Why Birds?

Originally posted on Backyard and Beyond:
Why not mammals, asks Simon Barnes in The Meaning of Birds. He doesn’t use the example of dogs and cats, but these do illustrate our affinity for our fellow warm-blooded, lactating fur-balls. Of course, these are domesticated animals, tamed for precisely their human-philic characteristics. Wild mammals, which we nevertheless try to cute-ify and commodify, know better. They don’t want… Continue reading Why Birds?

Books of Lichen

Originally posted on Backyard and Beyond:
An announcement from my other life: As some of you may know, I write for JSTOR Daily, a free service of the non-profit database JSTOR. I usually write about historical topics, although I occasionally slip something in about natural history. The Daily has decided to launch a membership component on Patreon. It’s expensive publishing seven days a week and… Continue reading Books of Lichen

Raptor Wednesday on Thursday

Originally posted on Backyard and Beyond:
Having spotted this Red-tailed Hawk on the roof of my apartment building when I returned home last week, I hurried up the five flights to see what I could see. The bird was mantling over its prey, spreading out wings and tail feathers. Classic raptor behavior. We surmise from this that the bird is trying to conceal its prey… Continue reading Raptor Wednesday on Thursday

A Pen, a Sword, and a Great Blue Heron walked into a bar. Which was mightier?

Originally posted on Life on the Lighter Side:
I’ve been thinking about killing someone off, and it’s harder than I thought it would be. I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is a campaign to write a novel (at least 50,000 words) in the month of November. I have reached the juncture in my story where someone must die. I knew death… Continue reading A Pen, a Sword, and a Great Blue Heron walked into a bar. Which was mightier?

Back Yard Photographer – Family of Cardinals

Originally posted on Abundantly Distracted:
Happily a family of cardinals has decided to call the trees behind my house their home. I must admit, I wasn’t sure there was a family until just this past week. Over the Summer I had seen the cardinals but wasn’t sure if I was seeing one multiple times or several different cardinals. Finally this week, I saw several of… Continue reading Back Yard Photographer – Family of Cardinals