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It’s like an episode of the Three Musketeers around here…

As in the recent BBC series. There are duels, there is sex, there are duels that look like sex and sex that looks like duels.  There is birth, there is death. No, I’m not talking about the action indoors, but of that outdoors, namely among the birds. First the duels: Our yard has been divided, … 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

The Birds

Yes, capitalized on purpose, because it is supposed to call to mind Hitchcock’s The Birds.  Maybe you will understand when you look at this: I know they don’t look like much in this picture, but there were anywhere from 30-50 starlings repeatedly landing in the garden.  That was bad enough, but if you look closely … Continue reading

Did I Just See What I Think I Saw?

Moaning about the Weather The weather is and has been what anyone in the UK would call ‘pants.’  Not just for the last day or even the last week.  More like the last two weeks with no end in sight.  It’s not just the rain, but the cold, winter cold.  We have had heating on, fires … Continue reading

Thanksgiving: Queen Bees! Pies! Drunk Birds! Autumn Watch Rant!

What’s not to like about that selection?  Something for everyone, I say.  My usual musings around holiday time, ‘for me [primarily] or for you for anyone or of course for no one to make what you or he will of them.’ (Remember Fern Hill?  Then you should like these words about poetry from which the quote is … Continue reading

Further Adventures of the Fuzzy Five, or Exactly How Bald Can a Bird Get?

Erithacus rubecula Latin name for Robin (British, for the American Robin an entirely different term,Turdus Migratorious–no sniggering in the back there!) sed hae tantae tamque artifices argutiae a XV diebus paulatim desinunt, nec ut fatigatas possis dicere aut satiatas. mox aestu aucto in totum alia vox fit, nec modulata aut varia; mutatur et color. postremo … 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

It’s Official: They Are Engaged!

auspex 1. An augur of ancient Rome, especially one who interpreted omens derived from the observation of birds. 2. In ancient Rome, a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy auspicate, auspicating 1. To begin or to inaugurate with a ceremony intended to bring good luck. 2. To give a favorable turn to … Continue reading

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