Red-tailed Hawk shopping for lunch

Lunch Time


It’s perilous for W to post photos of raptors. WC has friends who are far, far better at bird photography, especially raptor photography, than WC will ever be. Link to their sites are over in the side bar. But here are a couple of Red-tailed Hawk photos, showing that hawks don’t turn their bills up…

They're back!

Hallowe’en on Harrison


As WC has reported here before, Hallowe’en is a pretty big deal on Harrison Boulevard here in the North End of Boise. Thousands of young extortionists trick or treaters arrive from all over Ada County. The homeowners on Harrison Boulevard – in addition to laying in thousands of candies for the hordes – do their…

Sidewalk, Installed 1912, Boise

North End Sidewalks: A Photo Essay


WC grew up without sidewalks. Except for a few years Outside in Eugene, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois, attending school, WC hasn’t been around sidewalks very much. Which may explain WC’s fascination with them here in the North End of Boise. The North End of Boise was platted in the late 1880s, a few years before…

Sword-billed Hummingbird, Yanacocha, Ecuador

Still More Bills


Some years ago now, excellent birder and bird photographer Richard Ditch and WC co-authored a couple of articles on bird identification for bird photographers. Richard did most of the work, and made an excellent point: a bird’s bill is a good starting point for identifying the bird’s species and figuring out how the bird makes…