Sweeping through the sky, driven by cold fronts and the coming snows; heading southward and westward to the central California coast, where sunny days and mild breezes await. The journey is treacherous, with predators and sudden storms poised to take a toll, but many get through, ending up in a few coastal towns in a few parks and on a few trees, where they roost by the hundreds and sometimes thousands.
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Rediscovering the magic of flight by looking out the window of a long flight from Detroit to Seattle, despite the trials and tribulations of modern aviation.
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Detroit has had a hard road for decades. In this post I tell a bit about Detroit’s history, while highlighting the wonderful experience of the Light Tunnel and other features of Detroit Metro Airport.
Perfect synchronization of Common Ravens in flight Six of them blazed by, wingtip to wingtip, making constant loud noise as they practiced intricate aerial acrobatics. Climbing rapidly, then hurtling into steep dives, coming within feet of the ground, only to pull up into the heavens again. This air show went on for about five minutes, at which point the fliers were running low on fuel and sped off to replenish themselves. We… Read More