Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2008

tags: Lincoln’s Sparrow, Melospiza lincolnii, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Lincoln’s Sparrow, Melospiza lincolnii, photographed in Manhattan, Kansas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Dave Rintoul, 25 October 2008 [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Terry the Talking Raven

tags: Terry the talking raven, birds, behavior, pets, streaming video This is Terry, a talking raven. His repertoire is not as varied as the Europeran Starlings I’ve been showing you, but he can mimic very well. [5:11]

tags: Times Square, 42nd street, The Revelers, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC The Revelers (2007). Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms. I watched…

Spider Eats Bird in Australia

tags: spider eats bird, golden orb spider, chestnut-breasted Mannikin, birds, avian, WTF, wow Golden Orb Spider eats a chestnut-breasted Mannikin in Australian garden. Image and story: Daily Mail. This picture and story is so creepy that it makes my skin crawl to see this at the top of my blog. But it’s also very strange…


Here’s the latest carnivalia for you to enjoy; The inaugural issue of the Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary for you to enjoy.

Palouse Falls

tags: Palouse Falls, Washington, landscape, nature, photography, Image of the Day Palouse Falls, Washington. Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view]. [The Palouse is a semi-arid “rain shadow” region in Eastern Washington State and portions of the Idaho panhandle, USA]

tags: po’ouli, Melamprosops phaeosoma, endangered species, endangered species act, conservation, extinction, birds, island species, Hawai’i, book review For scientists, naturalists and birders, islands are the most amazing places on earth because their evolutionary legacy has provided them with their own fascinating flora and fauna that are found nowhere else in the world. But because humans…

Birdbooker Report 37

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books “One cannot have too many good bird books” –Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927). The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that are or soon will be available for purchase. This…

tags: American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Richard Ditch, 2007 [larger view]. Date Time Original: 2007:03:09 09:10:55 Exposure Time: 1/1250 F-Number: 8.00 ISO: 200 Please name at least one field mark that supports…

Rooney the Talking Magpie

tags: Rooney the talking magpie, birds, behavior, pets, streaming video This is Rooney, a talking magpie. He has a sweet little voice. NOTE: It is illegal to keep this species in captivity in the United States [1:33]