Category Archives: Aves

Passenger Pigeons: Speculation on Humans and Ecological Release

There’s a review of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction that’s worth reading. I’ll probably end up getting a copy of the book at some point, but, according to the review, the book doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Word of the Day: “Snarge”

Unbeknowst to me, snarge is the remains of birds that have crashed into airplanes. See there’s something for everyone to learn at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum genomics exhibit:

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A Parrot Without a Pirate

I’m glad to see our avian friends in Boston are challenging stereotypes: (observed on Boylston Street, Back Bay) Said parrot seemed pretty happy to be out and about.

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Boston Is Addling the Geese

An ongoing, albeit minor problem (very minor) in Boston is the goose infestation. Actually, it’s not the geese, it’s the 1.5 lbs of goose shit that an adult goose produces daily. By June or July, many public places, including the … Continue reading

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This Would Be the Best Alarm EVAH!

Cricket, the keel-billed toucan from the National Zoo–no idea what she was worked up about:

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So That Camouflage Thing Works After All

Kori bustards observed (sort of) at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C.:

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The Fearless Hunter of Leverett Pond

For reasons I can’t explain, I’ve managed to stumble across some amazing wildlife in Boston over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a blue heron (I think) I saw at Leverett Pond, Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA): Sadly, it didn’t seem … Continue reading

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Ducklings in Progress at Boston’s Public Garden

I’ve posted recently about an unfortunate duck and her humble abode (lucky ducky? You decide). Yesterday, I managed to catch the egg to duckling transition. First, the egg: The duckling: Here’s a close-up–the yellow fluff by the duck’s foot is … Continue reading

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That’s Some Expensive Real Estate: The Boston Public Garden Duck House

I recently wrote about the mini-habitat created in the Boston Public Garden for a nesting duck. Now, she has a whole shelter built for her: I wonder how much that’s worth per square foot? Anyway, go duck. She is handling … Continue reading

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Will the Mad Biologist Make Way For Ducklings?

Well, will he? (and the Boston Public Garden has some crazy ass squirrels, doesn’t it?): Crisis averted. By the way, the swans seem to have a lot less anti-duck hatred than in the past. Not sure what that’s about.

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