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The End of Summer

Sunset and Smokey Campfire

Summer has ended and we begin to reflect those many great things we did or didn’t do over the summer. Without a doubt one of the highlights of the summer was backpacking 3 nights along the North Country Trail here in Allegany State Park. Another highlight included the spectacular banding season with an outstanding banding crew!

Our Tents Backpacking along the North Country Trail

Many of my friends have continued to reminded me that I have not been keeping up with this blog. Ya Ya . . . I am sorry but I really needed the break! Owl season is around the corner and I am more than sure that I will have many great things this fall to get me back blogging again. Thanks to everyone for being such loyal viewers and I do plan to get back into blogging kick again . . . . I promise!

Sun and Campfire Smoke

Good News . . . Recently I have been asked by two different authors to review their new bird books . . . . . . BIRDWATCHER The Life of Roger Tory Peterson (by Elizabeth J Rosenthal) and For the BIRDS (by Anne Schmauss, Mary Schmauss and Geni Krolick). Both authors gave me an extra copy to use as a give away to one of you guys (I still need to do some reading but be sure to keep your eye out for my reviews . . . ).  I am open to ideas on how to give these books away . . . . ??

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36 responses

  1. ephemeron1224

    You can give each one away in a separate post and have people enter to win by leaving a comment. Then you can use’s Integer Generator to pick the winner!

    24 September 2008 at 6:36 pm

  2. Pam

    You could do a random number generator to pick two of us!! Or you could pick the first two commentors! LOL!!!

    24 September 2008 at 6:58 pm

  3. I think the photos with the sunlight streaming through the trees are beautiful,even if it has to do with smoke.

    24 September 2008 at 7:37 pm

  4. Well I like the first 2 commentors! Glad to see you’ll be back soon 🙂

    24 September 2008 at 7:38 pm

  5. Looking forward to you upcoming posts. Glad you enjoyed the summer!

    24 September 2008 at 11:39 pm

  6. Wow, do those photos ever make me want to get back into camping. What a great place your park is!

    25 September 2008 at 1:46 am

  7. NatureShutterbug

    Lovely, restful pictures.

    I think your young Naturalist helpers deserve time with the books. Why don’t you let them read them and then pass them on.

    25 September 2008 at 2:00 am

  8. I think you should just give them both to me.

    25 September 2008 at 6:36 am

  9. Or, you could, say, give one to the… oh, ninth commenter of a given post? (Tee hee hee) Glad to see you back Tom. We’ve missed you, but understand the need for a break. :c)

    25 September 2008 at 6:48 am

  10. We certainly are all glad to hear from you about your adventures agian. Summer may be over, but the fun and beauty of nature is in no way halted.

    25 September 2008 at 9:27 am

  11. Congratulations on reviewing the books! The biography looks interesting!

    Gorgeous photos. It really makes me look forward to Fall a bit.

    25 September 2008 at 11:28 am

  12. I think the publishers were smart to get you to write some comments on those books.

    Fall is sneaking in on us–will be looking forward to reading about the owls

    25 September 2008 at 11:53 am

  13. Marg

    No, no I think it should be the last two commenters 😉

    Very neat having a giveaway-I’m glad you had your break and will be back with owls. I AM coming for owls this year!

    25 September 2008 at 12:53 pm

  14. Sherri

    Congratulations Tom, that’s quite an honour and recognition of your expertise to be asked to review not one, but two, books!!

    25 September 2008 at 1:30 pm

  15. I will look forward to owl season…your owl banding posts are always a delight. Congratulations on being chosen as a reviewer…that is pretty special

    25 September 2008 at 1:34 pm

  16. Oh Tom,

    I can so relate to needing a break. I am getting back on the blogging train, too. I fell off this summer….fall is inspiring. I can’t wait to see all you have in store.

    25 September 2008 at 4:18 pm

  17. Sarah

    Ya Ya! I wouldn’t mind a book either, think about it.

    25 September 2008 at 4:56 pm

  18. Monarch: Ask your viewers what was the craziest thing they have done for their birds. Example… woke up at 4am to fill feeders? Made a bird blind out of leaves to collect data? Painted their skin to camouflage themselves? The craziest bird lover should win a book! It won’t be me, ’cause I’m really not that dedicated..ha,ha,ha!
    PS: I’m glad you took a rest, don’t let cyberworld put pressure on you! Great job on being a book reviewer!!!

    25 September 2008 at 8:37 pm

  19. How about a drawing? I’m feeling lucky!

    25 September 2008 at 10:31 pm

  20. Wonderful photos. I remember camping when I was younger and how much I enjoyed it. Then life intruded. But something must have been right as I have a nephew with a nature-oriented lifestyle.

    26 September 2008 at 6:39 am

  21. Lisa at Greenbow

    So glad you are feeling like blogging again. If your posts weren’t so darned interesting a person wouldn’t care if you posted or not. I hope you are feeling well and having a good time.

    These photos make me think of how when I see this phenom the light seems to draw me in the direction of the rays.

    26 September 2008 at 8:12 am

  22. What a great honor to be asked to review these books!

    27 September 2008 at 8:23 pm

  23. How about a contest for the books–maybe something as simple as posting one of your photos & asking your readers for possible captions.
    (BTW, you’ll notice I never razzed you about not “keeping up” with your blog. Personally I think we’re all better off “keeping up” with real life. If blogging is going to keep me from hiking, blogging will have to take a back seat, thank you!)

    28 September 2008 at 3:54 am

  24. It’s good to see a post here. I always believe you should post when you want to and have the time. I look forward to your fall owl pics.

    When 10,000 Birds has a book giveaway, they usually hold some kind of a contest.

    28 September 2008 at 2:37 pm

  25. lvn600

    Camping is usually a great experience and I’m looking forward to it myself.-Blogging can get a little tiresome -especially at the rate you were putting out quality posts.-I’ll be interested to read the Roger Tory Peterson biography.

    28 September 2008 at 8:11 pm

  26. Tom,

    I’ve been thinking you’ve had a banner summer full of fun and busy-ness.

    Congratulations on being asked to review books by such notorious authors! Wow. What an honor – one you deserve.


    28 September 2008 at 10:34 pm

  27. Congrats on the book reviews. I am going camping now. Fall season is the best!

    30 September 2008 at 4:00 pm

  28. Love the way the sun is showing itself. Great photograph!

    1 October 2008 at 11:04 am

  29. I slip away all the time Tom, it’s a real chore trying to keep it up, talk to you later.

    2 October 2008 at 2:47 pm

  30. Sarah

    Blog- noun; to write daily.

    2 October 2008 at 9:27 pm

  31. What level are you at now?

    3 October 2008 at 3:41 pm

  32. Ha leave it to me to bring up the rear again. Hmm maybe the books should go to me!! Just because. 😉

    I know you enjoyed your time off. good for you.

    6 October 2008 at 7:28 am

  33. Congrats! And hope you are enjoying fall.

    9 October 2008 at 9:26 pm

  34. nancyann

    HAPPY BITHDAY dear Tom
    HAPPY BITHDAY to you!

    14 October 2008 at 3:42 pm

  35. sarah

    Hey Yeah Happy Birthday!

    14 October 2008 at 3:45 pm

  36. Happy belated birthday! The 14th is my hubby’s, too (mine’s the 13th.)
    The photos of the rays in the smoke are absolutely stunning. I’m glad you had a great & eventful summer. 🙂

    20 October 2008 at 4:17 am

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