Yellow-billed Magpie, Pinnacles National Park, California

The Magpie Principle Explained


WC has apparently confused folks by describing his approach to this blog as the embodiment of the Magpie Principle. While we live in confusing times, WC doesn’t want to unnecessarily contribute to that confusion. So let’s see if WC can explain his reference. (WC has used the term – sometimes as “magpie sensibility” – to…

Wilson's Snipe. The perch is some kind of rubber bag, not a rock.

It Was a Snipe Hunt


WC was unable to completely escape the smoke of wildfires. The effort was basically a snipe hunt. But the smoke – and the start of the school year – combined to give WC and Mrs. WC one of their few times in Idaho when they had an entire camping area to themselves. Regular blog posts…