Sunday, February 28, 2016

The New Peter Principle

I decided to officially cut the "Trump" out of my name. So for the rest of the year, please call me the Peter Swan.

Trumpeter Swan

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Is Pigwidgeon a little owl or a Little Owl?

Capitalization makes a difference.  Is Pigwidgeon a European Scops-Owl, as depicted by Mary Grandpre, or a Little Owl? J.K.Rowling described him as a “little owl,” but unless she consistently capitalized bird species names, we can’t be sure. Little Owls do not have the feather tufts that scops owls do.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Happy Vulture Awareness Day!

Whether their food is going in

Turkey and Black Vultures enjoying lunch

Or coming out,

Turkey Vulture pooping!

Vultures are cool
Without a doubt.

Turkey Vulture with full crop

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For the Birds radio production: Breaking Bird


Today's episode of Breaking Bird is brought to you by
Baker's Blue Jay Barn and Saul Goodbird, Legal Eagle.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

No, we don't see eye to eye.

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I may always face left and you may always face right, but we stand on the same foundation.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Jays Are Here Again!

Blue Jay

By our very nature, we can't help but prefer blue states.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hey! Obama's letting me sit on his head!

Baby Blue Jay

So THERE, Clint Eastwood!!

I'm Scintillating!!

Scintillant Hummingbird

AOU, Gimme Back My Hyphen!!!

Green Violetear

I have violet feathers covering my ears. I do not have viole tears. Please return my name to Green Violet-ear. If it would violate one of the rules of nomenclature to have "ear" as the root noun in a hyphenated name, make me a Green Violet-eared Hummingbird. Or something--you guys are supposed to be the smart ones, so I'm sure you can think of something. Admit it—"Violetear" is a stupid word.

Friday, August 31, 2012

We Built That? Let's Get Real!

Kirtland's Warbler

No man, or bird, is an island. We ALL built this world, we ALL have been dependent on the kindness of strangers, and we're ALL part of a country on a planet in a universe far, far bigger than ourselves. Working together is how people built a civilization, wrote a Constitution, fought for independence, and saved my species. And that's the way it is.

We Built That!

Eastern Bluebird

No, the nice folks at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail built it. Thanks!

We Built That!

Great Horned Owl nest

Actually, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks built it, but we took it over all by ourselves!

We Built That!

Rocky Rococo: The Robin's Choice!!

Well, Mommy and Daddy built the nest, but Rocky Rococo (who Laura Erickson says makes the best pizza in the universe) built the letter C.

Rocky Rococo: The Robin's Choice!!