Saturday

Jul. 24th, 2010 11:20 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Cloudy, warm, and steamy. 85 degrees (29.4 Celsius). Looks like we've got another failed nest -- there are eggshell fragments in and around the nest (not outside it) and most of a whole egg that's been scooted almost out of the nest. I have no idea what may have happened -- I haven't seen any small predators around this time. On the other hand, there was a wren singing away in one of the oak trees. So who knows.

What else? Mr. N is going to run some errands later ... I should vacuum the bedroom again. Chango is starting to shed like the fur factory she is. *g* In the meantime, have an artfully-composed shot of a wary bull at a Belgian agricultural fair. Heh.

Thursday

Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:47 pm
nightdog_barks: (Puppy Toss)
It's Thursday already? Hm. Hazy sun and warm, 90 degrees (32.2 Celsius) and humid. Peeked at the wren nest yesterday -- mother wren was in there, sitting on the eggs, so I backed away as quietly as possible.

Still writing on a ficly thing, which is good. Feeling better than I did yesterday, which is also a good thing. :-)

I Spy

Jul. 13th, 2010 02:54 pm
nightdog_barks: (Ravens)
Was about to step out onto the deck for a few minutes, saw the wren emerge for a break. Took a quick peek -- five eggs.
nightdog_barks: (Puppy Toss)
Plz nobody to be getting excited, but there's another wren in the nest.

Saturday

Apr. 24th, 2010 11:32 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Peeked in this morning and ... the nest is empty. Empty as in the chick and the other eggs are gone. And by gone, I mean not there, disappeared, like they were never there.

So. I have no idea what happened. A quick Google turned up some info that sometimes male wrens will destroy their own eggs. We had a thundershower move through at about 1 a.m., but otherwise there was nothing unusual.

I'm not heartbroken; I do wonder what happened but will probably never know.
ETA that the general consensus is that a night predator, possibly a rat or a possum, robbed the nest. It's still possible, however, that the parents may try to reuse it. Yes, I'll be an optimist. *g*

Bright sun and a bit cooler at 69 degrees. Otherwise not much yet. Started reading Hallelujah Junction, the autobiography of the American composer John Adams, last night.

And thus endeth the wren saga. Won't touch the nest in case someone else wants to use it.
nightdog_barks: (Egg)
You guys, there's a chick. At least one of the eggs has hatched, and there's a chick. The natural light has gone and it's hard to see into the nest, so I don't know if it's just the one so far. And no, I'm not going to shine a flashlight in there. *g*

But. A little tiny wren chick. :-D

Friday

Apr. 23rd, 2010 11:25 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Mostly sunny, still fairly humid. 75 degrees (23.8 Celsius).

Wren Update: Again, there's not much to say. She's in the nest so I can't see the eggs.

Anyway ... poem coming up shortly. Must also run some errands today.

Thursday

Apr. 22nd, 2010 10:45 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Cloudy and a bit cooler -- 68 degrees (20 Celsius), with rain forecast for tomorrow. Mr. N got up at 3:30 this morning to catch the first flight to Chicago, so things are a little ... out of synch right now.

Wren Update: On the nest, can't see the eggs.

Also, apparently my brain (what there is of it) is absolutely determined not to let me read Unaccustomed Earth, so I've picked up another Stan Jones mystery for the moment (Frozen Sun).

Poem coming up.

Wednesday

Apr. 21st, 2010 12:13 pm
nightdog_barks: (Sun)
Finally the sun is out -- it kept trying to come out yesterday but then would disappear again. It's 75 degrees (23.8 C), with a light breeze out of the southeast. It's also humid (55%).

Wren Update: She was on the nest yesterday evening and is there this morning, so I can't see the eggs.

Not much else; feeling very slow today, probably because doc tweaked my hypertension meds. So have a story about an ancient DIY Greek temple, via the History Blog.

Tuesday

Apr. 20th, 2010 12:26 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Well, the sun is trying to come out. Still a bit cool at 66 degrees (18.8 Celsius).

Wren Update: On the nest yesterday, not this morning. The five eggs are still whole.

Not much, so here's an interesting interview with the British novelist David Mitchell (Ghostwritten, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green). I'm a big Mitchell fan, and was just delighted to see he's got a new book out. In the interview, he talks about the difficulties and accompanying terrors of writing in the third person (he was afraid of not knowing where to stop) and the limits his children might face if he and his family had continued to live in Japan (his wife is Japanese). The interview is here.

In other news, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall is garnering bets to be the first Booker/Orange Prize double winner. Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs and Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna are also in the running.

So. Poem coming up.

Monday

Apr. 19th, 2010 12:34 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Cloudy and still cool at 61 degrees (16.1 Celsius). Chango is obviously happy that it's stopped raining -- she's already stolen Mr. N's hairbrush and flung it around downstairs. Heh.

Wren Update: She's in the nest, tucked away so all I can see is her head.

Need to fold and put away yesterday's laundry and do some vacuuming. In the meantime, here's an interesting story about a production of Antony and Cleopatra by the Royal Shakespeare Company that really embodies the whole show must go on concept.

Poem coming up.

Sunday ...

Apr. 18th, 2010 11:18 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
... and a very cool news photo under the cut, of a British spotted pony foal, born about a week or so ago at Wembury Point in England.

Read more... )

Cloudy and cool, 58 degrees (14.4 Celsius) and very wet. Rained off and on all day yesterday and most of last night -- not heavy but a steady, soaking rain. Chango was not happy.

Wren Update: Not on the nest (although she was yesterday), eggs look unchanged. And ... that's all for the moment, I guess.

Saturday

Apr. 17th, 2010 12:15 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Cloudy with light rain -- 70 degrees (21.1 Celsius). Finally got a good night's sleep, which is such a relief.

Wren Update: She's on the nest. :-)

Was poking around Flightaware.com -- lots of cool stuff there. Real-time U.S. airport traffic, flight paths, etc. And this, which I thought was beautiful --

Under the cut ...  )

And here's a live view of air traffic at Logan. Compare this to the shot of live traffic at London's Heathrow today. Yikes.

Not much else. Maybe a bonus poem later today.

Friday

Apr. 16th, 2010 10:48 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Ugh, feeling really worn out this morning. Would it upset the balance of the universe so much for something to go right for a change? Anyway ... cloudy and damp and much cooler (comparatively). 68 degrees (20 Celsius), humidity 71%. Chango was barking and growling around midnight last night -- got up to see what was wrong. It was raining.

Wren Update: Not on the nest right now, but she was there yesterday evening. All five eggs look unchanged.

Poem up in just a bit.

ETA that there's a blue jay taking a noisy splashing bath in the big water dish on the deck. Hee.

Thursday

Apr. 15th, 2010 10:37 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Cloudy and damp -- 70 degrees (21.1 Celsius) with possible rain later this afternoon.

Wren Update: Not on the nest at the moment, five eggs are still intact.

Not much else right now, so here's an awesome story about what was most likely a meteor lighting up Iowa and Wisconsin last night. Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy is asking folks to report in with any info they might have. Very cool!

Poem up in just a bit.

Wednesday

Apr. 14th, 2010 12:01 pm
nightdog_barks: (Sun)
Bright sun and not a cloud in the sky. Was on the deck just now and managed to catch a glimpse of two big hawks sailing overhead -- I think they were red-tails. 74 degrees (23.3 C) with a light breeze out of the southeast.

Wren Update: Mrs. Wren was there earlier this morning, tucked into the depths of the nest. Saw her and her mate (I assume) on the fence just a little while ago and so I peeped in on the nest again. Same as same, five little eggs. Depending on when they were laid on Easter weekend and their condition, they MAY start to hatch within the next few days.

So. Not much more at the moment. Poem coming up shortly.

Tuesday

Apr. 13th, 2010 11:07 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Wren Update: Saw her on the nest yesterday evening; not on the nest this morning but still five little eggs.

Sunny and 72 degrees (22.2 Celsius). Have put the trash and several good-sized cardboard boxes outside -- more spring cleaning, or something like it.

Here are a couple of news stories ... Croatian girl wakes from 24-hour coma speaking perfect German, which is interesting, but I like this one even more for its sheer WTF?-quality -- Tea Party candidate for NY Governor sends racist, pornographic, bestiality emails. And by "bestiality," I mean sex with a horse. Yes, kids, this guy forwarded sex-with-a-horse emails to his friends and didn't see anything wrong with that. Not to mention the racist emails using the n-word. But, y'know, he's not a racist. And he's sorry IF anyone was offended. Which makes it all okay! Mmmm-kay then.

So. Poem for Poetry Month coming up.

Monday

Apr. 12th, 2010 10:28 am
nightdog_barks: (Sun)
Wren Update: Not on the nest, eggs look fine.

Bright sun and very pleasant although the humidity is still a little high -- 70 degrees (21.1 Celsius), 73% humidity. Supposed to go up to about 80 this afternoon.

Need to get out and run some errands. And post a poem. Yes.

AND I keep forgetting to thank Topaz for the adorable virtual puppy! The AVP? Puppies FTW! *g*

Sunday

Apr. 11th, 2010 11:39 am
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Ugh and blah, not nearly enough sleep last night.

Wren Update: Not on the nest, five eggs clearly visible. I dunno, guys, maybe wrens just aren't the most attentive of avian mothers. Whatever, I refuse to worry about it.
ETA that it's about 20 minutes later and she's on the nest. Saw a wren on the deck, guessed it might be her, and it was. :-)

Mostly cloudy and very humid, although it's not supposed to rain. 64 degrees (17.7 Celsius). More later, probably. Bluh.

Saturday

Apr. 10th, 2010 12:20 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Wren Update: She's there on the nest, but I haven't bothered her since a quick glance in. Beady black eyes FTW, heh.

Sunny and just a little breezy. 69 degrees (20.5 Celsius) and a tad more humid than yesterday. Need to do some vacuuming ... also want to do some writing. So we'll see what happens. *g*

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