Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I really hope they can pull of the wildlife highway tunnel and that starts a movement.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Lots of geese in the sky today and freezing rain tonight.
Winter is coming. And working on the "last" game of thrones book as well. My nerd fantasy is to finish this in the snow at the Jacobs property. Thankfully I'm a horribly slow reader. So it might be the end of January when I get there.
The authors of the original paper report that this species caches live, but disabled, prey (small birds) in rocks, purportedly to keep the prey fresh. The falcons disable the prey by removing primaries (outermost 9-10 wing feathers) and retrices (tail feathers) and stashing them in rock crevices.
I think a commenter in the blog brings up a very good point. Injured prey are very likely to seek out crack and crevices and hide. My students will tell you that if you give a the smallest crack in your hand you'll lose the bird. Like mice, many birds are extremely adept at moving with their feet and I'm skeptical that birds could be held in the manner described.
I suspect that the falcons are exploiting the escape behavior of the birds. Still, and to entirely anthropomorphic, this stuff has got to be terrifying for a small bird.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
- Organize the Galapagos trip including a few days in Ecuador
- finalizing logistics
- Organize the Galapagos course
- what we read and when
- Update Biostatistics notes
- move from OpenOffice to Google Docs
- Update biostatistics lab
- need to spend an afternoon turning verbal hypotheses in equations (this is how I approach statistics when I see a problem for the first time). For example, you might ask "what is the relationship between getting diabetes and the amount of sugar intake and exercise" -> p(diabetes) = sugar + exercise
- Finish the West Georgia manuscript on urbanization and birds
- intro needs work
- results and discussion and graphics (ugh).. why is it that paper is so damn hard to work on?
- Contact... I totally forgot what I was saying
- Update the Academic Planning Committee website to include a clickable flowchart
- Send out the survey of undergraduate programs in ornithology survey to start building up a database of ornithologists at undergraduate institutions
- Get out to birdwatch four times
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I had to laugh because I thought it was a nose whistle at first.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Newton's Principia from 1755
Einstein and Infeld's The Evolution of Physics (signed)
Darwin's Variation of Animals and Plants
Monday, December 14, 2015
Also, two pairs of mourning doves flew past - not at a normal speed but as if they were being pursued. But no pursuer. I've seen this many times before and always at dusk. Is this part of pair bonding or courtship? Are they trying to escape a predator that was waiting for them to roost at dusk.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
That's awesome! Thanks so much.
This semester I've been focused on teaching and getting my notes in order online as well as committee tasks. Semester ends in 9 days and I'm ready to head out to the woods and doing some writing. I applied to the study abroad director position and I have an interview with the deans tomorrow. Nervous but I have nothing to lose and I think I have a great vision for the position.
Reading over my daughter's freshman bio report. Holy cow it's good.
More later and thanks again peeps.
For your good behavior.. a pair of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Apparently, kiwis have a side to them that was unknown to ornithologists. Apparently, like many many organisms, they enjoy bird eggs. In this case, the New Zealand Robin was the victim.
Here is a link to the video http://phys.org/news/2015-12-footage-captures-kiwi-robin-revealing.html