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Over Austin

It should be no surprise to readers that birds are among my very favorite critters. Aside from occasional blogger Sparticus Maximus The Great, I also reside with a pair of recessive pied budgies named Nemo and Che (who are real proud to be descendants of dinos). So naturally, I said I’d be delighted to review…

A one-month-old Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Glaucidium brasilianum, at the National Zoo in Managua, in the spring of 2008. The owl was brought to the zoo after its nest fell from a rotten branch at a construction site. Bonus points if you recognize the quote in the title.

Overcoming Avian Bias

Introduction by Sparticus Maximus the Great Sure, he’s landbound with arguably lackluster plumage, but get past those superficial shortcomings and Chris Mooney is alright… eh, for a human at least. It was with great interest I read his thought-provoking piece last October on the plight of the marbeled murrelet. Aside from the obvious urgency of…

ASK A SUN CONURE

You may have noticed Science Blogs runs a regular Ask A Science Blogger question referenced on Frontpage where different Sciblings provide interesting perspectives. Well twice now, Sparticus Maximus the Great has taken over The Intersection with his own expert bird brain opinion. He weighed in on the passing of his hero Alex the Grey and…

Cats. The Other White Meat.

Okay you two legged mutants… Chris and Sheril don’t know I’m laptop side again. He’s off, I don’t know, probably writing about elephants’ rear ends (frankly I never understood why all you humans got so excited over that book – with a name like ‘Mooney’, what did you expect?) And Sheril’s likely blogging somewhere else…

A Parrot’s Eulogy

Before Sheril dissected a sea cucumber, briefed a senator, or picked up a mic, she found me – Sparticus Maximus The Great. She’s my human. As the superior of species (hey, did you descend from dinosaurs? I thought not!), I keep her in line when necessary. You can imagine with her unusual preoccupation with books…

A Picture From My Weekend

Why is it that all birdwatching trips seem to end up the same way: You trudge along lengthy forest trails and freeze your ass off, only to find at the very end that the bird you were searching for was sitting in the parking lot the whole time? Such was my experience this weekend.

Ivory Billed Battle Continues

How naive I am. I thought it was settled that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was back among us. I guess I was wrong. As an amateur birdwatcher, I also thought that the videotape provided of the bird was extremely convincing. But I guess I can’t be too certain any more, as a real expert ornithologist doesn’t…