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Public Enemies?

Depends on your perspective. Take, for example, the humble but cheeky-with-it UK House Sparrow (passer domesticus). Beloved in Great Britain where it is believed to be in decline. Who could think ill of anything with “domesticus” in its name? But in the USA, it is public enemy number one. Why? Because of these guys– Sialia … Continue reading

Baby Pictures

or Finders Keepers According to Baby Robins OK, I’m cool with that, says Baby No. 2. But one question: how are you going to eat them if you are standing on them? I guess I got a little carried away, I found them all by myself you know, says Baby No. 1 Birdy News from … Continue reading

FEED ME!

A Squat in April And that’s because we only knew of our lodger’s presence when we noticed a leak above our bedroom window, right beneath the eaves of the roof.  We knew we had a slipped tile towards the end of winter and tried to fix it as best as we could, but would most likely need … Continue reading

It’s Like Pandora’s Box Has Opened

The wildlife keeps popping into the yard, as if they have been sprung from somewhere, probably the farmer’s field where the booming of the crow scarers go off all day. He’s a Daddy-O! As of this very weekend, Fuzzio is now a Daddy-O.  We finally located the robins’ nest in a tree in our driveway, … Continue reading

‘That Same Old Tail Twirling’ or Is That a Menage a Trois in My Garden? (2)

Ah, the Dunnock, Responsible for the Awakening to Promiscuity in the Scientific Community (She says that like it’s a bad thing:  no really I am aware of the erroneous implication here and I am sticking by it!) It appears we may have some threesomes in our little biosphere. In a previous post, I talked about … Continue reading

There’s an Air of Expectancy Around Here or Will They or Won’t They? (1)

Hieme conduntur-unde enim firmae puinas nivesque et aquilonum flatus perferre vires? – sane et insect omnia, sed minus diu quae parietibus nostris occultata mature tepefiunt. circa apes aut temporum locorumve ratio mutate est, aut erraverunt priories. conduntur a vergiliarum occasu et latent ultra exortum – adeo non as veris initium, ut dixere, nec quisquam in … Continue reading

And Suddenly Descends the Spectre of Death*

Cornices et alio pabulo, ut quae duritiam nucis rostro repugnantem volantes in altum in saxa tegulasve iaciant iterum ac saepius, donec quassatam perfringere queant. ipsa ales est inauspicatae garrulitatis, a quibusdam tamen laudata. ab arcturi sidere ad hirundinum adventum notatur eam in Minervae lucis templisque raro, alicubi omnino non aspici, sicut Athenis; * inauspicatissima fetus … Continue reading

Let me introduce you to my little friends….

otherwise known as my work colleagues when I am working from home, who have inspired me to go back into my Mediaeval Latin Lyrics book (trans Helen Waddel, Norton 1977)  for this little ditty which I have edited a bit (translation at the end of post): VESTIUNT SILVE (Mss. of Canterbury and Verona) …Hic turtur gemit, … Continue reading

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