I don't think you have enough birds here yet

Oh yes absolutely there can never be enough birds here.

A small pile of pendants I’ve made this month. These are all totally hand crafted  with gemstones and solid Argentium silver, and one of a kind.

From top to bottom, left to right:
Flourite, Prasiolite (green amethyst)
Moonstone, Moonstone, Labradorite
Labradorite, Labradorite
Kyanite, Aquamarine

I do sell these sparklies, if anyone is keen on them. Sometimes it is hard to sell them. They are delicious candygems for one’s hoard, after all.

Found some spring wildflowers, moss, and a liverwort last weekend while hiking around!

From top to bottom, left to right (some IDs are iffy at best):
Claytonia virginia - Spring Beauty
Anemone americana - Round Lobed Hepatica
A Leucobryum species (possibly L. glaucum?) with tufts of Dicranium(?) poking out, Hedwigia ciliata with immature sporophytes
Bazzania trilobata (a liverwort), Thuidium delicatulum with ferns and a hemlock twig, A Hypnum species, possibly H. curvifolium
Dicranum scoparium with sporophytes, and a tiny field of what might be Funaria hygrometrica.

Nature: It’s amazeballs. Please don’t trash it. Thanks <3
Photos taken at Allegany State Park, Bear Caves trail.

Dustbathing chickens are pretty special.

For this brief moment in time, everyone loves one another. They come together in a sunbeam and some dusty soil, and turn into a clot of churning, feathery zen.

Seen here:
Moa and Chickadee, Barred Plymouth Rocks.
Kua, the “Golden Comet” Red sex-linked hen.
Willow, the Easter Egger.
Part of both Mildred, the black cochin, and Lorp, the Black Australorp.
And, finally, Baron Rufflerump, the blue Cochin rooster.

Video Link: http://vimeo.com/2855779

Garlic Mustard, as an invasive species in North America, is pure dark nasty evil.

Let me tell you why it is so evil:
- It chokes out nearly ALL native species— including baby trees— before they can even get a start in the spring.
- It bolts quickly and each plant pratically explodes with thousands of seeds.
- The seeds stay viable in the soil for at least 5 years.
- If you mow, cut, weed-wack, or otherwise harm the plant that does not remove the entire root, the little shit comes right back, but shorter this time, so that it’s even harder to get, and nearly impossible to mow.
- It further changes the soil chemically and biologically in such a way that hinders or kills the root systems of many native species. (nerdtalk: it actually kills the mycelium which are vital to healthy symbiotic root systems of most of our plants and trees)
- Nothing native eats garlic mustard. Even deer don’t eat it. This actually makes things worse, because by choking out native species, the garlic mustard reduces the natural browse that deer and other animals depend on, and actually further compounds over-browsing by deer and other animals.
- In addition to it killing our amazing native plants, studies have shown that at least one native animal species is getting wiped out by this stuff. The Virginia White Butterfly, which is an endangered species.
- You can’t safely even compost Garlic Mustard.

THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO PULL PLANTS THAT WILL GO TO SEED THIS YEAR. They are just popping out of the earth here in the Northeast. The plants that are growing the round leaves, right now, will seed this year. TELL THEM NO



Please help!! If you like to hike, pop a bag in your pocket and if you see just one or two plants, pull them by the root and put them in your bag. (please don’t trespass, and respect private landowners, though!)
If you see a LOT of it, make note of the location and contact your local land owners or forest department and ask if they are managing it. If not, it’s up to you— but if you put together a group pull you’re my hero. <3

If you have this nonsense growing on your property, make a game plan and ruin it’s day!! This stuff is genuinely wrecking our beautiful native forests!!


Do you like charts? Do you like nature? Here’s a semi-annual reminder that my online store is bursting with charts, tshirts and other nature-related items that I’m pretty proud of.

I don’t usually reblog stuff, but here’s a worthwhile exception. You’ve seen these comics before, I bet! Support the awesome artist that makes them! She is really super nice and cares very much about ecology. Well worth your dollars, if you have them to spare.

Nam: *a whisper on the wind*
~Slee is coooool~

Slee: *An echo on the breeze*
~~Nam is great~~

Nam: *a zephyr though the sky*
~~~Slee is rockin tacos~~~

Slee: *A sussurus on the.. Uh. Insert name for a sort of wind here.*
~~~~~Nam is rad as heck~~~~~

Nam: *a fart through the cheeks*
~~~~~~Slee isgfGBBLLPPPT~~~~~~

Slee: Ok
Slee: You win

Can I ask you where the name "Nambroth" comes from? Does it mean anything, or is it a reference to something? I've only ever seen it used in relation to you.

I made it up as a name for a character in the early 90’s, and ended up using it as a screen name when I got online first in 1996. It just sort of stuck!! I have met many online friends in those 18 years, and some became room-mates for a while (one even became my husband!), so even in person I tend to answer to “Nambroth” just as fast as my real name.
It has no real meaning other than my ‘character’ name; I just made it up as a cool sounding fantasy name when I was pretty young.

I am actually not a huge fan of ‘fursuits’, but I do love realistic masks.. obviously, as I sometimes make them myself! I know that realistic animal masks overlaps heavily into the furry side of things, and at the same time the two are not mutually exclusive. When beautiful, realistic animal masks make it online, I often see comments of “I normally don’t like this sort of thing, but WOW, I love this!”. I am in that camp, too! So it is with no small consideration that I encourage anyone that loves realistic animal masks (especially big cats) to check out this beautiful leopard mask. Given that these things need to be built around the very non-feline shaped human head, the anatomy is really stellar!

The real shame in all this is that the artist making these does so entirely from scratch, and is still having trouble. Hopefully this auction goes well for her and turns the tide a bit!

You don’t have to be a ‘furry’ to appreciate this stuff. I am not, and I think it’s darn cool! Hell, this would make a killer costume for pretty much any event where showing up in costume is acceptable. Halloween would never be the same for you. And I won’t EVEN tell you how much kids love seeing these.




Fluffy, running Sanderlings!

source video

Not saying you didn’t see a truly one-legged sanderling (that happens! and this is just a good prompt for me to talk about this behavior!), but it’s common for them (and other smaller shorebirds) to hop about for extended periods of time on one leg.  It’s a thing they are known to do, something fun for bird watchers to look for, and it’s adorable.  Sometimes they will even hop on the one leg until they feel threatened enough to fly away, never revealing the second leg.  This common hopping behavior is probably why that particular gif was included in the set (though I can’t speak for the original poster), and the source video shows the behavior very well.

I have to imagine that since this is a common behavior for them normally, in the event of losing an actual leg, it’s not a big inconvenience.

From Bird Web:

"Sanderlings flock, and members of different flocks interchange freely. The quintessential surf-dodger, the Sanderling is most recognized for its behavior of running down to the water’s edge with an outgoing wave, and racing back up the beach to avoid the next incoming wave. Dunlins and Western Sandpipers also do this, so this behavior is not diagnostic. They feed by probing, and leave bands of holes along a beach where they have stuck their beaks into the sand probing for food. They also feed in tire tracks. When roosting, they usually stand on one leg, and if disturbed, they will hop away from the disturbance on one leg.”

Also for folks, here’s a neat article about birds standing on one leg.

For sanderlings, if chasing, then running away, from waves wasn’t enough of an adorably silly behavior, the one-legged thing just makes them total derps.

Finally, here’s a short video I took of the one-legged antics.  This is a short hop, but seriously, they will hop for ages on one leg.  (I also love how they look around and pivot on the one leg so they don’t have to lift their heads from their cozy feathers.)

My mistake! I don’t see shorebirds often and was unaware of this behavior. It was the only individual doing one-legged locomotion and it did it for the hour I watched it so I assumed poorly. I removed my original post so I don’t spread misinformation!

"Thunderous Tides"Moa, a Barred Plymouth Rock and also the boss hen of my flock, is tremendous in her girth. At times she is truly large beyond imagination, and is seen here emerging from the ocean. Don&#8217;t be jealous of her thunderous thighs!The gulls are in no danger. She is too rotund to give chase.Corel Painter, acrylic brush.Have a mighty need for a print?

"Thunderous Tides"Moa, a Barred Plymouth Rock and also the boss hen of my flock, is tremendous in her girth. At times she is truly large beyond imagination, and is seen here emerging from the ocean. Don’t be jealous of her thunderous thighs!

The gulls are in no danger. She is too rotund to give chase.

Corel Painter, acrylic brush.

Have a mighty need for a print?

Pionus electron transfer: COMPLETE
(Gorbash, a Maximillian&#8217;s Pionus, left; Khu, a Bronze-Winged Pionus, right. Khu runs and stomps around when she sees the camera so this is a very rare photo of them secretly being cute.)

Pionus electron transfer: COMPLETE

(Gorbash, a Maximillian’s Pionus, left; Khu, a Bronze-Winged Pionus, right. Khu runs and stomps around when she sees the camera so this is a very rare photo of them secretly being cute.)

I reckon that this single stump in my yard probably has more going on in its life than I do in mine.
"Yes hello how many species of moss and lichen are you covered in? Oh, none? I see, how tragic."


On a similar note to the last post I made: