Archive for 5th August 2011

Injured Robin at Bald Mountain

Yesterday evening while riding to Addison Oaks by way of Bald Mountain I came across this robin laying on it’s back in the middle of the Conklin Road connector. It was laying across the entire trail, and it took a bit of effort to stop before running it over. Looking like it’d just been in some sort of fight it just laid still while I took it’s photo, doing little beyond pivoting it’s head to look at what I was doing.

After a minute or two of looking at it I tried to get it to grab on to my finger with it’s feet, but seeming uninterested in this I tried to pick it up and move it off the trail. As I went to pick it up it bit/pinched me with its beak then lopsidedly flew away down the trail. I’m quite curious what it’d been hurt by. Perhaps a cat or maybe some larger bird?

Once the bird was moved from the trail I carried on, not stopping until I got back to the car, a bit more than 2 hours later. It was a great night for a ride on one of my favorite local trails.

Colorado Beer

Erik and Kristi recently came back from a long weekend trip to Colorado bearing beer. As a result the house is now graced with thirteen bottles of stuff that’s not available in Michigan. The twelve normal bottles are now in the fridge cooling and the one 22oz of Magic Mirror is sitting in the basement aging.

This sampling is comprised of (left to right):

Left Hand Brewing Company:
400 Pound Monkey
Milk Stout
Black Jack Porter
Stranger American Pale Ale

New Belgium Brewing:
Mothership Wit
Ranger India Pale Ale
Somersault Ale

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse:
Magic Mirror Imperial Köttbusser Ale

Odell Brewing Co.:
Myrcenary Double India Pale Ale

Boulder Beer Company:
Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat
Mojo India Pale Ale
Sweaty Betty Blonde
Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale

These will be quite tasty over the coming weeks. I know for certain that the couple of these which I’ve had before are quite good, and I’m quite certain that the rest will be quite tasty as well. Mmm.

UPDATE: It turns out that the Boulder Beer Company stuff is actually available in Michigan. That doesn’t make it any less tasty, though.