Mrs Robin’s egg – uh oh, did we lose a baby?

Mrs. Robin snuck away this afternoon - to do a little worm hunting, I imagine - so I used that opportunity to sneak into the garage attic to check on the babies. As of yesterday, we had three babies and one unhatched egg.Today, I see three scrawny but growing nestlings ... but no egg.It's possible that the egg is underneath one of the baby birds. There's also the very real possibility that another bird stole the egg. I didn't see any shells in the yard but I'm actually kind of afraid … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin hatches egg #3, and Mrs. Morning Dove sits on her nest

Curiosity got the best of me this morning, so I snuck outside to see if I could find a moment when Mrs. Robin was off the nest so I could check the hatched egg count. This week found two eggs had hatched - two baby robins!Mrs. Robin had built her next on the ledge of one of our garage attic windows. (And that was quite a struggle!) That means I can go inside the garage attic, look through the window and see right into the nest without touching anything or, theoretically anyway, disturbing h … [Read more...]

Introducing a drinkable book

I'm an avid reader of real books. You know, pages of paper between a paper or cardboard cover. While I get the need for electronic books, they'll never be a replacement for an actual book you can hold in your hand, with paper pages you can fold over to mark spots you want to remember, pages filled with pencil notes and fingerprints in chocolate and splashes of water from reading in the bath.I'm also very supportive of humanitarian causes, giving to others and helping whenever possible to … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin’s babies!

If you're following along with the story of Mrs. Robin and her eggs, I have big news: two of the eggs have hatched!And I mean, just hatched.I was out with Bailey and noticed a robin's egg shell in the grass - it hadn't been there this morning. So I snuck up into the garage attic to peek through the window. Mrs. Robin saw me and flew off the nest just long enough for me to catch these photos of her first two babies!Two eggs down, two more to go! Isn't life … [Read more...]

The dangers of leaving your dog in the car – it’s hotter than you think

Here in Western NY, the weather has finally warmed up and it looks like the s-n-o-w is gone until winter. That means it's time for a reminder about leaving your dog in a hot car.In July 2011, I wrote a post for my blog in which I explained how heat affects your dog, and then did some experiments measuring the temperature in the car compared with the temperature outside the car. It's worth reposting here, since it's such an important issue - and because I think we have a moral responsibility t … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Patheos! #Patheos5Yrs

A (fairly) long time ago, in a galaxy ... well, not far away, but definitely in another neighborhood that required as least one bus transfer ... I used to write about entertainment. Christian entertainment, and Christians in entertainment, and entertainment that Christians might like, and entertainment Christians might not like, and things that had a Jesus fish on it so Christians knew it was entertainment safe for Christian consumption, and "American Idol."I wrote for fabulous editors and wo … [Read more...]

Mrs Robin adds to her nest – three more eggs!

Hopefully you're not sick of my updates about Mrs. Robin and her nest. But watching her overcome the obstacles to build the nest, and the fact that darling husband had to give her a helping hand, have bonded me to this bird and her baby egg.So imagine my surprise today when I went into the garage attic to peek on her and found ... three more eggs! The last two days Mrs. Robin has been fending off some attacks from a blue jay and crow. She's a feisty bird - and now I know why. Her family is … [Read more...]

Turning tree rings into music

Today I came across what might be the most amazing thing I've seen in a long time: the rings of a tree translated into music.Media artist Bartholomaus Traubeck has found a way to take the rings that appear naturally in the trunk of a tree and turn them into musical sounds using a high speed camera, a mathematical formula, and a special turntable.In a 2012 interview with PRI's environmental news magazine Living On Earth, Traubeck explained: "The tree slice is turning like a disk and t … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin lays her egg

If you've been following along with the saga of Mrs. Robin's nest, after a week of starts, stops and nests being blown away, not only did Mrs. Robin finally build her nest (with a little help from darling husband), you'll be happy to know ... we have an egg!As I write this, she's out in the yard fending off a blue jay and a grackle, and declaring from her perch in the lilac bush war on anyone - animal or human - who dares come near her egg.  I'll be watching from the garage window for the … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin builds a nest – a lesson in perseverance

There's a robin building a next in the window of our neighbor's house. I suppose "building" is an optimistic word; she's desperately trying to build a nest without much success.We live in a village where the houses are separated by a single car driveway, so close that, if we were so inclined (which I'm not), we could talk to each other without leaving the house. I've had a front row seat to Mrs. Robin's construction attempts over the last week and it's been a lesson in failure and perse … [Read more...]


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