Evening Cruise on the Lady Stanford

Originally posted on Hermanus Bird Club:
? Upon checking the forecast I was worried that last evening’s cruise on the Lady Stanford was going to be a wind blown disaster. The members on the trip all arrived early and boarding was done very efficiently.  We had people requiring assistance and Peter Hochfelden – the Captain and ex Chair of the Stanford Bird Club – moved… Continue reading Evening Cruise on the Lady Stanford

Fynbos Fires and their Consequences for Birds

Originally posted on Hermanus Bird Club:
? Positive benefits of fynbos fires are short-term food opportunities for some species Raptors are often attracted to fire and its charred results, moving in from adjacent habitats. This is particularly evident where predatory birds may flush out injured birds and animals or find other carrion. Jackal Buzzards, Steppe Buzzards and Spotted Eagle Owls are known to visit burnt… Continue reading Fynbos Fires and their Consequences for Birds

When Can We Claim Deciduous Work As Our Own?

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
‘Whose work is it?’ is a question often asked by those who go to bonsai shows. Both conifer and deciduous bonsai will have answers to that question, but how that computation is made differs significantly. It is maybe easiest to understand how deciduous work is different by contrasting it with that of conifers. In most of our conifer bonsai work,… Continue reading When Can We Claim Deciduous Work As Our Own?

GOLDFINCH OR WARBLER? Marilyn Armstrong

Originally posted on Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth:
A reader assured me that the warblers are not warblers because warblers have migrated south. But after a lot of staring at pictures, these ARE warblers. Also, they do not migrate. They used to migrate which is why I first was baffled as to why I was seeing warblers in the winter. As far as I… Continue reading GOLDFINCH OR WARBLER? Marilyn Armstrong