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Crows go tubing….

January 15, 2012


As previously noted, I find crows to be a fascinating species.* This is just too cool:     *I admit that I’m fascinated by just about every creature in the natural world (along with a lot of man-made stuff and ideas, as well).

Problem Solvers Survive

December 5, 2011


Another motivator, courtesy of Aesop’s Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher: “A Crow perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When she reached it, she discovered to her grief that it contained so little water that she could not possibly get at it. The Crow tried […]

Praying Mantis Waits for Hummingbird

September 19, 2011


I walked outside this morning to put something away before I left for work and noticed this praying mantis perched on my hummingbird feeder, as if lying in wait for a little hummer to stop by. I had repositioned my hummingbird feeder the day before in an attempt to avoid ants, which have been finding […]

Sad News on the Baby Bird Front

August 25, 2011


When I arrived home Sunday evening, there was lots of chirping from the sparrow nest in the eaves above my patio deck. I had full work days on campus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Presumably, one or two sparrow nestlings got their wings on Monday or Tuesday. By Tuesday evening I was only hearing only one […]

Sparrow Updates: August 2011

August 7, 2011


Update, Tuesday morning, August 16, 2011: I had to go out of town for nearly a week but I was hearing vigorous chirps on Monday and Tuesday of last week, before I left. The chirps are even stronger this week. I returned Sunday evening and have heard the babies consistently since then. I’ve only seen […]

Fascinating Video of Burrowing Owl

July 15, 2011


I discovered the video clip of a burrowing owl on Vimeo earlier today. Don DesJardin is the videographer. It's lovely. And it brought back such fond memories from my childhood. My late grandmother Martin loved owls. Actually, she loved all of nature and she helped to instill in me a love of nature, animals and the outdoors.

Smart Birds: Crows Never Forget a Face

July 9, 2011


Loved this story I ran across on Discovery News site about the intelligence of crows and how they can remember faces: Crows remember the faces of threatening humans and often react by scolding and bringing in others to mob the perceived miscreant, according to a new study published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal […]

House Finches: June & Early July 2011

July 5, 2011


Thrilled to find that I have at least one pair of house finches visiting my feeders. I don’t see them regularly but I’ve photographed them on two recent days. July 2, 2011 These next three photos were taken June 22, 2011, my first spotting: If these are something other than house finches, please let me […]

Baby Sparrow Update: One Has Died

July 3, 2011


Sad news to report. One of the baby sparrows died. I found it moments after I published my post about the house sparrow nestlings. It sounds like like there’s at least one left. I heard some peeps, but nothing like the loud chirps I’ve been hearing the past week or so. Will update later after […]

House Sparrows

July 3, 2011


When I moved into my house last year, I discovered I had a nest of baby birds in the eaves over my covered patio. At the time, I didn’t know the species. I later determined that these were house sparrows. I happened to be home the day they learned to fly. It was so much […]