|Wishing you great wildlife sightings in 2013...|
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
I scatter seeds on my porch in Brooklyn Heights for the birds when the weather gets cold. This morning I had lots of visitors. Click on the photos to enlarge.
|House sparrows, Passer domesticus, are always the first to arrive. They like seeds and breadcrumbs. They usually come in a group.|
|Pigeons, Columba livia, almost never come to the garden, but they seem to know immediately whenever there are seeds on my porch. Ditto breadcrumbs, another of their favorites.|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
|"Animal totems, like the tiger, come from the Other Side, to protect us while we are away from home." Silvia Browne|
|"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?" John Lennon|
"An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment." David Attenborough
|"Does the bowl in the garden mock nature when night after night green frogs gather to prove it a pool? Who says you can't make a pond out of a bowl?" Han Yu|
|"I wouldn't mind turning into a vermillion goldfish." Henri Matisse|
|"This is what you should do; love the Earth and sun and the animals." Walt Whitman|
|"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way." John Muir|
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Cardinals are happy to help with that. I cut a dried-up looking pomegranate into bits yesterday -- it was still juicy inside -- and put them on my porch.
A male (above) and female northern cardinal (below) have been visiting ever since. They eat seeds and fruit, so pomegranate pips must seem like the perfect food -- a seed wrapped in a bit of juicy red fruit!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
|An adult laughing gull in winter plumage.|
If you didn't know better you would think they were different birds in summer when they look like the picture below.
|Adult laughing gulls in summer. Click to enlarge.|
Their photos reminded me of summer, and of this line from Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley: "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"