Cool Apps I’m Diggin

What are the apps on your phone right now? The answer is just as revealing of your personality as in woe-be-gone-days looking in you purse or wallet. Here’s a list what I’ve been diggin lately.

  1. flashlight — it is what it says; very handy when walking fuzz butt after dark #dawginthehouse
  2. flvto — converts YouTube videos to MP3s
  3. todoist — To do list and task manager
  4. habitica — is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate
  5. level — simple way to track discretionary spending
  6. blender — use when creating 3D animation
  7. pocket — when you want to save longer reads or interesting content for later
  8. vivino — to scan wine lists, bottles in stores, etc. and instantly get ratings, prices, and descriptions (also stores what wine you like)
  9. garden — see a plant, take a pic and find out what it is
  10. shazam — point it at your radio to tell you what the song title and artist playing
  11. podcast republic — to listen to podcasts
  12. mapMyRide — for bicycling to tell me duration, speed, route, calories expended
  13. pacer — to count steps, calories expended, distance
  14. myFitnessPal — to track my food intake and exercise goals (#11 and #12 sync with it)
  15. ebird — bird identification and bird info

Broken Wings

kildeer_baby Look at this cute little Kildeer. Adorable.

I also love the way Kildeer walk. So in a hurry: https://youtu.be/KyadCR3AJeQkildeer_nest

If you ever see an “injured” adult bird, don’t necessarily believe it.  In summer, Kildeer nest in these tiny nests — often in parking lots at my work. The first time I saw a limping momma Kildeer, I felt sorry for her. She limped. She

Kildeer_fake_wing
‘Hurt’ Kildeer

cocked her wing to make it look like it was mangled.  I’ve since learned this is a ploy momma’s do to lead you away from her precious babies.  Groovy, right?!

The Administration’s 2018 budget blueprint, released last month, would eliminate many EPA programs — bird habitat and important conservation programs decimated. The crippled bird, may be all too real in the future.

— Namaste

Serv it Up

I subscribe to a bird watch list serv run by our state’s ornithology chapter.  It provides birders a place to share locations of interesting birds for the rest of the list serv members. The Fall/Winter that the Snowy Owl locations dipped down further South than they had been in centuries, was a particularly great year to be using the list serv.

I do a lot of birding, but it is ducks that I really love to find and watch. Recently, I had a lifer – a bird type first seen and positively identified – to add to my life list of birds.  Cinnamon Teal. Unfortunately, I do not have a nice enough camera to justify posting a picture here.  Therefore, enjoy this photo taken be Joan Gellatly.

I quickly knew from posts on the list serv where to go to try and see this Teal. It worked like a charm.

– Namaste