The Latest in a Series of Occasional Digressions

The Latest in a Series of Occasional Digressions

As we wait for Gwen to finish repainting the Sistine Chapel, I thought it might be a good time for one of my rare (yet presumably delightful) digressions. Let us contemplate the pelican. Here’s what I know about them. One of the most famous portraits of Queen...
Mistletoe Musings

Mistletoe Musings

Add mistletoe to the list of appropriated Christmas traditions. It turns out the plant, which is actually a parasite that grows on certain trees, made its debut as a holiday crowd pleaser in ancient Greece, where it was considered a symbol of fertility—hence the...
Today’s Release

Today’s Release

It’s very important to make sure releases are done in the proper habitat. Usually for song birds, this is not a problem. One robin more or less in a suburban neighborhood is not going to make a difference one way or another. Other species need to be released in...
Beach Birds: Sand-something Report

Beach Birds: Sand-something Report

Finally, we have the small hyperactive birds that run around the beach all day. What are they? Who knows. This is where bird-watching becomes beyond tedious. They are either semipalmated sandpipers or sanderlings. I would bet on the sandpiper but then I look at these...