Over the last month I have been nearly absent from the online birding world, including from my own blog here. Thank goodness there have been awesome contributors here to keep things alive. BiF Contributors are wonderful and talented people! (Thank you.) I've been pretty sick and I finally started getting better after a couple of weeks of misery when I finally sought medical assistance and high-powered drugs. Being sick seemed to have killed off my birding spirit. I had no motivation to do anything bird related at all...actually I didn't have motivation to do much of anything at all. Exuberant emails swept across my iPhone about the wide variety of shorebirds being seen along the Antelope Island Causeway and I didn't care. I've never been ill this long before, so it was a rather strange and depressing experience for me.
Finally, I'm nearly all well. Just a little temporary deafness in my right ear annoying me still. My normal birding spirit and vigor is being renewed. I am very excited for the return of Lazuli Buntings and Western Tanagers to my backyard feeders. I have a big goal of getting some nice Lazuli Bunting close-ups, so my makeshift photography blind is about to make a come-back.
In other personal news, it's looking like the Mortensen family will be moving back north to the Boise, Idaho area this summer. I have the opportunity to join my father in the family home building business and possibly do some contract/consulting work for a couple of my past employers. The economy for home builders is still about as bad as it can get. We plan to focus effort on remodels and additions so that the baby-boomer population can enjoy some nice upgrades in their homes. I'm scared to death and very excited for the future.
Here are some kinda recent photos: