Archive for March 19, 2013

Historyextra Tudor Study day

Posted: March 19, 2013 in History
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Great day learning more about the Tudors

Working at home this morning- the usual cast were in and around the garden. A few London records of summer birds but mostly the picture is still of winter visitors. I expect it to start changing in the next few weeks as the remainder of the winter visitors move out and the summer birds start to arrive.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis) 2
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos) 6
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 1
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia) 20
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus) 4
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri) 6
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius) 3
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica) 1
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone) 2
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major) 1
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus) 4
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula) 2
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs) 1

These photos were taken on a trip to California at Pacific Grove on Monteray bay. This is the most northerly winter population of Monarchs and can be found in a small stand of trees surrounded by houses

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If you can get BBC iplayer there is currently a documentary available on the migration of the Monarch butterflies called The incredible story of the Monarch butterfly

Eagle Nebula

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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Todays picture from Harvard NASA telescope

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I must confess that from this picture it is hard to see the Eagle shape. I want to go back and re-photograph this when I can line it up to see if I can get a better photograph.

For further information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Nebula

http://www.hubblesite.org/gallery/tours/tour-m16/