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About the mogg blog

this blog is more of a journal of my thoughts and activities (actually more of activities than thoughts -- i don't do all that much thinking)

Started a new book

I began reading a new book this week.  LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren.  It is a story about her studies of plant life and the things that drive a scientist.  She writes about her childhood and how she grew to find a sanctuary in science.

Lab Girl

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Posted by on January 18, 2020 in Uncategorized


Birds seen on January 1, 2020

This is a list of the birds I saw today.  They were all seen in our park.

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Green Jay
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Clay-coloured Thrush
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow-rumpled Warbler
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Bronzed Cowbird
  • Hooded Oriole
  • House Sparrow

Great day!!!!!





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Posted by on January 1, 2020 in Uncategorized


The first bird I saw in 2020

The first bird I saw in 2020 was a Golden-fronted Woodpecker.  A Rio Grande Valley specialty.

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Posted by on January 1, 2020 in Uncategorized


Quiet day in the valley

It is a little cooler today.  High of 71 F (22 C).  Very overcast this morning, but it has cleared and is mostly blue sky now.  I went to the library this morning with my camera and my binoculars to watch the bird garden.  Pair of Hood Orioles, a pair of N. Cardinals, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a Wilson’s Warbler, Green Jays, a House Wren, grackles, etc.

Some gardening work this afternoon.  And now I am headed to Walmart to look for parrots and pick up a few items.

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Posted by on November 23, 2019 in Uncategorized



What a great story.  It is written by Richard Powers.  I recommend this book.


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Posted by on August 28, 2019 in Uncategorized


BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett

I just finished reading this novel.  It held my attention from the get-go.  This novel was a winner of the Orange Prize and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award.  The story takes place somewhere in South America.  Following a lavish birthday party, where powerful, wealthy people from around the world are gathered, the group is captured by terrorists and held for ransom.  The author shows how the various characters develop and their lives change during their captivity.  It is quite an amazing story.

Bel Canto - Copy

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Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


Bentsen State Park is threatened by the Border Wall

Bentsen – Rio Grande Valley State Park is about an hour away from my Texas Home.  It is one of the top Birding destinations in the United States.  The proposed Border Wall will slice right thru the park, walling off more than 3/4 of the park, in effect ceding it to Mexico.  I took these photos the other day on a quick visit to the park



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Posted by on March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized