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Learning From Herring Gulls

Learning From Herring Gulls

I really hate these creatures, or at least I hate what pur overfishing has made them. A while back I did a post on an injured one in Penzance. A few days back I had a strange encounter. Of was late and I was watering my plants when a noisy group of gulls swept in … Continue reading

An Unmissable Course

This is from an old country house near Cardiff that has been used for many things since it was last in private ownership. In this timeline shows that in 1948 it was used for a parrot sexing course. I am assured that this really happened. I love the combination of the youth orchestra that followed. … Continue reading

Penguins in Lavender

Penguins in Lavender

This is a rather strange and sad story from London zoo – over the past sumer some 6 penguins have died of malaria. It’s strange because penguins are from a cold climate, and malaria is from the tropics. Or that is what I thought. But malaria is spread by mosquitoes who breed in swamps, and … Continue reading

A Dubious Advertisement

A Dubious Advertisement

I have lost my copy of yesterday’s newspaper, but I was horrified to see an ad featuring the official clever clogs person Carol Vorderman which asked, are you ready for 5 million tourists? It showed a selection of different racial/cultural types apparently crowded onto a tube train. The response was to take a herbal supplement … Continue reading

Singing Solo

Singing Solo

A few years ago I heard of an albatross on one of the Scottish Islands that arrives every year, builds a nest along with all the other birds, then waits. And waits. The other birds mate and lay eggs and then hatch them, but this bird eventually kicks its nest to pieces in frustration. It … Continue reading

Cats Up Trees

Cats Up Trees

The London Fire Brigade has asked the public not to call emergency services to rescue pets – they had 620 callouts for them last year. The following are some of the calls they made : An iguana stuck on a roof A parrot trapped in its cage A dog stuck in a wheelchair A puppy … Continue reading

Hedgehogs That Smell of Toads

Hedgehogs That Smell of Toads

Some more ridiculous but true facts about animals from the book Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The tiny ¬†black-capped chickadee, a bird widespead in the USA has a warning song: it adds ‘dees’ to its normal cry, ¬†and the more it adds, – up to 20 – the more danger it is warning of, not just … Continue reading