More autumn trees from Trinity’s campus in Dublin.
This is an inside joke, if you’re confused you have to go back and read all of the >1500 posts on this site. Or just the ones from this week.
ANYWAY, I had a weird experience last week…a professor from our department saw me at coffee, pointed at me, and shouted, “SQUIRREL!”
Baffled, I said, “Excuse me, what.”
“You submitted a photo of a squirrel to our tree photo series.”
“Oh yes, sorry I thought I sent that to someone else (who was not you)*.”
“Yes, well I got it too, UNFORTUNATELY, that is a grey squirrel which is invasive and does a lot of damage to the trees.”
“Yeah, but, right, they’re still very common in the trees.”
“I’m an ecologist. I study interactions.”
“I submitted a lot of other tree photos but somehow they all have birds in them.”
“Can someone ELSE submit a photo please??”
I’m sorry to have upset the man, but the squirrels, invasive or not, are a real phenomenon we should not ignore, even if we dislike them.
*Omitted for politeness.
Goldcrests are tiny, adorable, and unsurprisingly* in the same genus as the kinglets.
I recognize that these photos are terrible and I’m just going to own it. You get what you pay for, anonymous internet viewer!
What a flighty** photographer
Checkin it out
This blog is getting so inappropriate
WHY IS THAT LEAF IN THE WAY THIS WAS THE BEST PHOTO
Oh, I’m cute!
*I love Oxford commas…I’m still furious that the University made me remove the Oxford comma from the title of my PhD dissertation
I thought only Americans giggle at the name of this group of birds in the genus Parus…but the Irish will giggle about it too, even though these birds live here and include three of the 20 most common garden birds in Ireland. Sigh.
If you’re American (or Canadian) and these birds look familiar to you, it’s because the Chickadee, though in a different genus, is in the same family. Also the titmice! In spite of the unfortunate alternate connotation of the name, there are some really beautiful BIRDS OF THE GENUS PARUS STOP GIGGLING
These photos were meant to be more about the trees, but I love the contrast of birds and leaves so you know
*This is the most inappropriate thing I have ever posted
Just singing their hearts out and hanging out like teenagers in a band called The Leafless Branches
I was actually meant to be taking photos of the trees, but somehow all my tree photos ended up with birds in them. *shrug*
Before I moved to Ireland, some bird nerdy friends and I brainstormed about what birds I would encounter on the Emerald Isle. They had been to Scotland recently, and we assumed that the birds would be pretty similar. The one bird they wanted me to look out for was the wood pigeon, which they thought was hilarious.
This very common bird, has a perpetual look of surprise, plus a head that looks way too small for its body. I’ve enjoyed photographing them in Dublin, even though they’re ubiquitous, they’re still fun to have around.
I just love all their great expressions. Also, great Latin name: Columba palumbus (classic!)
Can we talk about the horrible things humans do to other animals for stupid reasons? I’m talking about ivory. Since I worked in Kenya, I’ve been made more aware of the horrendous things people do to elephants and rhinos especially. More and more elephants are born tuskless because tusked elephants are so hunted. And rhinos are on the brink of extinction…conservationists struggle to keep rhinos alive after poachers have cut the horn right out of the front of their face.
The wildlife photographer of the year illustrates this perfectly (warning: graphic): Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 – the winners
The genetic modification of mosquitoes makes me uncomfortable. Mostly, because we haven’t really considered the indirect effects of dramatically reducing mosquito populations. They are the base of the food chain for a lot of ecosystems. I was very annoyed by an article published a couple of years ago on mosquitoes being ecologically useless. They’re not. When Is a Mosquito Not an Insect? When It’s a Pesticide
And as a tidy illustration of the above conecpt…Can’t say it better than the title: ‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanish from nature preserves
The lanternfly continues to spread across Pennsylvania (and surely soon beyond). If you live in or near an infested region, learn to recognize it so you can report it: Pa. lawmakers on spotted lanternfly: ‘We have an epidemic’
And for a little cosmic relief: Hubble’s Messier Catalog