Things what is and Things to come
If you haven't visited for a while, you can see that I have made some changes. The 'Home' page is now a good place to start to find anything I have on the web. My welcome box will remain mostly static but the photo box below it will change from time to time. This box and the ones below it will have information about changes I make or intend to make.
I am at work on a couple of 'places', but will probably not have much ready until after summer passes. It's just too good to miss.
I'll leave that last sentence for reference for now but summer has passed, it was a good one and I have some new material up and running as the box below outlines.
The Memorable Places section is steadily expanding. I have put a new one on site from a trip in 2006 to Benton Lake NWR in Montana. The Sharp-tailed Grouse were the highlight of that trip but there was much more.
Another offering is a work in progress and will take some time to bring up to date and forever to complete. It is my yard. I am updating and adding to the galleries and putting an introduction and link to each on these pages. There will be many views from over the last ten years of each species that allowed it. Presently, I have chickadees, hummingbirds and sparrows as well as a video and some history of the yard.
Welcome to my Home page.
This is the home page of Joseph V Higbee, aka jvhigbee. From here you can view anything I have on the web. In the menu above are links to my extensive photo galleries on pbase.com and a photostream of current photos on Flickr.com. The other links in the menu are to pages on this site containing various photos and writing. More information about me and the site can be found in the link above.
Fall Has Arrived
In the fall, the yard starts to change. Leaves changing color and falling as the plants go dormant is the most obvious and recognized change. Less noticed is the changes that take place in the bird population. Most of the birds in the yard go through a summer molt during which they look scraggly. In the fall they emerge with fresh plumage and once again are photogenic. The young birds have also changed from their early plumages to more closely resemble the adults they will become.
Another change is the leaving of some species and the arrival of others. The Oregon Juncos are here all year but only about 3 or 4 pair stay the summer. This year they double-clutched so we had juvenile juncos galore. But they all left for a time in late August/early September and are now returning. Soon there will be upwards of 25 juncos in the yard at any given time during the late fall to early spring. And, yes, I feed them all.