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Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:51 am
by Des
He looks like I feel.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:28 pm
by Dayna
I heard coyotes howling outside late last night. It was a very chilling sound coming from the dark cold air outside but I loved it.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:22 pm
by Des
Dayna wrote:I heard coyotes howling outside late last night. It was a very chilling sound coming from the dark cold air outside but I loved it.


There was a documentary the other night about how they had re-introduced the Wolf into Yellowstone and they killed loads of Coyotes - there was footage of a killing and the wolves took no prisoners. I wish predators would leave each other alone and eat herbivores instead!

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:52 am
by Chris P

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:04 am
by Des
Our neighbours had a parrot, and when they were out one afternoon the rent man called. When he knocked on the door, from inside the parrot said 'Who is it?' The rent man said 'It's the rent man'. The parrot repeated his question:
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'

By now the poor old rent man was starting to feel faint with extreme exasperation.

'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'
'Who is it'
'It's the rent man'

...and the poor guy collapsed on the doorstep just as my neighbours returned. They said to each other 'Who is it? and the parrot replied 'it's the rent man!'

(thank God for copy and paste).

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:32 pm
by Jonathan E.
Fascinating article on an apparently new theory of how birds migrate:

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_17753701?nclick_check=1

Our first hummingbird arrived here on Monday.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:45 am
by Adam Blake
Wow. Fascinating indeed - earth as sonic environment. Lots of food for thought there, Jonathan. Thanks.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:05 pm
by Des
Hmmm.... not convinced. Not sure why the known use of magnetic and 'celestial' cues plus geographic landmarks should not be enough to get birds from A to B. Interesting though.

Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:39 pm
by Philellinas
I'm not convinced either, Des. If migration remains slightly mysterious I don't mind. This morning I saw (rather than heard) my first chiffchaff, that unheralded harbinger of spring. How a birdie that size gets from Africa to these shores in one piece is a minor miracle. This one might have cheated and overwintered in Britain. It declined to answer any questions.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:47 pm
by Dayna
I know dolphins, whales and bats navigate by sonar. It's interesting how they can tell when to come back to a place.
I've heard hammerhead sharks find food by electric current in their head. I often wonder if all the radio waves from our cell phones could harm them or us.

Once on a wild life show on Animal Planet I heard the sounds that come from a sperm whale are so powerful, they can stun or kill a human if they're close. I think I heard that whales have songs going amongts each other too, that go around different parts of the ocean. Pretty amazing!

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:29 pm
by Des
Phil - well done on the Chiffy. I've got 3 Willow Warblers in my local park - shame they are just passing through, but it's like having a slice of Senegal in your own back yard!

Dayna yep it's amazing how those bats and whales use sonar/echo-location. Clever buggers.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:09 pm
by Jonathan E.
And the good news is that the hummingbirds survived the snow of last night! There are several of them now. We don't expect snow this time of year — and often the birds arrive here and we have cold rain and they die, so I was a bit concerned.

I have to say Jon Hagstrum's theory of how birds navigate while migrating does stretch the mind a little. I would guess that birds navigate using several senses and this may be one of them among others. Whatever else, it does give the too-frequently reviled expression World Music a new meaning, not to mention reinforcing Sound of the World!

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:51 am
by Dayna
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id= ... =1&theater

This is a white robin. Have you ever seen an albino animal in the wild? I've seen some white deer in pictures.

WDCS Shorewatch

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:21 am
by Janet M
Hurray, I broke my duck yesterday as an observer for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society Shorewatch scheme: after weeks of zero returns I was finally able to log Minke whales off Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis. This is the latest location added to the Shorewatch scheme so is not on the website yet - Tiumpan Head is at the very easternmost point of Lewis and one of the very best places in Britain to watch cetacea.

I hear that large numbers of Fin Whales have been seen down south, I hope they come up through the Minch in the coming weeks.

See http://www.wdcs.org/national_regions/sc ... /index.php

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:33 pm
by Des
Congratulations Janet - what a thrill! We'll send some Fins up for you!