Still alive and kicking here at the B and B hacienda, albeit I've been a bit preoccupied. I plan to resume posting regularly soon, albeit I'm going to have to work up to it.
Meanwhile, a few bird notes: Despite watching birds for several years, I am still enough of a novice to learn something new all the time.
Just last spring, on an volunteer outing at the yet-to-be-opened Crowridge Canyon nature park, charting Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo habitat, I learned the song of the Bewick's Wren. Once I learned the song, suddenly I heard them everywhere, including in our yard, which previously I had assumed only contained Carolina Wrens.
Fast forward to this year. Earlier this spring, I was wondering why I didn't hear any Bewick's Wrens. Carolinas were still plentiful, but now the Bewick's were apparently missing in action. That was April. Now it's May, and I suddenly hear Bewick's all over, and the Carolinas have gone silent.
Looking back, it was last May when I learned the Bewick's song and heard them all over, so I'm suspecting there's a pattern here that only now have I awoken to.