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Monday, March 07, 2011


- tiny oak titmouse

- the acacia tree is blooming


Blogger Liam said...

We occasionally have wee birds on the fire escape.

Oh, and once a severed, bloody pigeon wing fell out of the sky and onto the air condition set in my stepson's window.

There is nature here.

10:29 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

The ecosystem of NYC :)

Hey, what classes are you teaching now?

11:07 PM  
Blogger Mike L said...

Well, we woke to about an inch of snow on the ground this morning. The weatherman never suggested that we might see such :). Most of it has already either blown away toward Texas or has already melted, which is generally the case out here.

We have not had our usual collection of birds this year to entertain us while eating breakfast, although some have been around. It does seem to have been a good year for raptors (hawks) since most telephone poles seem to have one sitting on top.

The ravens are having trouble with the wind, we call it raven walking weather and they look rather pissed off as they stomp across the fields because it is too windy for them to fly. If the wind drops a bit they will be having a ball soaring and sailing through the air.

Liam, sounds like you have hawks there, too. They are impressive when they attack another bird on the fly.

I have Spring Fever!


Mike L

10:32 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

Yeah, we do have hawks. There's that hangs out on the Columbia campus that the students call "Hawkmadinajad."

This semester I'm teaching a medieval survey lecture course and a seminar in religion and history at Wesleyan, and I'm advising senior history theses at Barnard.

11:09 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Mike,

Still snowing!? I thin we have hawks too - I can just see them floating really high on the updrafts. When I lived in Portland I volunteered to work in the zoo once but they wanted me to take care of the mice they fed live to the raptors - eek! - so I changed my mind :)

12:23 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


Wow - you're all over. No wonder you need a car. Wish I had had someone like you to help with my thesis :)

12:27 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thesis? What thesis?

(You're still doing your camera proud, I see.)

6:22 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Susan,

Still taking photos, all thanks to you :) You were the one who inspired me to buy a camera all those years ago - I still have that same one.

Oh, the old thesis from eons ago in college - the history of the ontological argument. Boring and impossible to understand without the help of my brother-in-law back then.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I had to look up ontological argument. It helped only slightly. :-)

BTW, my verification word is IMELF. Definition: Thesis statement employed by a student to explain his small stature.

7:21 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

heh :)

11:17 PM  

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