Chasing Birds

I've got a garden to tend, birds to find, beers to drink, and stories to share.

Quick Catch-up


Good morning from the land down under! As you probably noticed, I haven’t posted anything in a few months, so I figured now is as good a time as any for a quick update.

The field season ended in mid-July with very little fanfare. We rounded out the summer with a visit from Colin’s parents, barbeques with friends, two backpacking trips and a bit of car camping. I had a few extra comp days to use after the field season, so I also took on a few extra shifts and educational programs with the raptor center. I was fortunate enough to squeeze in a long weekend in San Francisco with my two sisters– a first for us, but hopefully not the last! September was basically a month of travel for the two of us. Colin went on a long-planned 11-day hunting-backpacking trip in the Sangre de Cristo mountains while I enjoyed a quick trip to beautiful Washington State for Colin’s cousin’s wedding, which included visiting the Roslyn Cafe from the TV show all of us Michiganders knew and loved, Northern Exposure. We rounded out the month by squeezing in a celebration for my birthday and our second wedding anniversary.

Argos is significantly less amused by selfies than I am.

Argos is significantly less amused by selfies than I am.

Autumn was finally able to break through the haze of summer in October and we enjoyed the beautiful weather with weekend visits to friends in western Colorado and southeast Wyoming. We even got in an afternoon of rock climbing at Vedauwoo near Laramie (my first time climbing since leaving California). The last few days of the month were spent in preparation for our long-awaited trip to Australia.

Man, I’m out of breath just typing all of this. Amazing how busy you can be without actually realizing it. Maybe I’ll stop being so hard on myself about not getting a post up after the field season 😉 Stay tuned for our first update from Australia!

You can see my 2015 field season photos here.
Or go straight to the Flickr album here.



  1. Brittany,

    Always love your posts, and know that even the shorter ones take time and effort. Looking forward to an Australia themed post. Of course. I get to see Facebook material via Cathie!


  2. Crystal ball: your next update will involve a trip to eastern Oregon! The spirits have spoken!

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