March 2006

Overheard by Husband as he walked out of his office building, a guy talking on his cell phone, voice at normal volume as people streamed by, “They seemed like nice people, until they showed me their Robospanker and Wheel of…

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It’s better than del.icio.us. It’s bird.icio.us! Can you digg it? Mud, mud, glorious mud Some dirty birding. first posted by Ben Cruachan Blog on 2006-03-11 Last of the Parakeets Once an army, now barely a tea party, Budgerigars are declining…

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This photo was taken in the staff restroom at work. Those are scorch marks (not soot) on the wall next to the commode; you can see for yourself if you click the second image, which is an enlargement of the…

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There are only two families of birds found just in the West Indies. One is the Dulidae, consisting of one species, the Palmchat (Dulus dominicus) of Hispanolia. The other is the Todidae, or todies, of which there are five species….

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no clue

March 18, 2006

in Silly stuff and bluster

Returning home, in a plane somewhere over Lake Michigan. Turn to the partially completed crossword puzzle in the in-flight magazine. The clue, two words, five letters: “A perp would cop this.” Previous passenger has carefully filled in “AFEEL”.

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Nearly every field guide to trees that I’ve seen lists carvings on the trunks of American Beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) as a field mark. In my urban area, virtually every beech tree is inscribed with carved initials and declarations of…

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An interesting paper in the most recent issue of the Condor, the journal of the Cooper Ornithological Society: Miller, M. W. 2006. Apparent effects of light pollution on singing behavior of American Robins. Condor 108:130-139. The author recorded the initiation…

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