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1-31 July 2015

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NOTE: At 7 a.m. on 30 June 2015 my trusted orthopedic surgeon tried to undo the ravages of too many years of osteoarthritis when he replaced both my knobbily, wobbily knees with titanium prostheses. We elected for simultaneous bilateral replacement out of concern my "bad" knee (which I had repaired after a college Frisbee accident 'way back in 1967) might fail while I was rehabbing my "good" left knee (which has been paining me for several years due to torn menisci, bone spurs, defective cartilage, and a shredded ACL). The bottom line: I was hospitalized for about a week and in a residential rehabilitation facility for another fortnight. I returned home at last on 20 July and finally got to spend a few minutes gazig out my office window (above), admiring Hilton Pond. I'll be on a walker for a few weeks, restricted to the indoors, doing daily home rehab and outpatient physical therapy 2-3 times per week.

So far the knees appear to be mending well, although complications with swelling and mysterious pain in my right ankle have slowed progress. They also strapped me down a bit too tightly during surgery, resulting in numbness to my right (dominant) hand could impede banding dexterity. Until my overall physical condition, stamina, and mobility improve there will be no full new installments of "This Week at Hilton Pond," so I hope you'll simply use our on-line search engine to find nature topics in which you may have an interest. The archives include more than 600 past installments!

Wife Susan faithfully maintained all our hummingbird and seed feeders in my absence in the hope I can get back to banding most local ruby-throats before they head south this fall. As you might guess, visitor activities are suspended at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History for the time being, with the goal of reopening in late fall. I'll welcome your positive thoughts and healing vibes until I've mended well enough to start banding and teaching and writing, and I look forward to being strong enough to ride my trusty road bicycle through scenic byways of the Carolina Piedmont by next spring. See you soon!


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1-31 July 2015


* = new banded species for 2015

3 species
29 individuals

41 species (34-yr. avg. = 65.6)

1,952 individuals
(34-yr. avg. =
64 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (32-yr. avg = 160)

(Banding began 28 June 1982; since then 171 species have been observed on or over the property.)
126 species
62,838 individuals
5,118 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

(with original banding date, sex, and current age):

--Nature observations and activities were curtailed at Hilton Pond Center during Jul 2015 as the resident bander recovered from dual knee replacement surgery. Limited banding activity will resume on about 1 Aug

--As of 31 Jul Hilton Pond's 2015 Yard List stands at 64--about 37% of the 171 avian species encountered locally since 1982. We had no new yard birds during the period.

--The immediate past installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" was a potpourri of images from the Carolina Piedmont and the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, from skunks to rhododendrons. The photo essay is archived and always available on the Center's Web site as Installment #623.

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