March 12, 2015 – A Beautiful Male


Notes for today: From my own sightings, and those of frequent visitors, one notes a rise in the number of bird species. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has produced Fancy Males, “From peacocks to birds-of-paradise, many male birds have evolved extreme forms of fanciness. Here you’ll explore some of the most impressive displays on the planet and learn about the evolutionary processes that drive these cases of excess.” A cold, multiple snowstorm winter has made life hard for birds. Many of them have moved… across the street, and into backyards with bird feeders. It might look like chaos at your feeder, until you read a primer on feeder intrigue. Cold kills. Here are two birds, seen on the reservoir yesterday, that did not survive the winter. Current best guess as to species is Ring-neck Duck and Cormorant. Regarding the latter, note the white area near the feet of one of the Cormorants. Then review the dead possible Cormorant where you can see a small spot of white near the feet. Dog license renewal forms Cambridge Animal Commission arrived in today’s mail.

Today’s Weather. See this month’s weather OR last month’s Weather Calendar

Link of the day: A Sage-Grouse Lek in Wyoming “Meet the fanciest wild birds in North America. Male sage-grouse gather by the hundreds to strut their stuff on their high-stakes breeding grounds. Only an elite few have what it takes to impress the discerning female judges and become fathers. The rest will have to try again next year. Climb into a blind with biologist Marc Dantzker to get a first hand look at the drama that unfolds each year on a Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) lek.”

Book of the day: Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow “Designed to encourage kids’ natural love of science from an early age, this book promotes scientific observation, exploration, and analysis in a way that little kids can get excited about–through do-it-yourself experiments! Each chapter introduces a different branch of science, including biology, chemistry, and physics through kid-friendly experiments–all of which are linked to science curriculum requirements for grades K through 3.”

Fresh Pond Reservation Photo of the Day

Dog of the Day

National Geographic Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day Contest

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