May. 29th, 2017

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I decided to take Memorial Day off from doing work or chores. I set off first thing this morning to the nearby town of Princeton, population 6,000 or so. I walked in its huge Community Park, also known as the former World War Two prisoner-of-war camp.  When I first arrived, three House Finches stood in the field next to the parking lot. Their red heads presented a nice contrast against the late Spring grass as they took off.

I walked for a bit over an hour. Nobody else was in the park. I saw a Lark Sparrow and a dozen other species. I did not get a good picture of the male Painted Bunting I saw on a fence. I get a good picture. I listened to the Linux Action News, a half-hour Linux podcast. I like this show its network's Ask Noah show better than the recently-ended Linux Action Show.  I think that the reason comes to show length, A half-hour news podcast and an hour call-in show podcast are better for me than a two hour podcast.

I drove to Southlake Park in Farmersville.  I saw ten species of bird, and got some good pictures. I liked the Lark Bunting pictures I saw. I did not see a Painted Bunting at that park, though I often do. I did see two Greater Roadrunners as I drove down Old Josephine Road near the park. The Greater Roadrunner was my 100th species seen in Collin County this year. Last year I only had 103 for the whole year. I look to be on pace for more species this year. I have not seen a few species I expect to see, such as:
White Pelican
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
Brown Thrasher
Dickcissel

We'll see how many I see.


I drove to the small town of Josephine, population around 1,300. Its city park was too small to justify stopping and bird-watching.

I noticed in my weblog entries in May of 2014 I made the following note:

"When I first began to ride, I noticed that my front metal wheel cover lightly grazed the front tire. A bolt which holds the wheel cover to the frame disappeared. I found a small but thick stick and used it as a makeshift bolt. This solved the problem".

That solution is still in place, just over three years later.  Nothing beats a good stick.

I ate lunch at Dickey's BBQ in Wylie. It was quiet on Memorial Day Monday.  I walked a bit after lunch on Rowlett Trail in Allen. I went home and took a long nap. I picked us up sandwiches at Whichwich. I listened to the Music Manumit podcast, which had a good interview with the Chicago ambient artist Cinchel.

Now we are watching Blue Bloods reruns on television after a restful Memorial Day. I walked a bit over seven miles today.

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