Heeeey! — Through Open Lens

F/6.3, 1/125, ISO 500. Blue Jay What kind of shoes do ninjas wear? Sneakers. Interesting Fact: They often mate for life, remaining with their social mate throughout the year. Only the female incubates; her mate provides all her food during incubation. For the first 8–12 days after the nestlings hatch, the female broods them and […]

via Heeeey! — Through Open Lens

The Last Tulip Hurrah — Cornwall in Colours

My tulips have all but finished now. The storm on Monday night last week not only revealed another leak in the roof, but also blew away the last of the petals from most of the tulips I have grown this year. Only two remain – some White Triumphator in the raised bed and a pot […]

via The Last Tulip Hurrah — Cornwall in Colours

House Finch, Singing On Ocotillo — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Here’s yet another in my series of images depicting local desert species perching on blooming Ocotillos. No species is more often seen in our community than is the House Finch. House Finches are among the most […]

via House Finch, Singing On Ocotillo — Sonoran Images

Piping Plovers nest on Chicago beach — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

A collection of articles about the Piping Plover pair – now dubbed Monty & Rose – who nested and raised chicks on Chicago’s Montrose Beach in 2019, and have returned again this year. The most recent prior hatching in the Chicago area was in 1955. Both Piping Plovers and Western Snowy Plovers are classified as […]

via Piping Plovers nest on Chicago beach — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

Gartensafari 5 — Vogelknipser

Der hinkende Paul Während die anderen Dohlen meistens in einer lebenslangen Paarge-meinschaft leben, ist er ein Einzelgänger. Er gehört sonst aber wohl zu einer großen Famile. Wenn es im Herbst langsam dunkel wird, kann ich beob-achten, wie er sich seiner Familie anschließt, um in den nahen Bäumen zu schlafen . Diese Beobachtung kann man im […]

via Gartensafari 5 — Vogelknipser

BLM to accelerate roundups and surgically sterilize America’s wild horses — Tuesday’s Horse

Wild Horse Sell Out Plan Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations awarded $21 Million to the Bureau of Land Management for the roundup, removal and long-term holding of 15,000-20,000 wild horses and burros in a single year from western public lands. Misleadingly billed as a “path forward,” this proposal is actually a path to destruction for America’s […]

via BLM to accelerate roundups and surgically sterilize America’s wild horses — Tuesday’s Horse

Neon blue flash gives way to rotting stench as red tide sweeps California coast — KTLA

As if to celebrate the reopening of Southern California beaches, the Pacific Ocean threw a party, complete with a light show. Then it left behind a smelly mess of dying algae. The microorganisms produce stunning bioluminescence that has illuminated the surf up and down the coast for several weeks. Red tides occur when they reproduce en…

via Neon blue flash gives way to rotting stench as red tide sweeps California coast — KTLA

White Clematis Growing Around A Doorway — Susan Rushton

One of the things about walking close to home is you see new things – this beautiful, white clematis, for example, growing almost in a heart shape around the entrance to a stone-built terraced house. Many a wedding venue would love to have a photo op like this!

via White Clematis Growing Around A Doorway — Susan Rushton

Over 20 Horses Rescued from Illegal Florida Slaughter Farm — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: WCJB.com Over 20 horses have been rescued from an illegal slaughtering farm in South Florida by a local rescue operation. According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, a complaint saying a horse was quote “in distress” and couldn’t get up as well as buzzards and horse bones scattered across the ground had led to […]

via Over 20 Horses Rescued from Illegal Florida Slaughter Farm — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

For the Birds: Romance with mealworms — Birds of New England.com

Is there anything more romantic than shoving a few dried mealworms into your mate’s mouth? Not if you’re a bluebird. “My” bluebirds are still coming around daily. For the past few days, I’ve watched the male feeding the female, even though she could easily get her own mealworms a few feet away. What fun would […]

via For the Birds: Romance with mealworms — Birds of New England.com