August 18th, 2007

The Librarian

Courtyard theatre ... Saturday morning edition

A great deal of fussing outside this morning ... squirrels are, as usual, out and about, magpie is harassing squirrels (hopping about lower branches of tree, blocking squirrel from descending), and there are three flickers ((red-shafted) visiting (I thought at first that I was hearing somebody using an odd power tool, 'cause the rapid woodtapping I was hearing was far too loud for our bitty woodpeckers) ... adult pair & this year's surviving offspring? One of the current trio is on the ground, investigating squirrel winter food caches ... it's so well camouflaged against the brownish grass that the magpie, on finally flying from tree to ground while still trying to watch all the squirrels, nearly landed on its back and got bounced off, much too its surprise (the flickers are nearly as big as the maggies, and know how to use their beaks, so can't be bullied like most birds)

None of today's action is close enough for decent photos, I'm afraid ... some critters have NO sense of preservation for the historical record. :p
The Librarian

One thing leads to another ...

Looking for bird links for the previous entry made me realize that I didn't have any good ornithology sources in my own webpage list of critter links (birds are included in some of the broader animal sites, but that's not the same as having a specific bird site) ... I've now hunted down and added a couple to the Nature & Science section
Pirate

And ...

... found while rooting through my things-saved-to-favourites-for-future-consideration for any other links that belonged in Nature & Science (might as well add 'em all while I've got the document open, right?), a little something for the pirate lovers (hmmmm ... should these go under History or should I just make a Pirates category?):

No Quarter Given
The Buccaneer Trading Company