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Posts published in September 2004

Paying attention to the natural world

Column by Hal Walter

Wildlife – September 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

EARLY THIS SUMMER, while we were nesting inside with our new child Harrison, a family of bluebirds moved into the fan-vent on the sunny side of the house.

The flap that covered the pipe had become cracked and warped from years of exposure. A gust of wind apparently had blown the flap open and it had stuck open long enough for the birds to move in, build a nest and hatch a family. In between the crying of our own child, we could hear the peeping and cheeping of the bluebirds in our walls as the parents left and returned with insects crosswise in their beaks.