Ecuador – Day 0

Arrived in Quito at about 11:00 last night. Today is our day to relax before our tour starts tomorrow. Nevertheless, we did see some amazing birds already this morning!

Golden Grosbeak

Scrub Tanager

Blue-and-yellow Tanager

Sparkling Violetear

Saffron Finch

New and (needs to be) Improved

Because a list of bird names is only interesting to bird nerds like myself, I’ve revised my Bird List on here to include thumbnails of the birds I’ve photographed categorized by where I first saw them. The categories are Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and USA. Canada and USA are broken down into provinces (BC, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Saskatchewan) and states (just Oregon so far).

So what did I discover doing this? Well, my photographs have come along way from when I first started this. But like I always say – a bad photo is better than no photo. I also realized that I need to update my photos. I know I have better shots of many of these birds now, but will have to go through my pics and find them. Sounds like a good winter project to me.

Anyway, if you’d like to check out the new section of my Bird List, it’s here.

Fall Reading Tour

I will be in the following communities this fall doing readings of Dear Me: The Widow Letters. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass the info along. Thanks.

Wolseley – Oct. 17th, 2:30 pm, St. James United Church

Qu’Appelle – Oct. 17th, 7:00 pm, Qu’Appelle Library

Biggar – Oct. 18th, 7:00 pm, Lionel A. Jones Library

Eston – Oct. 23rd, 3:00 pm, Eston Library

Elrose – Oct. 23rd, 6:30 pm, Elrose District Heritage Society

Wilkie – Oct. 24th, 6:30 pm, Wilkie Library

Beechy – Oct. 25th, 6:30 pm, Beechy Library

Regina Beach – Oct. 27th, 11:00 am, Regina Beach Library

Lanigan – Oct. 29th, 6:30 pm, Lanigan Library

Waldheim – Nov. 22nd, 7:00 pm, Waldheim Library

Duck Lake – Nov. 23rd, 2:00 pm, Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Center


I will also be selling books (Dear Me, as well as my other books) at the following events:

Melfort – Fall Into Winter Trade Fair, Nov. 10th, 10 am-4 pm, Kerry Vickar Centre

Martensville – Shopping Extravaganza, Nov. 24th, 10 am – 3 pm, Martensville Athletic Pavilion