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My 2006 blogging review of this site

There is always that one moment in your life when something happens and your life is turned upside down! This could be your first up close encounter of that colorful small bird. You then find yourself becoming a birdwatcher within a matter of seconds. You remember those brown streaks down its body as clearly and those mini sideburns on its head. That’s right “how could I have forgotten its bright yellow ball cap on its head”?? You’re then looking through a line up of birds in your new field guide trying to figure out what it could be? Well, this Chestnut-sided Warbler wasn’t the bird that started my new love of blogging but a Black Bear visiting my bird feeder is what did me in!

Remember to take down your bird feeders!

For as long as I live, I will never forget my heart pumping almost 100 miles per/hour and this bears trashy mildew smell following it (the original post can be seen HERE). Yes, I have come across bears on numerous occasions but this one encounter was very special! It was me and the bear eye-to-eye and I had never been so scared in my life! Luckily I was able to capture a few photos before my neighbors dog started barking.

This was a time period which I had started visiting some of my flickr friends blogs and something just clicked that this would be a great experience to share through a blog?  I find myself 6 months after starting this blog and excited that this will be my 100th post here on “Mon@rch’s Nature Blog”. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by and I never would have expected to have so much to say to everyone.

I guess this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on a few of my favorite post from 2006 which I think you should go back and revisit again (or visit for the first time).

Is that a…..   your kidding me…..

Back in August we rescued this Beaver who somehow got trapped in one of the Administration Buildings window wells. This is something that I could have never imagined having to save but there is no doubt that this has to be my all time favorite post for 2006. To see more go to: Is that a …. Your kidding me …


mamma and the kids

My saddest post for 2006 would have to be the loss of “Marshmallow” the albino woodchuck who everyone in the park tried to see but still fell in love with. This poor little thing lost its life when given the option of challenging a dog or taking its chances with a vehicle. To see more go to: It’s not my fault that I am a mutant!


Fun Backpacking Trip

My most proud moment of 2006 was when the kids and I were able to complete our two day adventure backpacking along the North Country Trail. We started from my house and hiked to the kid’s parent’s campsite. To see more go to: Day 1 and Day 2

Wood Turtle that is tiny little guy

I think one of the most interesting discovery I had for 2006 was the young Woodturtle we found that had a broken shell. To be honest, that whole day was fun discovering wildflowers, herps, birds, ect… but this Woodturtle is a critter that I think about all the time. To see more go to: Young Woodturtle

Who - Who Cooks For You ALLLL!!

There is no doubt that I banded many wonderful birds this season. I also had an amazing year banding the Northern Saw-whet Owls and documenting each day on this blog. But, I have to give this Barred Owl the award for my largest bird banded in 2006. To see more go to: An unusual visitor at the banding station

Tree Clubmoss

Lycopodium by Maxwell C. Wheat is such a wonderful poem and one that I have been thinking about using for Christmas for quite a while now. I have to give this post the award for the longest planned blog for 2006. Do expect more poems by Max to be posted here in 2007. To read the poem go to: Lycopodium
There were so many posts in this blog that I wanted to include but I needed to keep it down to only a few of my all time faves! So, please take the time to review the others from 2006 and I would love to hear which post were your favorites.

Might 2007 bring many wonderful things to blog and Happy New Year to everyone!

9 responses

  1. Happy New Year to you too! Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do since I just found out about your blog. This will be fun!

    27 December 2006 at 10:52 am

  2. I’m happy to have found my way here. Your blog is terrific and I look foreward to reading and learning lots from you!

    27 December 2006 at 1:12 pm

  3. Thank you so very much Nature Woman and Lynne! I hope to keep you extra busy reading new post for time to catch up on what I have done already! I am also glad you found me!

    27 December 2006 at 9:26 pm

  4. Marg

    And I’m so glad I found you too Tom. I love reading your nature blog and I learn a lot here.

    I’m looking forward to another year, and Happy New Year to you!

    27 December 2006 at 10:55 pm

  5. Randy

    You’ve definitely had some very cool experiences to write about, and they’re a ton of fun to read about. I hope you keep it up!

    Happy New Year!

    28 December 2006 at 7:34 pm

  6. Marg and I am soo excited that you visit here! I am enjoying the TBO blog also! Only wish I could comment on there though!
    Randy thanks and hope to have more to come! I will do my best.
    Happy New Year to everyone here!

    29 December 2006 at 12:56 am

  7. Hey mon@rch! Congrats on all your blogging success! I really enjoy reading your posts and of course, all your photography. You make blogville a better place to visit.

    29 December 2006 at 2:19 pm

  8. thehendricksreport

    Hey Tom,

    I like the rest will be backtracking…trying to catch up on a few things I have missed. I finally get alittle time off after tomorrow. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    29 December 2006 at 9:47 pm

  9. Jenni- thanks and I love visiting your blog also!
    hendricks – thanks for visiting and christmas was great!

    29 December 2006 at 10:19 pm

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