That’s not a bird!

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, […]

The Goldcrest and the Hawthorne

More birds and trees…a theme this week I suppose. Could be worse…I could write a whole week about pollination or elephants. Whew. Wouldn’t that be terrible. 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 […]

Blue Tits and Autumn Leaves

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, […]

European Goldfinches

Just singing their hearts out and hanging out like teenagers in a band called The Leafless Branches Totally. Sweet. Check out my tail feathers Album cover Album cover in the US Rockin yeah! I was actually meant to be taking photos of the trees, but somehow all my tree photos ended up with birds in […]

These silly wood pigeons

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 […]