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Archive for November, 2006

Robot Birds

Posted: Thursday, November 30th, 2006 @ 9:00 am in Birds | Comments Off on Robot Birds

When we first started birding we went on a migratory hawk watch. Sitting for hours counting tiny specks in the sky, we were amazed when our birding mentors identified birds we could hardly find with our binoculars. “Bet you can’t identify that one,” we were challenged. It turned out to be a joke — it […]

Earthquake Country

Posted: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 @ 9:37 am in Geology | Comments Off on Earthquake Country

At one time we lived next to an earthquake fault. It ran through a golf course just over our back fence. Of course, we lived there for several years before learning of its existence. A big quake came long after we had moved away. Some years later we found ourselves in a similar situation while […]

A Turkey’s Day

Posted: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 @ 9:36 am in Birds | Comments Off on A Turkey’s Day

Turkeys have almost become synonymous with Thanksgiving, but the one that ends up on your dinner plate is not the wild turkey. Unlike the white-feathered prisoner of the poultry farm, the wild turkey is colorful, relatively smart, and … well, wild. Hunters will tell you that turkeys are tough to locate. They have excellent vision, […]

Ants and Birds

Posted: Monday, November 20th, 2006 @ 9:28 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Ants and Birds

Don’t even try to imagine lying down on an ant hill. If you think ants should be avoided, it’s a good thing you’re not a bird. Many species of birds occasionally seek out ants for what may be a beneficial procedure — it is called “anting.” They will plop down on an ant hill and […]

The Midnight Sky

Posted: Friday, November 17th, 2006 @ 7:58 am in Sky | Comments Off on The Midnight Sky

Tonight and over the weekend may be a great time for meteor watchers. It’s the middle of the Leonid Meteor shower, and this year the show could be more impressive than usual. As a comet travels in its circular path, it drops off small particles which, over centuries, may eventually trail through the comet’s entire […]

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