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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).

Bumble’s Green Lizard

October 7, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I noticed Bumble (my cat) hovering over something in the yard. She was so intent that I went out to investigate Turns out that Bumble had “captured” and was tormenting a small, green lizard. At first, I thought the lizard was already dead. It was completely still. But I watched […]

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 […]

Garter Snake

August 16, 2011


I found this little critter in my back yard today. Welcome, garter snake. Consumer of rodents and all manner of insects and such that I probably don’t want in my yard or garden. You’re certainly a pretty, fashionable thing, neon green stripes and all. I’m not generally snake-phobic so I left it alone. I like […]

Humpback Whale Rescue

August 12, 2011


On Valentine’s Day 2011, Michael Fishbach and his family encountered a young humpback whale trapped in a fishing net. Michael, his family and a couple of fellow scientists were boating in the Sea of Cortez, partly for pleasure and partly to monitor whale activity. They weren’t prepared for a major rescue effort and the whale […]

Sunday Sign: Petrified Lycopod Tree Stump

August 7, 2011


This week’s Sunday Sign can be found in Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Alabama, along with the actual petrified tree stump found in Colbert County, Alabama.     A petrified confier tree from the dinosaur era is also on display. Related Posts Links to all of my Sunday Sign post can be found here or by […]

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 […]

Red-spotted Purple: The highlight of my week

July 29, 2011


The Red-spotted Purple, (Limenitis arthemis), is a beautiful butterfly. This one spent a lot of time Thursday afternoon nibbling in the grass and dirty around the edge of my patio.

Kinlock Falls, Bankhead National Forest

July 24, 2011


After leaving the Kinlock Shelter, we hiked back to the parking area and drove a short distance to the Kinlock Falls on Hubbard Creek. This is a popular Lawrence County, Alabama tubing and swimming spot in the Bankhead National Forest. The Falls are within the Sipsey Wilderness, a 25,002-acre wilderness area within the Bankhead National […]