This is me, swanning off
kororaa:

OH WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK
I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SLEEP AGAIN WITHOUT HAVING NIGHTMARES OF THESE HORRIBLE MONSTERS
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

(Random ornithologist attack!)Hi there! Actually, the reason these baby finches have such weird mouths is pretty cool - vidua finches are a family of bird that exclusively lay their eggs in the nests of estrildid finches. To defend themselves, estrildid finches have evolved these mouth patterns so that the host parents can check the gaps of their babies and distinguish which ones are actually their own, and which belong to the vidua finches (although, since each species of vidua finch specializes in just one species of estrildid finch, their gape patterns tend to look very similar).

kororaa:

OH WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK

I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SLEEP AGAIN WITHOUT HAVING NIGHTMARES OF THESE HORRIBLE MONSTERS

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

(Random ornithologist attack!)

Hi there! Actually, the reason these baby finches have such weird mouths is pretty cool - vidua finches are a family of bird that exclusively lay their eggs in the nests of estrildid finches. To defend themselves, estrildid finches have evolved these mouth patterns so that the host parents can check the gaps of their babies and distinguish which ones are actually their own, and which belong to the vidua finches (although, since each species of vidua finch specializes in just one species of estrildid finch, their gape patterns tend to look very similar).

alatherna:

Start over…Done in 07.2014
This took me so long to finish, but finally! It’s done!
Bucky Barnes from MCU, my beloved brainwashed assassin ♥
I'm still pretty much not over him and it has been months since the movie came out, and I know that at least half of the tumblr are in the same situation as me - still hopelessly drowning in the overwhelming ocean of feels that is Bucky Barnes life story.
I said it once before, this is Loki kind of tumblr-crazy, and that is really something.
Yeah, I love Bucky ♥ Also, the metal arm, let’s not forget the arm. That shit is just plain awesome.
Please enjoy ♥
P.S.: My wrist is much better btw, so I will be opening commissions soon. Also, I’m planing to make a tutorial from this picture, so, stay tuned =D
Click on the pic to go to the DeviantART page with the bigger version or, if the link on the picture doesn’t work, click here: [ MCU - Start over…] ♥

alatherna:

Start over…
Done in 07.2014

This took me so long to finish, but finally! It’s done!

Bucky Barnes from MCU, my beloved brainwashed assassin

I'm still pretty much not over him and it has been months since the movie came out, and I know that at least half of the tumblr are in the same situation as me - still hopelessly drowning in the overwhelming ocean of feels that is Bucky Barnes life story.

I said it once before, this is Loki kind of tumblr-crazy, and that is really something.

Yeah, I love Bucky Also, the metal arm, let’s not forget the arm. That shit is just plain awesome.

Please enjoy

P.S.: My wrist is much better btw, so I will be opening commissions soon. Also, I’m planing to make a tutorial from this picture, so, stay tuned =D


Click on the pic to go to the DeviantART page with the bigger version or, if the link on the picture doesn’t work, click here: [ MCU - Start over…]
scatteringstarslikesprinkles:

romancingthieves:

risewiththemoon:

These are my favorite opals. Don’t they look like hatching dragon eggs? My mom has a bunch, but we went into an opal store and they had cases and cases of them. It looked like an incubator lol

I need these in a little nest in a tiny bird cage so bad, RIGHT NOW!!

Oh that would be so pretty!

scatteringstarslikesprinkles:

romancingthieves:

risewiththemoon:

These are my favorite opals. Don’t they look like hatching dragon eggs? My mom has a bunch, but we went into an opal store and they had cases and cases of them. It looked like an incubator lol

I need these in a little nest in a tiny bird cage so bad, RIGHT NOW!!

Oh that would be so pretty!

becausebirds:

whatthefauna:

Amazonian royal flycatchers are typically drab-looking brown birds. During courtship, however, both sexes display a brightly colored crest that is normally hidden from view. It is rare among birds for both males (red) and females (yellow) to have such colorful markings.

Image credit: Andrew Snyder

Hey baby, wanna see my crest?

datlamb:

THEY FKLY OVER TO HER SO SHELL FEED THEM IM DYING

Their little waggling heads!!

Got to see my birds again this past week! Didn’t get many photos though, in part because the tiels (Donnelly in particular) absolutely love chewing on my iPhone case, so every photo ends up looking like the second one if I take too long. XD

Argyle (napping all cuddled up with me) managed to knock out half her primaries during a night fright, so she’s no longer flying around, but she seems to be doing well and is far more chill than the Donnelbird, who is molting into his yellow face and cannot exist without being attached to a human. He also said his first word! Arguably, at least. I mean, he’s a cockatiel so “peekaboo!” comes out more like “ERRerrerr!”.

Esther is still the prettiest little budgie hen, and the most active and playful of the three. Ripley (the big fat English budgie, and still the only bird I’ve actually heard fart) and Rygel (the tiny skittish American budgie) tend to stay in the cage and twitter at each other. I was amazed to see Argyle actually present her head for Ripley to preen - traditionally they have only just tolerated each other! Maybe she will even learn to get along with Donnelly, some day.

Today marks one of my last days in the field, so here are some more photos from my day job!

First: Why don’t you go take a drive down N O road?

Second: a song sparrow nest with a cowbird egg. Unfortunately, we only ever found two song sparrow nests, so I had to cut them from my thesis. They were both parasitized, but this one was abandoned and the eggs from the other nest didn’t develop properly.

Third: opened up a bluebird box, but she didn’t want to fly out! Eventually she did but she came back after, don’t worry.

Fourth: I woke up one day to find that one of the cowbird eggs I was incubating had just hatched! I fed the little guy and took him back out to the host nest. I was incubating them because like 70% of the nests I found never made it to hatching. After this I always got them into the nest slightly before they actually turned all bird-shaped.

Fifth: Eastern Phoebe nest under the bridge at the golf course. They are often parasitized but not this time. They seem to stay in their nest until they are rather old!

Sixth: Dickcissel nest with cowbird eggs. The parents later abandoned the nest; not sure why.

Seventh: one of my experimental broods, two red-winged blackbirds and one cowbird (marked on the bill). I took them into my “lab”, weighed them, fed them, and recorded their begging behavior. It is SO HARD to distinguish cowbirds from blackbirds at this age!!

Eighth: Common Yellowthroat nestlings. It is vERY difficult to find their nests!

Ninth: walking around in middle-of-nowhere Illinois and suddenly a ravine with a lake at the bottom??

Tenth: Blue Grosbeak clutch with cowbird parasitism. These guys gave us such a hard time! At first we thought they were dove eggs (at a different nest earlier in the season), so maybe the nest was parasitized and then doves stole the nest, then there were three eggs (doves only ever lay two white eggs) so my advisor said dickcissel, and then we were thinking blackbird since we’d found a mutant with immaculate blue eggs. It wasn’t until I found a bunch of grosbeak nestlings with a cowbird and the parents came close enough for me to identify them that grosbeak even crossed our minds - they are very uncommon here except for at that particular site!

(note: birds in general do not have a great sense of smell, so touching the nest contents will not usually cause them to abandon their young - but it CAN lead predators to the nest and stress out the birds, so it isn’t recommended unless you have a good reason to!)

becausebirds:


Think you could help me identify this bird? I live in Ct near forest and this bird was near my feeder but I have no clue what it is

This birb is most definitely a Brown-headed Cowbird.
It has many cow-like qualities. Also the adult males have a black body with a brown head.
FUN FACT: They put their eggs in other bird’s nests to have them raise them instead, because they are lazy jerks.read more

My favorite bird and the animal I study! They are amazing and people totally give them a bad rap really unfairly. Mostly, people love to hate them because they make a convenient scapegoat for humanity’s role in declining bird populations.

It’s worth pointing out that the mafia hypothesis (as we in the cowbird biz call it) is not well supported and needs to be investigated much more thoroughly before you call anything like a fact. We don’t even know for sure that cowbirds can recognize their own eggs! Also, they are definitely not lazy - the females might not build a nest and take care of their own offspring, but like many things in biology, it comes for a price. Although an equal number of male and female cowbirds are hatched from any typical clutch, the sex ratio of the adults is skewed very far in the direction of the males, implying that the females experience an extremely high mortality rate in the course of what they do. In addition to basically spending the summer hopping from toilet to toilet, they are also routinely beaten up on by host parents.

In short - yes, that is a Brown-headed Cowbird, and she is a fantastic creature!

becausebirds:

Think you could help me identify this bird? I live in Ct near forest and this bird was near my feeder but I have no clue what it is

This birb is most definitely a Brown-headed Cowbird.

It has many cow-like qualities. Also the adult males have a black body with a brown head.

FUN FACT: They put their eggs in other bird’s nests to have them raise them instead, because they are lazy jerks.read more

My favorite bird and the animal I study! They are amazing and people totally give them a bad rap really unfairly. Mostly, people love to hate them because they make a convenient scapegoat for humanity’s role in declining bird populations.

It’s worth pointing out that the mafia hypothesis (as we in the cowbird biz call it) is not well supported and needs to be investigated much more thoroughly before you call anything like a fact. We don’t even know for sure that cowbirds can recognize their own eggs! Also, they are definitely not lazy - the females might not build a nest and take care of their own offspring, but like many things in biology, it comes for a price. Although an equal number of male and female cowbirds are hatched from any typical clutch, the sex ratio of the adults is skewed very far in the direction of the males, implying that the females experience an extremely high mortality rate in the course of what they do. In addition to basically spending the summer hopping from toilet to toilet, they are also routinely beaten up on by host parents.

In short - yes, that is a Brown-headed Cowbird, and she is a fantastic creature!

au8:

listoflifehacks:

If you like this list of life hacks, follow ListOfLifeHacks for more like it!

I swear people who follow listoflifehacks will be the most prepared for a zombie apocalypse

Actually, when boiling water to sterilize it - bacteria in spore form will survive in boiling water, so it’s important to boil it three times in five-minute intervals. The spores will grow back into living bacteria after being boiled initially so you need to boil it again to kill them.

The field season’s finally starting to wind down, so I took a moment to draw something silly.

The field season’s finally starting to wind down, so I took a moment to draw something silly.