Archive for October, 2018

A Birding Big Year

If you were not aware, I’ve been an active birdwatcher since about 1972. We had a close friend of the family who had a love of birds, a great spotting scope, and the desire to go out and chase the birds. I’ve been on-again off-again pretty serious through the years leading to the point to where my “life list” is standing at 666 different species.

Carolina Chickadee (Mineola, Texas)

We traveled to Belize last December and started actively tracking our bird-watching numbers. So, for a Big Year, I started my “reckoning” on 1 December 2017. At last count, we were up to 369 different species (so far) this year with another couple of big outings planned before 1 December 2018.

Lark Sparrow (Mineola, Texas, 2018)

Great Egret with Perch (Mineola, Texas, 2018)

Great Egret with Perch (Mineola, Texas, 2018)

With that being said, I’ve adjusted my goals for this year — first, I want to obtain 1,000 birds on my life-list. I never thought I would make it that far but stints in Europe, Africa, Central America, and South Africa with my work allowed me to add birds to my list of which I had only dreamed. Secondly, I want to bust the “500 species” list for our big year! It will take some effort but I think we will get it. I will be blogging about it here.

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Kelowna, BC)



Golden Eagle (Kelowna, BC)


Western Meadowlark (Kelowna, BC)






California Quail (Kelowna, BC)


Lewis Woodpecker (Okanagan Falls, BC)

Say’s Phoebe (Kelowna, BC)

Evening Grosbeak (Kelowna, BC)

Finally, I also restarted my count from 1 January 2018 to have a “valid” Big Year. That number stands at 220 species — we’ll see if I can extend this out to 500 birds too.

Guianan Trogon (Belize)

Blue-crowned Motmot (Belize)

Amazon Kingfisher (Belize)

Collared Aracari (Belize)

Central American Pygmy Owl (Belize)

White-necked Puffbird (Belize)




Lesson’s Motmot (Belize)

Keel-billed Toucan (Belize)



Happy, happy birding all!

Stumbling Piper

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I always include Iron Man as part of my Jamestober celebration


… simply because we both had our beginnings in 1963 (he’s older … March … haha).  I started my Iron Man comic collection in the late 1970’s and have trying to gather as many as I can through the years … it’s quite the collection; just not complete.  Oh well … that’s the fun of collecting, right?






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For as long as I can remember now I’ve been celebrating the month of October as “Jamestober.”  I see (on instagram) that other people had this same idea.  Since my birthday is smack dab in the middle of the month I figured why not celebrate all month long!  As part of the celebration, I’ve been posting picIMG_20181017_153203451tures to instagram everyday.  I will now start posting them here …  beginning with yesterday’s post.  I went for my first MTB ride as a 55-year-old.  It felt just like when I was 54.  haha.


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4I remember back several years ago (try 20 or so) I had a webpage (stumblingpiper.com)

As the Internet grew in capabilities I moved away from building my own page and used new sites as they became available … myspace then facebook, etc.  Instagram is my latest.  However, I think I’m going back to the future and putting my stuff in a “blog” again.  This way I can control the content of what my family, friends, and acquaintances see without being afflicted with what those other sites want me to see/do/etc.

Let’s see if I have the discipline and energy to do this.  I’ve had several sputtering starts and stops in the past … but there’s always next time! 🙂


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Incredible fall colors today hiking at Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park.  Want to come back and bring my Mountain Bike for the other trails.

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