Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Forty Six

I woke this morning smiling, because the first thing I heard was the screech of shama chicks. They’d survived the night. But the screeching has changed. And not just because I suddenly like the sound. Their vocalizations are changing, still as insistent as ever but not so much like twisting steel in a train wreck….

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Forty Five

Time is a slippery concept during pandemics. February and March feel like years ago, not months. Turns out, pinpointing fledging dates is tricky, too. The week or more I figured we had until the white-rumped shama chicks fledged turned out to be two days. I saw a little bird out of the corner of my…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirty-Eight

Yesterday, I received yet another text from yet another friend about yet another bird. You may be getting the impression that I’m birdy. Thing is, I haven’t even shared all the texts I’ve received from all my friends about all the birds. This particular text said, “I no see um,” followed by an emoji of…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirty-Five

“It’s gray here,” I texted my friend Anne this morning. We often write together virtually first thing in the morning. “How are things in your neck of the woods?” “Sunny,” she replied. Anne lives in California. “Birds are singing.” “Here, too,” I wrote. “I can’t imagine a world without birds,” she said. “Our first line…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Twenty-Six

Yesterday, my friend Anne, who is also writing during the COVID-19 pandemic, posted on Facebook that she was requesting writing topics. In marketing-speak, that’s called crowd-sourcing. “If anyone has a suggestion of something to write about (including research), I’m all ears,” she wrote. I guess I was feeling spunky. “Ears,” I typed. She fired back,…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Twenty-Three

I went to Hanalei this morning to see about some birds. This was official business, green-lighted as essential, because I was checking on the well-being of wildlife at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. More than 900 acres, and I may have been the only person out there. But there were plenty of birds. Hanalei National Wildlife…