Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Then this evening - doing a bit of browsing as I always do looking for little stories, I suddenly came across this picture of the "cat man" in Athens! I felt certain it had to be the man my husband had met... and sure enough. It was the same man.
I wonder what his story is, but whatever it is, I want to say bless the "cat man".
A few months ago I visited NY for a week and spent each morning feeding the birds and squirrels in Central Park. The squirrels are the most fun because they are so audacious picking peanuts right out of your hand if you let them. Be warned though, they can get a little carried away and try and nip a bit of your finger as well :-) But sweet and cheeky - and they most certainly made my day!
If you like beautiful animal/nature photography go visit palemale.com It's a photographer who takes pictures of animal life in NY... and don't think that you won't see extraordinary animal photography just because it's right in the middle of NY. These photos are truly exquisite.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Finnegan the squirrel, was found injured and malnourished in the Seattle area in September 2005, when he was but a few days old. He was brought to Debby Cantlon, an area resident with a reputation for taking in sick and injured animals and nursing them back to health.What happened next was a bit unexpected. Ms. Cantlon reported that her black and white Papillon dog, Mademoiselle Giselle, who was pregnant at the time, twice dragged the kennel in which Finnegan was being cared for across the house and deposited it next to her own doggie bed.
After Mademoiselle Giselle gave birth to her pups but continued to pay as much (or more) attention to Finnegan than to her own litter, Ms. Cantlon decided to let Finnegan out of his cage and see what happened. And what happened was that Mademoiselle Giselle adopted Finnegan as one of her own. Two days after giving birth mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photo's and a video tape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups. Finnegan made himself at home with his new litter mates, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.
Finnegan eventually grew strong and healthy and was successfully released back into nature. It is said that he came back and visited the family on a few occassions showing them his new friends - three other squirrels.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Here's a few facts about the Ruby-Throated hummingbird:
- They weigh about 3-4 g (an American nickle weighs 5 g - so less than a nickle!).
- Their wings beat about 60-80 times per second in normal flight, but up to 200 times per second in courtship dives.
- It can fly about 845 km non-stop during migration. It flies with a speed about 25 mph (40 km per hour). This means that it takes about 20 hours for it to make this non-stop migration. How does it do it one has to wonder?!!
- Its heart beats about 250 times per minute while at rest and about 1,220 per minute while flying! That's a whole lot of heartbeats during a 845 km non-stop migration!!
- Most hummingbirds die within their first year; those that don't probably live an average of 3 years or so although the oldest known is listed at about 9 years.
- It has a body temperature of 40.5 degrees C but on cold nights, it can lower its body temperature by about 20 degrees C, thus conserving energy. The next morning it speeds up its metabolism and get its body temperature back up to normal within a few minutes.
- It has about 940 feathers.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I simply adore hummingbirds and have often marvelled at pictures of hummingbirds sucking nectar from beautifully coloured flowers. But I've never seen a picture of a hummingbird nest let alone given any thought to how small a hummingbird nest would have to be. Today I found these pictures of a hummingbird nest and will you have a look at how tiny it is! And have a look at those jelly bean sized eggs!!
Here's a few facts about a humming bird nest:
On average a hummingbird nest will only be 1 1/2 inches in diameter, about the size of a ping pong ball. They will be cup shaped and made out of plant material that's held together with spider webs. Bits of lichen can be found on the outside for camouflage and the inside will be lined with plant down.