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Bee Couture

Vesper vespere truditur: Sed nunc deterior, nunc melior subit. Anni nubibus insident, Incertis equitant lustra Favoniis, Caeco saecula turbine. Haec, quam Pieria decipimus lyra, Iuncto fulminus essedo, Eheu! Quam celeres hora quatit Notos! Fortunae rerumque humanarum inconstantiam accusat)  Matthias Casimir Sarbiewski  1595 Winter 2018 aftermath We’ve had the builders around lately, doing a bit of … Continue reading

“Was it a magpie?”

The other day I caught a show on the western part of England, fronted by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Now, I usually avoid programs with celebrity chefs (generally male) looking to expand their CVs by talking about stuff beyond food and cooking. Never mind that their cooking shows display a whiff of desperation to try to … Continue reading

Birds and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/c0caVjDTyZo This 3 January 2018 video is about birds and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA; which thanks its supporters for helping birds in 2017. Related articles Yellow-rumped warblers, three species, not one? Hairy woodpecker in New York state, USA Tufted titmouse in the USA, video…

From the Menagerie

animal, insect, bird, and human members!                

Advent: waiting for Christmas

On tv in the UK recently, there was a series called Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery. Here is a related, alternative view for the Advent and Christmas season….

Public Enemies?

It’s around this time of year, freezing cold, nothing on the ground, that the animals having either numbers or muscle on their side dominate whatever food is thrown out. Pigeons Pigeons constitute one such animal. It is not unusual to have a lawn carpeted in pigeons, hogging all the seed.  I was told at the … Continue reading


I think this has become my most favorite word, and I owe it to Quercuscommunity who got it from John Clare (quoted on the Quercuscommunity page): And coy bumbarrels, twenty in a drove, Flit down the hedgerows in the frozen plain And hang on little twigs and start again.  John Clare – Emmonsail’s Heath in Winter I may … Continue reading

And just in time for Halloween…

One of my favorite bird sites. Lesley is both knowledgeable and has a close relationship with the birds she observes. I especially like the honesty in this video.  It is so easy to demonize the wildlife that does not conform to our woefully ignorant views of nature, while blissfully celebrating others because we perceive them … Continue reading

Tales from the Yard

I have pledged that I will stop apologizing for not posting more frequently, because at this rate I would be apologizing constantly. I don’t know whether I don’t post because of work, or because there is just so much going on in the yard that I become overwhelmed by all the subjects and procrastinate. The … Continue reading

Caught on camera

A bit of a forewarning about these videos: they are not very interesting, no narrative arc, no denouement, no crisis. Just animals going about their business eating, some with a little assistance from us, one requiring no assistance from us at all. But these encounters, glimpses are thrilling for me, a way of getting to … Continue reading

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