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An interesting wildlife story.

by drpruner / January 24, 2009 9:33 AM PST
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/cnn-news/18549168/detail.html
Rare 'Ivory' Bird Drawing Crowds In Bay State
"... This winter, however, a rare snowbird, an arctic sea gull, has decided to make a stopover at Plymouth Harbor, to the delight of crowds of bird lovers eager to see the pure white visitor that is native to the Arctic Circle."

... which reminds me of a book:
Seabird [1948] A carved ivory gull is the mascot for four generations of seafarers aboard a whaler, a clipper ship, a steamer, and an airplane. [Wikipedia]

Any of you with kids or grandkids will want to know about the author.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holling_Clancy_Holling
He's the one non-native writer I recommend to First Nations people wanting books about themselves. The books are entertaining and well-researched. At least two have convinced readers that the stories were non-fiction. Happy
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Oh, it's about a bird
by Steven Haninger / January 24, 2009 10:22 AM PST

and not a "wild life" story.

Our current avian invaders are flocks of starlings that can darken a large part of the sky and make foot traffic slippery after they leave. No photos necessary. Happy

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we took in our Christmas lights in this January "thaw".
by James Denison / January 25, 2009 4:39 PM PST
In reply to: Oh, it's about a bird

We left the ones on the front crabapple trees. Why? Hoping for spring rains to clean them up from all the starlings that visited the tree for the mushy, frozen fruits on them this year. For some reason the birds won't eat the crabapples when humans might, nor do the squirrels who eat only small amounts of them. Instead they prefer to wait till they've been frozen and then thaw and are mushy. I've tried them that way to see what the attraction is and can only conclude there is no real attraction beyond it's one of the last food sources, but maybe I'm missing the truth on it. It might be they don't like them when they are still tart, maybe too much vitamen C?

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Let's see ...
by drpruner / January 26, 2009 1:26 PM PST

A squirrel can crack nuts with its teeth- routinely- but won't eat fresh crabapples. It eats them only when mushy, and as a last resort. (My brother reports that his won't touch them.)

You, however- the highly evolved human- choose to eat them ...

Happy

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I don't eat acorns either.
by James Denison / January 26, 2009 3:15 PM PST
In reply to: Let's see ...

Tried a few, but after unpuckering my mouth, decided I'd leave them to the squirrels.

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which reminded me of another book
by jonah jones / January 25, 2009 2:01 AM PST

Tarka the Otter, by Henry Williamson he also wrote Salar the Salmon, and a brilliant 15 book series called

A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight - a semi-autobiographical series of 15 books following the life of Phillip Maddison from birth till the early 1950s.
o The Dark Lantern (1951)
o Donkey Boy (1952)
o Young Phillip Maddison (1953)
o How Dear Is Life (1954)
o A Fox Under My Cloak (1955)
o The Golden Virgin (1957)
o Love and the Loveless (1958)
o A Test to Destruction (1960)
o The Innocent Moon (1961)
o It Was the Nightingale (1962)
o The Power of the Dead (1963)
o The Phoenix Generation (1965)
o A Solitary War (1967)
o Lucifer Before Sunrise (1967)
o The Gale of the World (1969)


the Golden Virgin is still one of my all time
'books that made an impression'


.,

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(NT) Never heard of him, but I'll check him out.
by drpruner / January 25, 2009 6:42 AM PST
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Tarka-read the book, ignore the movie
by jonah jones / January 25, 2009 8:03 PM PST

it was SO disappointing

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It's almost always the case.
by drpruner / January 26, 2009 1:27 PM PST

I can even use the joke that was popular when John Huston made his movie.
"Say, have you seen The Bible ?"
"No, I read the book."
Happy

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or Watership Down
by jonah jones / January 26, 2009 7:38 PM PST

read the book
saw the movie
ate the pie


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in fact, one of the very few cases
where the movie equaled the book


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LOL, I thought you were going to say,
by James Denison / January 25, 2009 4:35 PM PST

...Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

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Loved that book too.
by Ziks511 / January 29, 2009 7:13 PM PST

Was the Golden Virgin about the Virgin of the church at Amiens during WW1 which. as a result of shelling, hung face forward at a 90 degree angle from the church, and of whom it was said that when she fell, WW1 would end?

Have you read The Snow Goose, about a hermit on the coast who takes care of a snow goose until it is better, and then he gets involved in the Dunkirk rescue, and is killed?

Rob

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