Monday Musings: Am I the Only One with Demented Birds?

I have bird feeders. I know that's not unusual. Lots of people have bird feeders. But I have some strange birds that come to mine. Not strange as in weird species. These are fairly common species that act weird. For instance: I was out on the deck, filling the feeders. I took down the hummingbird … Continue reading Monday Musings: Am I the Only One with Demented Birds?

Monday Musings: Spring is Finally Here (I Hope)

The weather seems to have broken toward Spring now. The dogwoods and azaleas are blooming, daffodils are opening up, and the temperatures are climbing. We are also seeing some of our Spring/Summer residents showing up. Like these fellows: And one of them seemed to want to come in and say HI. He kept flying up … Continue reading Monday Musings: Spring is Finally Here (I Hope)

Wednesday Wanderings: Bird Camouflage, Chasing Cheese, Adorable Rat Photos, and Water on Venus a Possibility

Many animals rely on camouflage to escape predators. It seems some birds choose their hiding places based on their individual coloration and markings: Camouflage Birds Would you slip and slide down this hill after a wheel of cheese? These folks do it every year: Cheese Rolling These photos of rescue rats are irresistibly adorable: Rat … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Bird Camouflage, Chasing Cheese, Adorable Rat Photos, and Water on Venus a Possibility

Monday Musings: Another Week Goes By

Without a lot of Spring-like weather. It's been teasing us- the mornings started out nice and sunny and pretty, then a couple hours later, the clouds move in and it is gray and overcast the rest of the day. The temps haven't been very nice, either. This weekend has been rainy and chilly. The weather … Continue reading Monday Musings: Another Week Goes By

If April showers bring May flowers,

What do March snows bring? I 'm not sure, but it better be good. Anyway, have a video of the feeding frenzy at the birdfeeders today. Mostly bluebirds and goldfinches, with a purple finch or two.   Meanwhile, the snow keeps falling. The gusty wind predicted hasn't started yet. If you don't need to go … Continue reading If April showers bring May flowers,

Wednesday Wanderings: Stepwells, A Bee’s First Days, Crows Learn From Their Dead, and Four New Elements

There are large, deep cisterns in India, called stepwells, that contain some amazing architecture. Abandoned now, this journalist has been documenting these places before they disappear completely: Stepwells A fascinating look at the first 21 days of a bee's life, time-lapsed into 60 seconds: Bees I love crows. They are fascinating birds, and very intelligent. … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Stepwells, A Bee’s First Days, Crows Learn From Their Dead, and Four New Elements

Wednesday Wanderings: Thor Fumbles, Bird Language, Summer Salads, and Help Kids Photograph Nature

Even the God of Thunder has his moments. "I meant to do that!" God of Butterfingers Scientists may be learning how early hominids developed language. With the help of birds: Bird Language Need some new ideas for fresh salads for those hot summer days when you just don't want to do a lot of cooking? … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Thor Fumbles, Bird Language, Summer Salads, and Help Kids Photograph Nature

Monday Musings: Garden Woes, Doggy Road Trip, and Progress Report

I am having the worst problem with birds in the garden this year. I always have a lot of birds around. I have feeders and a birdbath. I like them. But for the first time, this year they have been gobbling the seeds I plant as fast as I can get them in the ground. … Continue reading Monday Musings: Garden Woes, Doggy Road Trip, and Progress Report

Monday Musings: New Fiction Coming, What Happened to the Weekend?, and the Great Outdoors (or at least, My Yard).

I've not been doing a very good job of getting the news out that I have new fiction coming out later this month (I hope!), but it is coming still. It's a science fiction story, and could be called either a long short story or a short novelette, depending on where you draw your word … Continue reading Monday Musings: New Fiction Coming, What Happened to the Weekend?, and the Great Outdoors (or at least, My Yard).