Archive for March, 2007

Circus of the Spineless – Edition #19

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Welcome to the 19th edition of Circus of the Spineless!
This month’s theme has to do with discovery.
Almost everything to do with invertebrates involves one or another form of discovery — whether it’s searching for a creature, trying to identify it, or figuring out what it’s doing. After several years of studying and [...]

clouds, a reminder, and a mystery solved

Friday, March 30th, 2007

This morning, the sky was filled with wave clouds (click on the above image for larger view). We sometimes see an area of ripples, but it’s rare to see almost the entire sky looking like this. I thought it was interesting how there seemed to be other clouds above, radiating out from the [...]

hearing and seeing

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I’m still in the middle of some office work, but wanted to share a couple of nice things heard and seen while out on my morning walk with Sabrina. The first is a little .mp4 movie clip (approx. 1.1MB) of a male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) which I heard drumming on a very dried [...]

recently read or seen – and enjoyed

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

After a couple of false starts, it seems that spring may finally have arrived here at the farm. Yesterday, I saw a little spider and insect activity, and last night, Don heard Woodcock peenting back in the fields behind the barn. I have quite a bit of paper work to do around here [...]

First Annual Blogger BioBlitz

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Saturday, Don and I hiked a loop over several trails at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, stopping to photograph some mosses, a few remnants of what looked to be a Northern Flying Squirrel that must have been dropped by a predator (I’m sparing you the photo), and some Red Velvet Mites that we found wandering over [...]

good planets are hard to find

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

We’re back with another wonderful edition of Good Planets. For this edition, I asked contributors to send photos that are associated with memories. I believe you’ll agree that the following images and text are both lovely and fascinating.
Note: Click on all images to see larger views.
Xris of Flatbush Gardener sent this photo [...]

chimney swift migration watch – citizen science

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) descending into the chimney of the
Robie Tufts Nature Centre pavilion in Wolfville, N.S. – July 2005
I’ve just added an new link to the Citizen Science page on this blog. This one is for Chimney Swift spring sightings on the Driftwood Wildlife Association’s Chimney Swift.org website. If you visit that [...]