Hey lies!! Lies! Hey!! I’m so excited!! I just saw what i think was an adult female merlin outside my back door!! I opened my door and it was just there on the ground, and i looked at it, and it looked at me, and then it flew away. It must have just caught something because there were feathers strewn all around where it was standing (they were small and black, from a black phoebe i think??? we’ve got a lot of those). I didn’t know what it was at first because it was so small!! but it was cute!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

That is so cool! (Well, except for the phoebe. Kind of a bummer for them.) But yeah! Merlins are the best!

As it turns out I’m about 90 minutes away from giving a talk on birds of prey as part of my ongoing series of beginner birdwatching classes I’m doing, and my talk has Actual Merlin Content. There’s a Merlin (or maybe more than one; I’m not sure) that I’ve been seeing a fair amount in the last few weeks as I’ve been ramping up my birding obsession in anticipation of the Christmas Count. A few days ago I got to watch it chasing/being chased by a group of crows at the Carpinteria Bluffs. That ruled.

Fun fact (of which you may already be aware): A few years ago ornithologists were surprised to discover that falcons have more genetic code in common (and hence share a more-recent common ancestor) with parrots than they do with other birds of prey. The fact that falcons look and act like hawks is more a case of convergent evolution than actual close kinship.

So: Awesome fastest-creature-on-earth murder parrots FTW!

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anonsally replied to your post “Brief housekeeping note about my blogging behavior after…

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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You are posting a lot lately about your blogging behavior!

I blame the zeitgeist. Narcissism on the rise! Apologies for the metachatter; I’ll try to keep it to a minimum going forward.

echojar replied to your post “Brief housekeeping note about my blogging behavior after a…”

1) i agree with sally and 2) will you also be posting the blog posts from medium on twitter?

Yes, I will be doing that. So far there’s only one post on Medium, and it remains to be seen how much time/energy I’ll have to do more.

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echojar replied to your post:of-a-toast-and-tea replied to your post “For…I feel similarly!…

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

I feel similarly! I keep feeling like I should reply to people but I have nothing to say! But then I also feel like I felt like that before replies were gone and that I often just have nothing to say.

I also frequently feel like I have nothing to say. I’m happy to once again have the chance to feel that, I guess. :-)

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

echojar replied to your post:  For science

several months?

sophisticatedajumma replied to your postFor science

6 months??

flameysaur replied to your postFor science

I feel like a month or two.

aeternamente replied to your postFor science

since at least the beginning of the year i think…

About 5 months, as it turns out. (I thought it had been longer.) Replies went away around the beginning of November.

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