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Bufflehead

Posted: April 17, 2018 in Birds, Natural History, USA
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The Bufflehead is an attractive small sea duck of the Americas. The name is derived from buffalo-head, a comment on its rather large bulbous head. It winters on the East and West coasts of North America and breeds in Alaska and Canada, where it uses cavities in trees previously excavated by birds such as woodpeckers.

Unlike a number of other sea ducks, which are showing a decline, the population of Buffleheads appears to be remaining fairly constant at this time.

Sometimes we wish we didn’t have Grey squirrels in the garden or at least they wouldn’t come to the feeding station. They gorge all the nuts etc and can clean out the feeders in quick time before the birds get a chance. But then I saw this post – at least I only have squirrels to worry about!

Trying to feed birds in Ashland can be unBEARable. My friend Lee French is a Great Gray Owl afficinado, a builder of superb GGO nest platforms, builder of fine bird houses. Yet he has stopped putting out bird feeders in his garden. Here’s why:Most reasonable, regimented bears are largely nocturnal. Inside the Ashland city limits […]

via YOU’D BETTER BEARLIEVE IT! — Towheeblog

Boston Tea Party

Posted: December 14, 2017 in History, USA
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By W.D. Cooper -“Boston Tea Party.”, The History of North America. 1789.Engraving.  Library of Congress. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=462709

The Tea Act of 1773 imposed a tax on imported tea, designed by the British Government to aid the financial failings of The East India Company. This was very controversial and unpopular amongst the people of the British Colonies. At the end of November 1773, the first tea ship of the season arrived in Boston Harbour. The locals refused to unload the cargo and demanded that it return home together with its cargo. On December 16, the ship was still in dock and a crowd formed at the Old South Meeting House, among its leaders was Samuel Adams. Angry, the crowd moved towards the docks and dozens of men boarded the 3 tea ships then in the harbour and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the water. In Boston, it was seen as striking a blow for the liberty of the colonies. In Britain however, it was regarded as lawless vandalism. The consequences were hard as the port of Boston was closed until the city had repaid the cost of the tea and as a result of their action all power was taken away from town meetings and juries and placed in hands of the Governor. Changes were also made to the legal code which enabled people to be tried in loyalist towns regardless of where a crime had been committed – making prosecution more likely. Ultimately these acts drove an even wider wedge between the colonists and the British authorities and made war between the two more likely.

Copy of lithograph by Sarony & Major, 1846 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fondly remember these guys from my visits to California

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A male Anna’s Hummingbird watching over his territory. These shoots are all so from California.

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Shortly after posting that excellent picture of Anna’s Hummingbird yesterday, I came across these pictures which if not mistaken were taken on our trip to Monteray bay in California 8 years ago.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Californian Sea-Lions

Californian Sea-Lions

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

That was a memorable trip which included visiting the most northerly wintering site for Monarch butterflies.

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies