Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Awarded Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Birds of Dewey-Humboldt Receives Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona just received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval (CLC). When the book appeared, I called on readers to watch for errors since I had made the questionable decision to edit the work myself. The CLC Seal suggests that errors were below the ‘intolerable’ threshold.

The book is a finalist for top honors to be announced July 1.

“June 27, 2017. Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona, by Garry Rogers, has received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.” –Literary Classics.

“Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature for young readers, takes great pride in its role to help promote literature which appeals to youth while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at or”

Yellow-billed Cuckoos at Coldwater Farm, Arizona

Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the Willows Today

Yellow-billed Cuckoo by mdf

Yellow-billed Cuckoos (Coccyzus americanus) were calling from perches in the willows over my yard this morning. “Yellow-billed Cuckoos are slender, long-tailed birds that manage to stay well hidden in deciduous woodlands. They usually sit stock still, even hunching their shoulders to conceal their crisp white underparts, as they hunt for large caterpillars. Bold white spots on the tail’s underside are often the most visible feature on a shaded perch. Fortunately, their drawn-out, knocking call is very distinctive. Yellow-billed Cuckoos are fairly common in the East but have become rare in the West in the last half-century.” All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

I am delighted the birds are present. Ornithologists from the Arizona Game and Fish Department will census birds here this Saturday. Cuckoos along with the Southwest Willow Flycatchers are the principal reason for the visit. Both species are on the U. S. Endangered Species List. Felipe Guerrero saw a fledgling Cuckoo last summer, a sure sign of nesting and more permanent use of our habitat. However, nesting then might have been a single occurrence. Fingers crossed that Saturday’s census discovers nests for both species.


Platform Addition for the Justice Democrats

Justice Democrats Platform Omission

Monarch butterfly at Coldwater Farm.

Monarch butterfly at Coldwater Farm.

I agree with the 20 items included in the Justice Democrats platform. My concerns for nature conservation lead me to suggest an addition.

Defend natural systems from damaging uses. The Earth’s reserves of fertile soil, dense forest, fresh water, and wild animals and fish are declining. Overuse driven by commercial exploitation and by simple need is stripping the lands and seas of life. Biodiversity is declining and ecosystems are collapsing. For the benefit of humanity and all other living creatures, we must insist on proper land use. We must insist that national land management agencies in all nations are empowered to monitor, repair, and regulate the use of the land, water, and life without which human life would be impossible.

A Lake District Winter Birdwatching Guide – Craig Manor Hotel

GR:  A Cassin’s Finch perched in a small Mulberry three feet off my right shoulder while I filled the feeder this morning. He hopped about impatiently pausing for big-eyed inspections. Lost his nerve when I replaced the feeder, but I’m sure he was back a minute after I left. Moments shared with wild creatures delight and revive our spirits.  Here’s a fine bird-watching promotional piece for Craig Manor in the Lake District, UK. Beautiful, but we see birds in just about any place with grass, shrubs, or a tree, and some places with none.

Lake District (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Lake District (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

“We are lucky enough to have many birdwatchers stay with us at Craig Manor. So, this winter we decided to put together this guide to some of the best birdwatching spots in the Lake District.

“We start at Winderemere, which isn’t far from Craig Manor and is a great place to see birds all year round. Wintering Goldeneye join Great Crested Grebes and Red-Breasted Merganser’s on the lake. In fact, the number of waterfowl on Lake Windermere doubles over the winter.

“Dramatic Haweswater Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to go for walks and see wildlife. One of the most impressive, and nosiest, sites in winter is the roosting of thousands of Common Gulls on the reservoir.

“For those of you that prefer forests, you can try Grizedale forest park. Grizdale is is the Lake District’s largest forest and lies between Coniston Water and Esthwaite Water. Winter is a great time to spot some of Grizdale’s smaller, more colourful residents, such as Siskin and Hawfinch.

“If you want to see Redwing and Fieldfare, Cogra Moss is definitely worth visiting. They visit Cogra to escape harsh northern winters.

“We’ve been a bit cheeky and included Leighton Moss. It’s not technically in the Lake District, but as it’s a real birdwatching hotspot and only a 60 mile drive from Coniston we thought it worth mentioning. Here you can see one of nature’s most dramatic displays, a mass starling murmeration.” –Georgia Davies (A Lake District Winter Birdwatching Guide – Craig Manor Hotel).