Category Archives: communication

Parental fatigue

When is it time for kids to go off on their own?  Certainly, what’s in the kid’s interest is not always the same as what’s in the parent’s interest.  In animal behavior, we call that “parent-offspring conflict”.  Everybody else just … Continue reading

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Key ears

It is a pretty iconic (and common) sound around Charlotte.  The keeyeeer of the Red-shouldered Hawk, that is.   There is a pair that has been really active in my neighborhood this year.  Red-shouldered Hawks are one of the birds … Continue reading

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A bit of death in the morning makes for a good meal

Over the holidays, I was visiting Virginia and while out running with my sister, came upon a lovely smell.  Well, actually, before we smelled anything, we saw the vultures.  Right on the side of the road was a group of … Continue reading

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Is caudal autotomy right for you?

The title makes it sound like a pharmaceutical ad.  “Ask your doctor about caudal autotomy today.” I should follow it up with a list of possible side effects, too.  But let’s start this way…what is it?  Caudal autotomy (which does … Continue reading

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Flashdance!

First, when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream that your fear seems to…wait a second.  I’m not actually going to provide all the lyrics.  This post isn’t about Flashdance, anyway, it’s about fireflies.  I went for a walk this … Continue reading

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The Girl is Mine

Walking through the neighborhood this afternoon, I had my attention drawn to a high-pitched burbling sound.  Across the street from me were three Brown-headed Cowbirds.  They were walking through a yard, foraging in the wet grass and occasionally picking up … Continue reading

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Love and anger

It is that time of year, isn’t it?  Every morning, the obviousness of what’s happening with all the birds strikes me.  Usually the awareness kicks in just before 5am.  For awhile, that was when the Northern Cardinal was singing in … Continue reading

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