Saturday, April 28, 2018

The virtue of a second look

Pine siskins spend the winter here and the summer in Canada. So I'm sure these guys didn't just show up yesterday. But I fear I never realized what they were before, dismissing them as female House finches. They really aren't that similar - streakiness is different, they have yellow on their wings, and their bills are totally not finch bills, being long and pointy instead of thick.

pine siskin on hopper feeder roof


pine siskin on tree branch

pine siskin on tree branch

pine siskin on feeder

pine siskin on feeder

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hidden attributes

Rose-breasted grosbeaks hide color under their wings. The males aren't drab, by any means, but look at that flash of red. And on the otherwise plain speckled females, a sudden flash of bright yellow. (I don't pretend these are great shots, especially of her, but they do show what I'm talking about.)

female rose-breasted grosbeak in flight

male rose-breasted grosbeak in flight

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

And new girls

Female Rose-breasted grosbeaks, not as strikingly colored as the boys, but still distinctive.

female rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

female rose-breasted grosbeak in trees

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New boys

Looked out the window just now and saw these new boys at the feeder. Pretty, aren't they? They're two male Rose-breasted grosbeaks - from the map I think they're just passing through, but maybe we're high enough for them to stay the summer, though I don't remember seeing them in the summer before. Guess I'll find out.

(There's a mockingbird photo-bombing this one, but he's blurry)

two male rose-breasted grosbeaks on different feeders

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Plant a tree

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best is now." ...

BCN family planting a tiny tree and Tommy saying 'somewhere in th future, this tiny tree is big and strong. And this place is a little nicer for it.'

Happy Earth Day!

(source)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Birds!

Some birds in the back

Male American goldfinch, molting into summer duds


This one's already all bright for summer


American crow


Pair of Northern cardinals - she looks frazzled


Brown thrasher


Blue jay


This female cardinal looks more put together


Male Downy woodpecker


A couple of Tufted titmice



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"Editing" does not include copy editing

list with 4 numbered items, then a break while protagonist explains why she's adding more, then added items starting with 1Or so I must conclude when I see a page like this in a book that lists one person and two companies under "editing".

A good copy editor should have caught this. This is how a computer - in this case Vellum™ - does lists. (Though with just a bit of work you can make most of them resume with 5.)

No actual person scribbling notes on paper does this. Not even after several days would you add to your list with 1 again.


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    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Ablutions

    A male Northern cardinal enjoys the bird bath


    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

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