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Well that’s me told!


Good job I’m not superstitious


London is a roost for every bird

A little while ago I posted some pictures of the goldfinches which were nesting opposite my living room window, and the show-off neighbourhood squirrel. I also mentioned the local parakeets, and promised Freda I would try to get a picture. Well, it took a while, but a few weeks ago I finally managed it! They really are hard to spot, as they sit very high up in the trees and are pretty well camouflaged. I only got this picture because I pointed, clicked a few times and hoped for the best.

I was also lucky enough to get this shot of the friendly neighbourhood fox the other day, it’s a little blurry as I took it with one hand while I was on the phone to Mum.

I’ve made a few trips to Scotland recently as well, and obviously the camera came too. When I stayed in Dunfermline prior to the Cup Final (have I mentioned that already?), Mum showed me the pansies which have somehow managed to grow through the paving slabs in the back garden, and Nala decided to join us and do the whole attention-seeking kitty thing she does so well.

We were also lucky enough to have our Glenalmond leaders training weekend in Arpafeelie, with Bishop Mark. I was incredibly excited as we were walking through the woods to see a magnificent red kite flying out of the trees straight in front of us. It was the first time I’d ever seen a kite, other than in pictures, and they really are amazing birds. Again, as with the parakeets, I got one lucky shot, and it’s more credit to the camera than me that I got the shot at all.

One last bonus picture, taken when I was in Edinburgh recently for a PYN meeting, just to counteract all the wildlife photies!

(Translation for the English: “It would be rather good if you could speed up those fancy new trams good sir.”)

Coot Club

I just want to say that coots have ridiculous feet. I was trying to convince someone of this the other day but unfortunately all the birds were swimming so you couldn’t really tell. Picture below:

A coot in Crystal Palace Park - note the crazy feet!

A coot in Crystal Palace Park - note the crazy feet!

I Wanna Walk Like You, Talk Like You

Most news is disturbing. The nice stuff is tucked away at the end of the local news, to make you forget all the horrible stuff that’s gone before. However, there have been a few stories this week that are more alarming than they first appear. Independently these stories may look innocent enough, but put them together and a disturbing pattern starts to emerge.

We start with this research from the University of St Andrews:

Chimpanzees Learn from Video Demo

“The fact that they can learn how to build a better tool for a particular task is very exciting. This type of behaviour is very rare in the wild, and it’s an essential part of human tool use.”

The following week there was more research from Harvard University:

Monkeys Recognise ‘Bad Grammar’

“They familiarised the monkeys with two-syllable terms, and recorded their reaction to words that were not consistent with that syllable pattern. The team says the work illustrates how many animals use patterns that have become intrinsic to human language.”

On the 6th July, in Chester:

Inquiry into Zoo’s Chimp Escape

“An investigation is under way into how 30 chimpanzees escaped their enclosure at Chester Zoo, forcing its evacuation.”

And on the same day, in Edinburgh:

“A number of monkeys who escaped after being moved to a new enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo are still on the loose.”

So to summarise:

  • They are learning how to make ‘tools’
  • They are learning to talk
  • They are learning how to escape

There is only one conclusion to draw from all this evidence. The monkey army and their chimp allies are assembling, and it is only a matter of time before they throw off the shackles of zoological oppression and attack.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

p.s. The chickens are (also) restless…