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May 19, 2009

Vert vs. Invert 1: Felid Edition

We were wondering why Freya (the cat, not the goddess) was taking such an eager interest in the books on the coffee table. Upon moving the books I discovered why: a house spider (it was in the house…ergo…) scampered out only to be duffed by a white paw. She was gentle though (the cat) so the spider recovered and managed to skitter off to the table edge. A chase ensued and, as no spidery corpse has been found, and the cat lies sleeping (burpless) on my daughters bed, we will declare this epic Vert vs. Invert battle a draw.

April 12, 2009

My Sunday Best — Easter 2009

Thirteen posts from the 10 most chocolatiest blogs of the last week. An Easter Special.

Again, the new
(Ephemera)
(An eggling)

Holy chocolate!
(What Easter Is)

3. Science Musings Blog
The mysterious play of forces
(Venerating Life )
As strange a maze as e’er men trod…
(Ant inspiration)

4. Sandwalk
What Stephen Harper Said in 1997
(Spooky… )

Happy Birthday, Lungless Frog!

Atheists have no ultimate explanation
(Sometimes we just don’t know)

Bart D. Ehrman Quote on the Historian and the Resurrection of Jesus
Valerie Tarico on Ancient Sumerian Origins of the Easter Story

(“Who would Jesus waterboard?”)
( Aleady!)
(Self serving? I know. My Easter Bouquet to all who have read this far.
Have a Great Spring!
April 6, 2009

Photo Album – Spider in the Snow

I found this spider, tipping it lightly over the snow at +2 deg.C. at the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, west of Edmonton. A double woot to anyone who can identify this. (Click to enlarge)

(Photo taken with Canon SD850 IS)

April 3, 2009

Feline Hangover

When all else fails, post a cat image:

February 24, 2009

Name this Raptor. Please…

Taken from our bedroom window. This raptor was eating a chickadee or nuthatch, which can still be seen in its talons. It looks immature to me, but what do I know? For a sense of scale, he/she is sitting on the edge of a 2×8, and the leaves are the large tip leaves of an apple. Considering the size of this hawk, I consider the relative smallness of the prey quite amazing. Taken in Edmonton, Alberta on September 4, 2008.

December 11, 2008

A Shrike Sighting in Edmonton

On the 21 November I was returning home after walking my daughter to school when something fluttered up as I entered the driveway. Having only my small Canon SD 850 with me at the time, I zoomed in on the bird as it sat in our garden birch, and snatched this shot. Looking down, I saw what it had been up to. A dead sparrow on the ground, still warm. I suspected it was a shrike, the first I have seen in Edmonton, and only upon cropping and enlarging the picture to see the tell tale hooked beak and distinctive mask was I able to confirm it: either the Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) or a Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus), which are migrants through our region. There does seem to be some brownish mottling on the breast, so this is probably the Northern Shrike.

I left the sparrow where it lay and went inside to get my Nikon D80 with the 80 – 400mm zoom, to attempt a better picture, but unfortunately the bird was gone by the time I returned.

The Northern shrike is a predator which preys on insects, small mammals and even small birds. Like other shrikes, they impale their prey on thorns or wedge them between branches. Its relative, the Loggerhead shrike, is considered a bird at risk.

For more information see the entry at The Birds of North America Online.

This reminded me of my boyhood days in South Africa, where a sampling of smaller creatures of the veldt, from beetles to lizards to mice, could be found impaled on the barbed-wire fences that surrounded our country home – mostly the work of the Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris)

November 27, 2008

Freya Surrenders

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