September to me is a sad reminder that summer cannot last forever and cruel, cold winter is on its way. However, the month does have highlights.

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September to me is a sad reminder that summer cannot last forever and
cruel, cold winter is on its way. However,
the month does have highlights. For example, on September 9th,
I was privileged to speak to several groups of elementary-aged kids about ducks
and duck conservation at the West Texas Fair. And despite my feelings about the month, there were plenty of good blog

Alex Burdo at his blog, Flight
of the Scrub Jays
, shares his feelings on “patch listing” noting the
differences between a hotspot and a patch. 

Being the second decade of the twenty-first century, the majority of us
have relatively easy access to an automobile, or at least some kind of
transportation powered by fossil fuels. As we birders know, a car is the
backbone to a successful rarity chase, or perhaps a fun birding road trip, or
even an outing to a nearby hotspot.…Hold on now, I know what some of your
disclaimers are, and I’ll address them both in turn. First off, you’re probably
thinking “Is he kidding me? The best nearby birding spot is a half an hour away
on the interstate! How could I possibly reach it without a car? 

Over at Catching
the Thermals
, Brendan Murtha talks about what he does on those “slow
birding days”:

I love birding. It’s my passion and when times are busy (like this fall
is-busier than ever) birding is the one thing I make sure I always have time to
get out and do. But over the summer, some of those slow birding days found me
noticing and marveling at the other flying creatures that surrounded me- and
during these sort of days there were no lack of them. Butterflies and
dragonflies had come into my interest.

Kristina Polk, Wild
At Heart
blogger, writes about the ocean, something I enjoy very much

I have always been drawn to the ocean. Its rolling tides, the gentle
lulling rush of waves as they reach the shore, the faraway endless horizon, the
biodiversity concealed just under the surface. Gulls and terns patrol the
skies, shorebirds prod the sands, pelicans are sentinels on the docks. Dolphins
frequent the currents, whales appear amid monotonous waves, seals rest placidly
on the coast…

And last, but certainly not least, the Prairie
helps tag young Turkey Vultures:

In mid-August I travelled again with Dr. Wayne Nelson, and also the
local Fish & Wildlife officer, and a wildlife photographer to wing tag
young Turkey Vultures. We visited three abandoned buildings, each with two
vultures in it, and at two of the buildings we saw an adult flying over. We
tagged the vulture chicks from the first and second buildings while indoors,
but the vultures from the last building we tagged outside, so most of the
photos of the tagging, below, are from the last building since the lighting was