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Non Semper Erit Aestas

or  “It will not always be summer.” (be prepared for hard times) taken from Stone, J. R. (2005). The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations: The Illiterati’s Guide to Latin Maxims, Mottoes, Proverbs and Sayings, Routledge. Yes, the arrival of autumn, the precursor of winter, as well as winter itself signals hard times to come for the … Continue reading

Summer loving

Yes that time again, the first fledges of the season. And, as per usual, we are overrun with babies and their frantic parents. They are more work outside the nest than in You will notice how the female blackbird runs to the edge of the oil tank (for that is the attractively decorated platform they … Continue reading

Maybe they have a future at Oktoberfest?

What do this Multiple stein wielder from Germany and this New dad …have in common? Answer provided here (a lot of territorial action in this video, but the worm carrying champ appears towards the end): Yes, it’s that time of year again* Spring 2015: they have carved out their territory, paired off, mated, and are … Continue reading

Done is what had to be done

Enlightenment is always sudden. It is grace; when the conditions are right, it happens. But the path leading up to that moment is gradual. We practice, we create the field, we prepare the ground, and the mind eventually opens suddenly and spontaneously…’The mind is radiant, shining, glowing forth;  but it is stained by the defilements that … Continue reading

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

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

Empty Nest or Goodbye, Fuzz

It’s just not the same this spring; I don’t have the same sense of anticipation as I had just a few short months ago.  And, it’s all down to the disappearance a month ago of my pal, the boss of the yard, Fuzz.  Those of you who have read this blog for awhile will know … Continue reading

“…And a mistle thrush in a cherry tree, falalalalalalala”

I am incredibly behind on my birdy posts, not because it’s been quiet around here during winter.  Quite the opposite.  It’s been extremely busy since autumn, losing one gang, gaining two, robin wars etc.  I will try to update my bird log in the next post. But for this one, I did want to take some … 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

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