Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pretty pair

These are Eastern towhees (if you're my age, you may still think of them as Rufous-sided towhees), a large and striking sparrow. The male is black on top, his mate deep brown where he is black.

male eastern towhee on fallen branch

male eastern towhee in tree

female eastern towhee in grass

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bracing...

Kathie, my friend, better brace yourself this evening:

Jeopardy Clue of the Day: 'In Portuguese this bird is known as beija flora, or 'flower kisser''

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At 5:45 PM, February 21, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

SPOILER ALERT!

 
At 6:26 PM, February 21, 2018 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Jeopardy! puts this on the Times every weekday. Well, not *this*, but one of that day's clues.

 

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Photobombed

I didn't even notice the Red-bellied woodpecker when I took this photo of a pair of Mourning doves!

Mourning dove pair with a Red-bellied woodpecker on the same branch

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Friday, February 16, 2018

In the back yard

Some backyard visitors

Male Eastern towhee

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American crow in the rain

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Carolina chickadee

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Male Red-bellied woodpecker

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White-throated sparrow, bright morph (see here for a look into the fascinating sex life of these little birds) - this one's probable mate, a tan morph, is around, too

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Blue jay

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American goldfinch, probably a male but in non-breeding plumage

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Alviiiiin!
chipmunk on branch

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

i ♥ my readers

It's still true! Happy Valentine's Day!

Prehistoric lizard on a box of chocolates, captioned 'Hey! I'd like to  ... Semouria'

In a heart shape, RBG wearing a crown, captioned 'I  have the right to choose you'
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valentine card with Isaac Newton, caption 'I fall for you', and heart-shaped apple falling on his head

Einstein at blackboard writing 'I = Luv u' and a heart

Darwin with hearts, captioned 'I select you. Naturally!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New bird - lifer!

This male Myrtle Yellow-rumped warbler dropped by this afternoon. Life bird, whoo-hoo!






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synchronicity strikes again

I just finished David Crystal's "The Story of Be", and Chapter 6 is "Visitational Be". He notes 
"During the twentieth century, it was increasingly common to see the verb used without the prepositional phrase. Usually, the visit is related to an occupation: the person has come and gone professionally. The location is taken for granted." 
The examples in the book (Has the doctor been? The gardeners have been. You can tell me daughter and her dogs have been.) seemed odd to my American ear.

So does this (See if Father Pancake has been). But it's clearly what he's talking about.

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At 9:29 AM, February 18, 2018 Anonymous Picky had this to say...

Natural over here in Blighty though. And in questions with “yet”. ‘Has Father Pancake been yet?’

 

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Caws for concern?

An American crow this afternoon, sounding off about something. Gorgeous bird.



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Disbelief will not be suspended

Okay. That's it. 

Look, I can deal with Dunham's inability to draw. I can handle all the animals who wear clothes and speak English. I can deal with the girl mice having one pair of perky breasts. I can accept that there's a generator somewhere on board this ship to power their refrigerator and lights. I can even buy that they have a freaking charcoal grill. 

But a open, apparently brick, log-burning fireplace on a wooden sailing ship?

A bridge too far, my friend.


Louie the lab resting in front of a brick fireplace with open flames in it while the captain gags at the smell and the mice talk about it

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