Yellow Warbler, Creamer's Refuge, Fairbanks

They Are Not “Wild Canaries”


When WC was a young pup, even more ignorant than now, he’d see these bright, yellow birds flitting around in the willow and alder thickets. When WC asked someone, possibly his scoutmaster, what they were, he was told they were “wild canaries.” They’re not, of course. They are Yellow Warblers. WC mentions this because he…

Evening Grosbeak, Payette Lake, Idaho

The Same, But Different


WC spent the Memorial Day weekend in Central Idaho, on Payette Lake. At a little over 5,000 feet – an altitude that in Alaska supports only rock, ice and lichen – it presents a Ponderosa Pine forest, with trees up to five feet in diameter. True, the forest is damaged by over-cutting, wildfires and Pine Beetles,…