Sunday, June 29, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
|An American robin, Turdus migratorius, collecting food.
That changed yesterday. One of the robins landed on the porch with a worm in its beak and started picking up (but not eating) raisins, one after the other, as many as it could carry. Then it flew away. All day yesterday the robins gathered raisins by the beak full.
|A closer look. Click to enlarge. I count four raisins.
I haven't found their nest yet, but I'll bet there are some robin nestlings nearby -- sated with raisins and worms.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
|Red-eared slider left. Yellow-bellied slider right. The size difference is probably due to their different ages; when I first saw them I thought they were parent and offspring. Click to enlarge.
I saw a yellow-bellied slider turtle, Trachemys scripta scripta, in the lake in Central Park last week. I have never seen one there before. I see red-eared sliders, Trachemys scripta elegans, every time I pass the lake from spring through autumn; red-eared sliders are common and widespread. The two turtles are conspecific subspecies, close relatives of the same genus and species.
Neither are native to this part of the country but are native to the southeastern states. They are both popular pets, though, and consequently show up in unexpected places. Humans probably released these turtles or their ancestors into the lake. The turtles seem right at home and are basking contentedly now.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
|This laughing gull was bobbing up and down on swells in the East River near the Brooklyn shore. The moving surface of the water distorted and redrew its reflection. Click on the images to enlarge.
“Mirrors are perpetually deceitful. They lie and steal your true self. They reveal only what your mind believes it sees.” Dee Remy, from There Was Once a Boy.
|“Bewilderment increases in the presence of the mirrors.” Tarjei Vessas, from The Boat in the Evening.
"Look in the mirror and one thing's sure; what we see is not who we are." Richard Bach.
|“Mirrors,' she said, 'are never to be trusted.” Neil Gaiman, from Coraline.
“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” Jean Cocteau.