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Friday, August 30, 2013

Global Pretensions




“The world is his who can see through its pretension…  See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it its mortal blow.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”  George Orwell









Friday, August 9, 2013

Seen a Bat?


The public in Nova Scotia can report bat observations to help us understand where bats remain over the province's landscapes.  Please distribute this poster if you live in the province and check out the web site!  Thanks for your kind help.










Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hanging On With Swifts


The original clutch size of this chimney swift pair was never known to us, however shell fragments from at least two eggs were found below the nest on the barn floor.  One well feathered young (not able to fly yet) clings precariously to the wall.  Note the sharp tail feathers that act as a brace for support.




Young swifts were so tightly crammed into this nest when we visited it last Sunday, it was impossible to be certain whether all 4 eggs had hatched.  Today all 4 young swifts were visible with 2 out of the nest and 2 others still in it. 




Swift research 'gold'.  4 breeding years of swift poop heaped on a timber, several feet under the active nest with shell fragments and a history of insects ingested by young during that time.