Watching and seeing

2 baby flycatchers in nest

Somewhere around June 13thit was pointed out that there was a bird’s nest on our Hydro box. Well, that was exciting! Especially since it wasn’t a robin. We’re used to robins’ nests in odd places. Continue reading “Watching and seeing”

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That would explain the screeching

young raven

Young ravens leave the nest before they can fly properly, so they walk around with their parents constantly yelling at/about them. This one’s parents were making quite a racket; when I spotted the baby and moved closer one of them started aggressively tearing apart a dead branch. I’m not sure what it expected the rain of debris to do, given that I wasn’t under that tree.

An amazing story

Yeah, it’s out of focus. I like it anyway, and it somehow seems to fit the story I just found. Here’s a direct link to the PDF of the article “A bee as pet – a bee psychologist’s perspective.” It includes a letter from a woman who had an extraordinary relationship with a wingless bumble bee queen, and the commentary of Lars Chittka of the Bee Sensory and Behavioural Ecology Lab at Queen Mary University of London.

Oh, and there’s more pictures with this article.

A Discovery

Today I was doing some yard work, and as often happens I make plans to do A, B, and C, and then get distracted and do X or Y instead of B and C. I’ve been trying to eradicate the periwinkle, so I hauled what I’d pulled up over to a spot where it can sit on stone and slowly die. (At least I hope it dies, with things that are invasive you never know. I’ve still got an eye on a black bag of yellow flag iris corms that continue to sprout every year after being out of the pond for three years.) Continue reading “A Discovery”

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