8-Year-Old Girl Receives Gifts From The Crows She’s Been Feeding Since She Was 4

Every once in a while, Gabi Mann, an 8-year-old girl who lives in Seattle, gets a small, special gift delivered to her home. She saves every one she can because they’re from a very special group of friends – the local crow population, which brings her shiny trinkets as gifts in thanks for feeding them since she was 4.
These ‘gifts’ consist of buttons, LEGO pieces, scraps of metal, and even a heart-shaped bead. Once, Gabi even got a piece of metal with the word “best” on it. They might not seem like much, but they are Gabi’s most valuable collection. They even returned a camera lens cap that Gabi’s mom Lisa had lost!

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Festive Coquette - Lophornis chalybeus

Lophornis chalybeus (Apodiformes - Trochilidae) is a South American species of hummingbird commonly referred to as Festive Coquette. Males of this species boast elegant, green cheek tufts which are tipped with white. Both sexes display a white rump band as do many others in the genus, but Festive Coquettes lack the rufous on the head.

This species occurs in Brazil and Uruguay, and is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

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Photo credit: ©Almir Cândido de Almeida | Locality: Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil (2010) | [Top] - [Bottom]


“WWT supplies a grain mix for duck feeding at its wetland centres, and recommends that people use similar specialist water bird food, available from pet stores and garden centres and feed only in moderation,” says Simpson.

So that’s the ideal. But if you’re looking for something you might already have in your kitchen cupboards that’s better than white bread?

“Birds need food that give them energy,” says Butlin. “Brown bread is marginally better than white bread, as it does contain a bit more nutrition,” but it’s still not great.

“Far better would be things like porridge oats, grated cheese, cake or biscuit crumbs, cooked potatoes, cooked rice, breakfast cereals or frozen vegetables for example.”

According to a leaflet produced by the Royal Parks Press Office, swans “really like” lettuce. They also suggest cooked brown rice, lentils, pearl barley or split peas.


Origami + Magnets = Super Awesome Dancing Origami

Japanese designer and maker Ugoita T. folded a quintet of golden origami cranes and created a sleek and very clever electromagnetic state upon which he makes them dance to an energetic techno beat. It’s Dancing Paper! Nothing chases the blues away like synchronized paper birds.

Head over to Hack A Day to learn how this delightful device was made.

[via Hack A Day and Colossal]


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