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Wren : “also known as kuningilin “kinglet” in Old High German, a name associated with the fable of the election of the “king of birds”. The bird who could fly to the highest altitude would be made king. The eagle outflew all other birds, but he was beaten by a small bird who had hidden in his plumage.”

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Thought this was a woodpecker, not sure? Maybe a european starling bird, The adult has a black beak in the winter. No wonder the chickadees were having a fit around this bird. Chickadee photo pending….

The European Starling was introduced into North America when the “American Acclimatization Society” for European settlers released some 80-100 birds in Central Park (New York City) in 1890-91. The head of this particular organization, Eugene Scheiffelin, desired to introduce all birds ever mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare.

All the European Starlings in North America descended from 100 birds set loose in New York’s Central Park in the early 1890s. The birds were intentionally released by a group who wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned. It took several tries, but eventually the population took off. Today, more than 200 million European Starlings range from Alaska to Mexico, and many people consider them pests.
Because of their recent arrival in North America, all of our starlings are closely related. Genetically, individuals from Virginia are nearly indistinguishable from starlings sampled in California, 3,000 miles away. Such little genetic variation often spells trouble for rare species, but seems to offer no ill effects to starlings so far.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/european_starling/lifehistory

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I failed with getting the picture I wanted of a chickadee minus them with a beak full of lard. So I have settle for the Starling in hopes of seeing a murmuration one day.

A “murmuration” of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles on display in winter. Impenetrable as the flock’s movements might seem to the human eye, the underlying maths is comparatively straightforward. Each bird strives to fly as close to its neighbours as possible, instantly copying any changes in speed or direction. As a result, tiny deviations by one bird are magnified and distorted by those surrounding it, creating rippling, swirling patterns. In other words, this is a classic case of mathematical chaos (larger shapes composed of infinitely varied smaller patterns). Whatever the science, however, it is difficult for the observer to think of it as anything other than some vast living entity.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/4736472/The-mathematics-of-murmurating-starlings.html

 

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I’ve been collecting LED lights and hope to do a post soon regarding. My last banana tree photo was lit painting light with a led flashlight.

http://www.cree.com/

 

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3 responses

  1. “Gray Thursday”

    Opening stores on Thanksgiving is illegal in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts due to remnants of those state’s Puritan-inspired “Blue Laws.”

    Not Open on Thanksgiving
    Nordstorm’s, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Sam’s Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, Ross Stores, Lowe’s, Von Maur and Cabela’s.

    November 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  2. November 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  3. November 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

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