Monday, April 28, 2008

Birds on Their Migrations

Sandhill Crane(Grus canadensis)

On the drive into town today, my wife pointed out these birds in the field above. She went back later, after arriving at home and unloading the building supplies we needed. We have never seen them before.

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

She is the picture taker in this family and she has us looking at the different species as we sit at our dining room table, looking through the patio doors to the feeders she has placed amongst the trees.

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)

The Varied Thrust and the Nut hatch are new for us to see around the feeders. The "Evening Grosbeaks" still pay us a visit on a regular basis.

Have you seen Alvin?

Oh, and yes I know Alvin is a Chipmunk:)

American Red Squirrel(Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

One thing you can be assured of is the healthy population of squirrels. They maintain their occupation over the food while some of the birds themselves feed.

See:Wildlife and related links there.

5 comments:

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Plato,

Some nice shots of the fauna! I do notice however that wherever our sage of ancient Greece now resides, that there is not much in the way of flora as of yet. That is if the date on the photos are correct and that is truly snow I see rather then white sand dunes:-) Anyway, please tell you better half how much I enjoy the photos. I would have called her by name, yet can’t for I don’t know it. Now if you were Socrates I would have known to call her Xanthippe :-)

Best,

Phil

Plato said...

Phil:I do notice however that wherever our sage of ancient Greece now resides, that there is not much in the way of flora as of yet. That is if the date on the photos are correct and that is truly snow I see rather then white sand dunes:-)

Yes, the dates are correct, and yes, quite the contrast between geographical locations. I made a "collage(look to the bottom of the page linked)" with which to remind ourselves of the beauty of the flora that does exist in those "other times."

She likes to take pictures of the "flower heads singularly," as well, and these are many we display on the desktop, for furthering the "remembrance of that other time" while "hibernating" in the winter months.

A Geometrical inclination to all manifestations within in the focus of our ever wakeful minds?

"AND we should consider that God gave the sovereign part of the human soul to be the divinity of each one, being that part which, as we say, dwells at the top of the body, inasmuch as we are a plant not of an earthly but of a heavenly growth, raises us from earth to our kindred who are in heaven. And in this we say truly; for the divine power suspended the head and root of us from that place where the generation of the soul first began, and thus made the whole body upright. When a man is always occupied with the cravings of desire and ambition, and is eagerly striving to satisfy them, all his thoughts must be mortal, and, as far as it is possible altogether to become such, he must be mortal every whit, because he has cherished his mortal part. But he who has been earnest in the love of knowledge and of true wisdom, and has exercised his intellect more than any other part of him, must have thoughts immortal and divine, if he attain truth, and in so far as human nature is capable of sharing in immortality, he must altogether be immortal; and since he is ever cherishing the divine power, and has the divinity within him in perfect order, he will be perfectly happy. Now there is only one way of taking care of things, and this is to give to each the food and motion which are natural to it. And the motions which are naturally akin to the divine principle within us are the thoughts and revolutions of the universe. These each man should follow, and correct the courses of the head which were corrupted at our birth, and by learning the harmonies and revolutions of the universe, should assimilate the thinking being to the thought, renewing his original nature, and having assimilated them should attain to that perfect life which the gods have set before mankind, both for the present and the future."

Plato from Timaeus, 90a-d, translated by B. Jowett

The point is, there can only be one Socrates in the world at any one given time, thusly, there can be only one Plato in the world at this time as well.:)

Phil:Anyway, please tell you better half how much I enjoy the photos. I would have called her by name, yet can’t for I don’t know it.

I think you got it correct when you said, "my better half.":) and yes, I'll tell her. Thanks for taking the time.

Plato said...

....and if your short of time look here at the collage.

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Plato,

Please tell your better half that those close ups of the flowers turned my thoughts to spring and its promise of renewal (and golf) :-). I only wish I could have seen each in more detail for I know it was once there. Also thanks for the good words of Plato whom I have always agreed with as to what truly can be the human potential.

Best,

Phil

Plato said...

Hi Phil:

Please tell your better half that those close ups of the flowers turned my thoughts to spring and its promise of renewal (and golf) :-)

As you might know, my son and I constructed our new house last year and moved into it in November, just before the first snow fall.

Unfortunately along with this proposition comes the landscaping, and this will take sometime. So we will have to look at the odd hanging basket and flower pots she intends to plant around and wait.

While that process is going on, Clifford of Asymptotia has some lovely posts on flowers like the one called "Still Magnolia" and related links from that post.

While I do not wish for the fires that were burning already in LA region, seeing the early signs of spring there make me just as envious.

We were going over the identification of the many birds that are visiting and trying match up the names and characteristics with the markings of the different sparrows.

With these the birds, I will start to include some of her flowers as well, but in the mean time, have a look at Clifford's post and related links. Maybe a deeper thought and introspective view will be realized there as well?:)

A new post is forming in that respect.