I’m the first one to admit it – things just haven’t been the same since my old pal Boomer died in 2008. So here’s my new sidekick, 6 pounds of pure terror who will take on the grizzly bears on television and chase greyhounds at the dog park. She is small enough to take along most places I go, she’ll fit into the basket on my bike, and she’s right there on my lap when I’m sitting around doing nothing. We’re looking forward to cooler weather and lots of adventures together.
In other news, I’ve just received a notice from the Bird Banding Lab about a band recovery. It seems that an American Robin I banded at Raccoon Ridge in northern NJ on May 25, 2008 was found as a roadkill on August 11, 2014, in Avon, Monmouth County, NJ. The person who found the bird turned in the band. Although a little sad – I much prefer a report about a bird caught live by another bander – it’s nice to know this one survived for six years.