Looks like I won’t get out birding or ringing for a few more days. To put it mildly, the weather is crap by way of the usual wet and wind. But hopefully 2018/19 may turn out to be a “Brambling Winter”, an irruption year for this close relative of …
Regular readers will know that I like to add a little variety to the blog but never stray too far from birds. After all, birds are not just for looking at and it’s doubtful that curiosity ever really killed a cat, least of all an enquiring mind, amate…
It’s the start of a new month at Oakenclough following 237 birds caught here in what proved to be a rather quiet October. The most ringed bird was Redwing with 84, followed by Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll almost tying on 24 and 23 respectively. Lots o…
Meanwhile here on the Lancashire coast, where many, many thousands of wild Pink-footed Geese spend the winter and where their calls and daily flights are part of everyday life, it is impossible not to become a fan of these rather special creatures.
To whichever species they belong, all geese share certain characteristics. Geese are highly intelligent team players – protective of their environment, inquisitive, amicable, loyal, caring, helpful, but aggressive where necessary. Geese have eyesight more highly developed than man or dog, with hearing superior to both; hence the employment of domesticated geese as security guards in many situations, not least in the average farmyard where urban thieves, naïve in the ways of the countryside, may get a bite on the leg for their trouble.
Unnatural Selection is the finest book I have read in many a year. Read my original review at Another Bird Blog.
This book would make a great Christmas or birthday gift to any aspiring author or artist. A student of biology, science, history, or evolution would find this book indispensable. I am none of those things but I was enthralled by this most remarkable of books and I wholeheartedly recommend it to readers of Another Bird Blog.
Linking today to Stewart’s World Bird Wednesday.
As Matt Davis says: “It is much easier to save biodiversity now than to re-evolve it later.”
Linking this post to Anni’s Birding Blog.