Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

Back in nature

So I finally got back out into nature with my camera the other day and while the picture I was really hoping for didn’t come out, I still got a few that I like.

The one that didn’t come out that great was of a blue heron just gliding up the Meramec river. It was a combination of my photography skills and me not having the best lense. Oh well, maybe next time.

So what I’ve chosen instead is something that I didn’t need a telephoto lense for and fortunately, couldn’t mess up too bad. It’s a purple cone flower along the trail and actually the same flower I just planted in our back yard.

So until the next blue heron comes along, I’ll just stick to flowers and trees. At least I can get a nice close-up of them.

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Green Librarian

Who, who…

Back when my kids were young, we use to do what was called an Owl Prowl with the Missouri Department of Conservation. So over the years I’ve come to really appreciate Owls. In fact, a few years ago at home, I actually had a conversation with an Owl. If you’ve heard this story before, then just jump ahead.

First the Owl did it’s usual call, then taking what I learned at the Owl Prowl’s, I responded. Then the owl replied, then I answered, anyway you get the idea. So this article touched my heart when read it.

The article is entitled “Firefighters save great horned owl from ashes of California wildfirebyMary Jo DiLonardo over at Mother Nature Network. Whooo doesn’t love a great owl story?!

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Green Librarian

Yellow bird

Reading this article I think reminds me what nature is capable of sometimes. According to the article, it’s a one in a million sighting. Now weather it is, I don’t know but it was also said that only three cardinal birds spotted each year.

The article is entitled “‘An extremely rare phenomenon’: A yellow cardinal, nicknamed ‘Sunny,’ photographed in Florida by over at USA Today. This article also reminds me, I need to get some more bird food.

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Green Librarian

Bird migrations

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to watch the movie Winged Migration and so reading tonight’s article gave me more insight into truly how difficult those migrations can be.

The article is entitled “How do hurricanes affect birds? Research project tracks how storms modify birds’ migrations” by Tom Oder at Mother News Network. After watching the video and reading the article, it’s simply incredible how they do it, adjusting as they need to along the way.

After reading all the news about Hurricane Dorian this past week and it really shows you how amazing migration is. As soon as I finish reading the book Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson, I need to start North on the Wing by Bruce Beehler. So many books, so little time.

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Green Librarian

 

Red & blue

So unfortunately, this is an article that you will need to have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I believe you can also find it in the March 22, 2019 paper copy at your local library.

That said, the article is entitled “The Very Different Ways Cardinals and Blue Jays Get Their Hues” by Helen Czerski over at the Wall Street Journal. This article also takes me back the book I read a few years ago entitled Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle by Thor Hanson. What a great book.

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Green Librarian

Feathers & dinosaurs

So a few years ago I read the book Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson. Shortly after that I remember I started becoming more aware of feathers whenever I took a walk.

So imagine my surprise when I came across this article tonight entitled “Scientists just cracked the mystery of dinosaur feathers” by Ilana Strauss over at Treehugger. As soon as I saw this article, I was reminded of that book. Even today, I still enjoy finding a feather.

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Green Librarian

Speaking bird

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is listening to the birds outside. According to this article entitled “These 5 backyard birds can teach you bird language” by Jaymi Heimbach over at Mother Nature Network. Little did I know I could learn a second language by simply listening to the birds.

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Green Librarian

Heading north

Since I missed last Thursday and Tuesday of this week, plus in a week we’ll be making our annual trip up north to our family cabin in Minnesota, I thought I would post two articles tonight and this article in particular. I’ve been to both Bemidji and Duluth, both places used as directional advisors in this article, so either way we’ve got it covered.

The article is entitled “1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal with this Picture?” by Sarah Mervosh over at the New York Times. Makes me want to jump in the car tonight. Oh well, only one more week.

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Green Librarian

 

Birds, birds, birds

As someone who loves migrations, there is one story in which I haven’t covered up to this point, the Cranes and their migration. It’s actually one in which cuts across the Midwest along the Platte River in Nebraska.

Both the short article and video here, entitled “Video: Cranes Draw Global Attention to Central Nebraska One of World’s Greatest Migrations” over at the Kearney Hub, give some great background to this amazing migration that generally happens from late March to early April.

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Green Librarian

Fire hawk

I’ve read a lot over the years about how crows and ravens are able to use tools so it was interesting to see how hawks apparently are able to use tools as well, in this case fire. The article is entitled “‘Firehawks’ Flush Out Prey with Flames” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at the Mother Nature Network.

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Green Librarian