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Railroad Fun in Belen and Los Lunas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil_0 Jun 10, 2008. 6 Replies


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John Fleck replied to Skip's discussion Opinion Sought in the group Burque Birding
"I'm with Bill on this, except insofar as I carry the pocket-sized Sibley Field Guide to Western Birds (I need the book a lot more than Bill, I suspect). I went so far as to buy cargo pants with an extra-big pocket for the book. :-) Here's…"
Jan 13, 2014
John Fleck replied to Debby S's discussion Mystery Bird for May 17, 2011 in the group Burque Birding
"It's almost like a clever edit of your description could reveal this bird's name! It's a black-headed grosbeak. I think they're migrating through right now - I've seen them in the bosque, at my house (near UNM) and at my…"
May 17, 2011
John Fleck replied to Debby S's discussion Mystery Bird for Sunday, October 3, 2010 in the group Burque Birding
"Turkey vultures! They're magnificent fliers."
Oct 3, 2010
John Fleck replied to david duhigg's discussion Tanagers are arriving--Summer and Western in the group Burque Birding
"David - I checked eBird and also checked in with a couple of my bird experts, including Chris Witt over at UNM, because I was thinking about doing a "so many tanagers!" newspaper story. Witt said they're right on time, and eBird…"
May 12, 2010
John Fleck replied to Judy Liddell's discussion Burrowing Owls in the group Burque Birding
"Judy - Could you offer some tips to watching the burrowing owls without disturbing them? Thanks"
Apr 24, 2010
John Fleck replied to Judy Liddell's discussion Common Goldeneye in the group Burque Birding
"How exciting! I've seen mention on eBird that they were around, and have never seen one. Good job finding it."
Mar 4, 2010
John Fleck replied to Judy Liddell's discussion Early Spring Waterfowl in the group Burque Birding
"Judy - Is that unusually early, or is this the time of year they start arriving?"
Mar 3, 2010
John Fleck replied to Judy Liddell's discussion Cactus Wrens in the group Burque Birding
"Judy - Are they there year 'round?"
Feb 19, 2010

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I'm a writer who spends his days covering science, climate, water and nuclear policy for the Albuquerque Journal.
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"I'm Jimmy Carl Black, the Indian of the group"

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 11:19am 5 Comments

Last year, when I went to see Dweezil Zappa playing his father's music, an old guy with a pony tail sitting in front of me turned and asked me if I knew “Weasels Ripped My Flesh.” He told me a story about sitting in a bar in Los Alamos, watching a trio, and realizing the drummer was Jimmy Carl Black. He went home between sets and got his copy of “Weasels” so Black could autograph it.…


The Junkyard Loop

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 8:55pm 11 Comments

Tomb of the VW Vans

I'm always changing my mind about what counts as "my favorite bike ride in Albuquerque," but I always return to the Junkyard Loop. Down in Albuquerque's South Valley, it takes you past the city's sewage treatment plant, a bit of infrastructure not to be missed if only for its pedestrian grandeur. It gives you a sense of the scale of our poop, a fact… Continue

Stump the Physicists

Posted on December 15, 2007 at 9:34am 0 Comments

Speaking of brain crushes, you can do no better for brilliant and wacky people to spend time with in Albuquerque than Dave Thomas and Kim Johnson of New Mexicans for Science and Reason. For those not privileged with regular lunch dates, Dave and Kim share their wisdom with a broader audience via their regular…


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At 3:41pm on November 17, 2007, chantal said…
Welcome, Fleck! It's one of them newfangled social networks the kids keep talking about ;-)

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