Saturday, August 18, 2007

I went birding!!!

Swami and Swamette took the girls for the night, presumably to give us a break, but Swamette just wants to go shopping for school clothes. Hell hath no fury like Swamette with a credit card.

And look at Swami's new pet:

Swami's pet cicada

This is Stanley. He enjoys music and shedding skin.


A cute-burrito...with an extra helping of girliness.


I went to Kelley's Nature Preserve, and I saw more bugs than birds, but I was just happy to be out in 75 degree weather, so it was okay.

Upside down praying mantis

I like praying mantis's. Is that right? Mantis's?
This one checked me out while upside down...

Righ side up praying mantis

And this one was giving me the evil eye right side up.


I jumped up and down with this one: A Viceroy!
The difference between monarchs and viceroys...the black line on the hindwings and smaller size. A life bug for me.

Out in the middle of the river

The Little Miami is so low, I was able to walk out to the middle of it. I stood there so long, soaking up the WARM sun and cool breeze and bird song, some neighbors poked their heads up and went about their business:


Some killdeer...

a sandpiper

And let me say it now...give me a million ambiguous hawks ID's, but you can keep the sandpipers! I am lost on this one. Fairly clean grayish back, dark eye line, yellow legs and mostly white underparts with just a bit of gray/brown wash on the throat.
I need the Birdchick! She's the expert sandpiperess now!

Juvenile wood duck I think

I think this is a juvenile wood duck. That whitish chin strap is all I can see every time I look at this picture.

It's a bird!  It's a plane!

It's a bird! It's a plane!

Milkweed caterpillar

I added a few new caterpillars to our habitat. I found these guys on some milkweed...milkweed caterpillars, soon to grow into milkweed tussock moths!


1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Who goes there?
King Arthur: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Pull the other one!
King Arthur: I am, and this is my trusty servant Patsy. We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights who will join me in my court at Camelot. I must speak with your lord and master.
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: What? Ridden on a horse?
King Arthur: Yes!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: You're using coconuts!
King Arthur: What?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: You've got two empty halves of coconut and you're bangin' 'em together.
King Arthur: So? We have ridden since the snows of winter covered this land, through the kingdom of Mercia, through...
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Where'd you get the coconuts?
King Arthur: We found them.
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Found them? In Mercia? The coconut's tropical!
King Arthur: What do you mean?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Well, this is a temperate zone
King Arthur: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
King Arthur: Not at all. They could be carried.
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: What? A swallow carrying a coconut?
King Arthur: It could grip it by the husk!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
King Arthur: Well, it doesn't matter. Will you go and tell your master that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here?
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
King Arthur: Please!
1st soldier with a keen interest in birds: Am I right?


Patrick Belardo said...

'Tis a Spotted Sandpiper.

LauraHinNJ said...

Patrick only knows that cause it's all by itself.


Liza Lee Miller said...

The plural of mantis is mantids. :)

Love that burrito! :)

Mary said...

Who would have known Mantids?

I closed my eyes and imagined feet in water, cool breeze, and birds. Ahhhhh.

birdchick said...

Hey sweetie, thanks for the props, but I wouldn't call myself an expert on shorebirds--knowledgeable, but by no means an expert. Patrick's right, you have a spotted sandpiper (coming out of breeding plumage, so no spots).

When you saw it, did it bounce it's butt like Beyonce? That's usually what gives them away.

kayleen said...

I'm really glad you posted that picture of a Viceroy. It made me realize that a pic I took earlier this week wasn't a Monarch, but rather a Viceroy.

dguzman said...

King Arthur: Look, your arm's off!
1st soldier: I've had worse!
King Arthur: You liar.
...1st soldier: come back here! I'll bite your legs off!

Pure greatness.