OOLOGY

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Oology is the study of eggs, mostly their shells. In the 19th and
early 20th century it was a hobby, like stamp and coin collecting.
Eggs were collected from wild birds’ nests, holes made in both ends, and the
material inside blown out. They were displayed, sold, and traded, …

28 March 2011  Uncategorized

           

Wherever I travel, I look for
birds. Big cities, the suburbs, the sands of Namibia, and last week, Disney
World. Disney World is huge, spread over 43 square miles and employing 50,000
people. Hordes of people, tens of thousands of vehicles, and enormous
structures are everywhere, although a lot of …

21 March 2011  Uncategorized

According to the New York Times, the oldest known wild bird in the United States, is an albatross.  “Wisdom, a Laysan albatross who lives in the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific northwest of the main Hawaiian island, is 60 years old. Among birds in the wild, albatrosses are believed …

15 March 2011  Uncategorized

           

The Killdeer gets its name because
someone thought the screeching sound the bird makes when it takes off sounded
like “kill-deer, kill-deer.” I don’t , but I’m too late to rename the bird. The
Killdeer’s scientific name is Charadrius
vociferous, the last part referring to its call. (I’ll get to …

7 March 2011  Uncategorized
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