Author Archives: Jay McLaughlin

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.

Wildlife in my tame life

17 January, 2021 Wildlife in my tame life  Yesterday – for the first time in my life (if I recall correctly) a flock of striking Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) stopped by to use the birdbath. These two stopped on the … Continue reading

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“Lit up like a Chinese pig shop”

3 January, 2021 “Lit up like a Chinese pig shop” The original title for this blog post was “Bright start to 2021.” Go to the bottom of the post to read the story if you’re so inclined. It’s a really … Continue reading

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Since I don’t know where to begin…

27 December, 2020 Since I don’t know where to begin…  I’ll begin with this picture Evelyn took of Dash on Tuesday:  Evelyn fixed a fantastic dinner Christmas day and our friend Ariel (Yuki’s owner) shared it with us. Yuki came … Continue reading

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A bluebird bailed me out!

20 December, 2020 A bluebird bailed me out!  I was thin on blog material this week (as will become evident when you whisk through this post) but I saw this lovely bluebird at the river yesterday. You may be an … Continue reading

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Kindness multiplier – I saw it happen

13 December, 2020 Kindness multiplier – I saw it happen  It was like I’d put a random act of kindness on the table, and another person said “I’ll see your random act of kindness – and raise you a random … Continue reading

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Recognizing individuals

6 December, 2020 Recognizing individuals “‘Every scientific study is improved if you can recognize individuals,’ she (Marie Auger-Méthé) said.” – Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World, Todd McLeish  I can’t tell these owls apart – yet. I’ll learn to.  … Continue reading

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Birds – unfeathered and feathered, and more

29 November, 2020 Birds – unfeathered and feathered, and more  The subject of “birds” comes up during Thanksgiving week. I saw this “bird” (unfeathered) when my instructor Joel and I flew to Delaware Coastal Airport (KGED):   That’s a B-25J Mitchell … Continue reading

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Red-shoulder over my shoulder – thank you Ray!

22 November, 2021 Red-shoulder over my shoulder – thank you Ray!  My friend Ray and I were hiking at Bryan Park one lovely morning this week. We sat down at a picnic table to catch our breath – and a … Continue reading

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Furtive Great Blue Heron

15 November, 2020 Furtive Great Blue Heron Some birds around here are sneaky. You can hear yellow billed cuckoos or eastern towhees all day long and never lay eyes on one. Great blue herons – at least before today – … Continue reading

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These birds LOVE Evelyn’s flowers!

8 November, 2020 These birds LOVE Evelyn’s flowers!  Or in this case, beautyberries:  I took that picture a little after 3:00 Monday afternoon. It’s a good thing I did – I haven’t gotten tons of other images this week! That … Continue reading

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