|Wednesday, November 16th, 2016|
A real whoooodunit!
Pardon for the terrible pun, but I couldn't help myself. I guess there's a murder case that has been dragging on since 2001 and there's a theory that an owl attack led to the death of the victim. Quite a fascinating read regardless! Here's the story on Audubon
|Sunday, September 18th, 2016|
|Monday, July 18th, 2016|
My backyard birds
Hi birdlovers, I don't have any lovely photos of birds to share, but I do have cool stories to share.
Regretfully our neighbourhood has all the regular birds you would expect in a North American city - sparrows, robins, house finches, magpies and crows. Ducks and Canada geese fly overhead. Occasionally I spot a small hawk or merlin.
I live next to a big playing field and I love looking out the back window and watching the lives of our everyday birds. There is at least one big crow family and two magpie families - maybe they're related because I see them in the field together. A week or so ago a parent crow was in the field with the babies who were foraging and learning to fly. It was precious to watch! Meanwhile the other parent crow was like a gargoyle on the neighbour's rooftop.
The magpie family was farther down the field, but one took flight - and the rooftop crow laid the smackdown on it, eek! It was something to watch. The magpies seem to like our rooftop because I always see them swoop and can hear them rattling in the gutters. I was outside and one of them dropped something - which was thankfully a harmless pine cone stripped of its side :S
Now, we also have a storm pond nearby and I didn't realize until recently that it was a great birding spot. I don't have a great lens for my camera - I wish I had a 200mm to call my own. The storm pond is dressed up as a water feature with a multituse pathway around it. It's popular with cyclists and joggers, but make no mistake, if the wind is blowing the wrong way, it gets pretty smelly!
Anyway, I was up early one Sunday morning and joined the seniors power walking around the storm pond and I was in bird heaven! It was so peaceful and noisy at the same time. There were shrill red winged blackbirds - and their babies. Ducks - and ducklings still! I was really enjoying it all. Then - a heron took off from the middle of the storm pond. Somehow I didn't notice it before until it flew away - and it was so freaking majestic! I was absolutely in awe :)
|Sunday, May 8th, 2016|
|Sunday, October 11th, 2015|
Happy Turkey Day!
If you're a Canadian, not so much if you are a turkey though! We've been going to a local historical park for Thanksgiving for several years. They serve a great meal at a great price with no fuss or muss. The setting is great!
This turkey was in the same pen as a beef cow, but he seemed a little lonely and liked people a lot. S/he even sang! I'm not sure I can eat turkey again :-D Click for larger.
|Saturday, September 12th, 2015|
Des Moines WA
It actually sat still long enough for me to photograph it :) I like its rumpled look :) Current Mood: content
Gull, San Francisco
Just a picture I posted over on my art LJ - purpleponyart
. I love being able to spend more time on my photos with Lightroom - in 2012 that would not have been a reality at all. I just scanned and chose the best to edit while now I can edit hundreds at once :-)
One of the things that surprised me about California was how many pigeons there were - everywhere! More pigeons than gulls. They were often too fast to get a good picture.
|Thursday, May 14th, 2015|
|Sunday, April 12th, 2015|
|Tuesday, December 9th, 2014|
I often joke that Muffin has acquired a taste for flesh (twice a year he gets particularly bitey, and always on the same spot at the same finger). Once I caught him going nom nom nom after a particularly nasty peck. Turns out, this is a thing in the bird world
|Sunday, September 14th, 2014|
|Saturday, September 6th, 2014|
Pigeons love to gamble
My friend found this story about how pigeons treat risk
(and it turns out that there's lots of other stories on "gambling pigeons" if you take a Google, like this one
I really enjoyed the story, but it was something that any bird owner can tell you. I have two budgies and a cockatiel, and they "gamble" all the time, especially Muffin the Cockatiel. He knows when a risk won't pay out, or just decides to place all his chips on landing right on our plates (because he can potentially snag something before being shooed away).
It's always a risk to be told that I'm anthropomorphizing, but animals are just as involved in their local economies as people are - they make decisions regarding risk to survive just like we do IMHO. I hope there are more studies like this - it's true that animals are just different cultures sometimes.
|Saturday, June 7th, 2014|
Just a Brewer's Blackbird
It's always easy to get pictures of common birds :-D Down by the creek yesterday I saw a large bird of prey (either a redtail or Cooper's hawk), red winged black birds, a duck and a robin. I have been trying to get a good photo of a robin for years. This one was so close...and also backlit. Some day!
|Friday, April 18th, 2014|
Teenagers hunt with golden eagles
Hi peeps, if you haven't seen it by now, these amazing photos of two teenage boys and a girl have been floating around on the net. Simply gorgeous photos
that show the young folk and their eagles. One of the problems with the different stories though is that the focus has been on Ashol Pan and a lot of people are not realizing that all the photos are not her :-D My favourite photo is where she is cuddling her eagle - if I tried that with my cockatiel I wouldn't have a nose :-D
I actually thought this story and photos were an update to a story about this golden eagle huntress
but it wasn't.
|Saturday, April 12th, 2014|
A happy little sparrow with a big voice on a spring day...
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|Saturday, March 1st, 2014|
|Wednesday, February 19th, 2014|
Bird safe toaster ovens
Following up on my last post: I heard back from Miallegro, and their oven is safe, as well. Stainless steel with no coatings of any kind.
|Tuesday, February 18th, 2014|
Warning about toaster ovens
I'm in the market for a new toaster oven and discovered something I thought might be helpful to folks here.
I've had 2 inexpensive (under $50) Black & Decker ovens for the past 18 years. Both had stainless steel interior and lasted a good long time (one for 10 years, the other for 8), so I was just going to get another of that brand. Well, come to find out, even the ones with stainless interior now have a non-stick coating -- polytetrafluoroethylene, which is basically teflon. And after making a number of calls, I found that most manufacturers have done the same thing.
So, you can scratch B&D, Oster, KitchenAid, DeLonghi, and Cuisinart. ALL of their toaster and convection ovens have non-stick coatings -- even if the item descriptions don't say so!
The only two bird safe manufacturers I've been able to confirm so far are Hamilton Beach and Waring. I haven't gotten ahold of anyone at Miallegro yet (apparently, they only have one customer service rep and I keep getting her voice mail), but they're a possibility, too. And I've only checked into ovens ion the inexpensive side (under $100), so there may be others as well, like Panasonic, but they're beyond my price range.
Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know.
|Sunday, January 12th, 2014|
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|