tanager sighting brought my Collin County 2019 bird list up to 102 species.

I watched part of the Dallas Cowboys game, which turned into a runaway loss to the Green Bay Packers (but later turned into only a disappointing loss). I took a walk in Glendover Park.  I picked up our back yard. I buried a small House Sparrow who died of unknown causes.

The cold front began to move in. I picked us up dinner at El Pollo Loco. The rain started when I drove home.

Beatrice is lying comfortably on her Mississippi bed. I hope she recovers. I worry that her advanced age causes greater concern. I also know that dogs do not live forever, though Bea has been with us over 13 years and the vet and shelter said she was 6 when we adopted her.





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