Saturday, June 20, 2009

And I start to complain that there's no rain

I started this Saturday evening desperately attempting to make plans, any plans, but eventually just gave up and decided to go for an evening walk through High Park. It was quite beautiful really; a light mist falling, the vegetation glistening with water droplets, and the leaves of trees drooping forlornly with the heaviness of moisture. Overhead, Chimney Swifts chattered away as silhouettes of small birds flew by (almost certainly Chickadees).

Later, as the evening turned to night, I started to hear Common Nighthawks 'meep'ing above me, out of sight from my umbrella. I was also lucky enough to see a passing skunk near the main road, ambling along and (thankfully) minding its own business. It's so darn peaceful in there on nights like this.

As I was walking, I started to think about missing the Carden Alvar trip through the TOC and how disappointing it is that I wasn't able to attend. Everyone who went gushed about how wonderful the area is and the reports coming from there are excellent (especially the latest post on Ontbirds by Bob Cumming, who looks to have had a spectacular day there despite the rain). It's a trip that I must, must, must, must take.

The other outing I'm hopefully going on, particularly now that I have Saturdays off, is the Toronto Butterfly Count. To this day, I have never been on a single butterfly count in any area and I really want to learn how the Toronto area differs both in species and abundance from the Pelee Circle.

Forgotten but not gone

If one was to count how many excuses I've come up with on Cerulean Sky as to why I haven't posted for weeks on end, one would likely find that the number of posts including said excuses outnumbers the posts without them...did that sentence make sense? I think it does.

Anyway, here's a list of reasons for my absence for you to choose from (as a friend pointed out, my last entry was quite the cliffhanger. I'm sick, and then no more posts!).

a) Busy with work. Perhaps my best excuse since I got a new position at work where I now perform a variety of cool administrative tasks. More responsibility, lots of challenges, etc. I'm loving it, but it is a time burglar.

b) I'm back in Toronto. The city provides so many distractions that when my day off finally comes, sleeping in and then socializing is just so tantalizing. I have, fortunately, made it out birding since I've been back in the city after being at Pelee for two weeks but nothing substantial enough.

3...oh, I mean c) No Marianne. I miss you, Marianne!

So, you're asking, when is he going to get around to talking about birds? Welllll, one goal I have in the next little while is to actually do a complete May post detailing the entire month. I also have to get out my complete May list as well. And of course, my favourite, the May misses!!

I'm also going to get around to catching up on and commenting on others' blogs entries that I've been missing lately. Let's hope I can bring Cerulean Sky back to some regularity!