bubo virginianus

let’s talk about all the ways bokuto koutarou is intelligent:

  • he’s insightful when it comes to his personal intentions and approach to the sport he loves. this insight takes many people decades to develop. 
  • he shared this insight in a way that an incredibly intellectual person, i.e. someone profoundly different than him and far removed from his experiences, could easily comprehend.
  • he understands how to motivate himself, even if it’s bragging. in fact, he does it so well he motivates everyone around him.
  • the amount of innate comprehension he has of trajectory, speed, and angles to make the sorts of clever, complicated spikes he makes must be quite large. he is the most creative spiker we’ve seen so far. everything interesting tanaka and hinata do are more or less emulating or mixing up his moves. even if he forgets how to do them sometimes, they are still amazing.
  • he understands the psychological significance of what might seem like very simple concepts. he builds on that energy in order to win. 
  • his behaviors are almost completely intuitive, but intuition is simply intelligence applied to the living world. 

let’s talk about the ways bokuto koutarou is a sweetheart:

  • he spent time he could have been using to refine his own skills to practice with players of a much lower caliber. 
  • he trusts that people say what they mean. he believes their praise without question. of course he comes across as simple. he’s trusting, which is lovely and sweet. 
  • he’s curious, and says things without thinking, which makes him sound like an idiot, but what exactly is idiotic about asking questions?
  • he took a tiny scraggly boy who doesn’t even live in tokyo on as his number one protege 
  • somehow he has managed to make akaashi keiji of all people not only practice with him way after hours, but eat lunch together during school. that alone must mean he is one of the more remarkable haikyuu characters

let’s talk about the ways bokuto koutarou is vulnerable

  • he struggles remembering kanji, so he’s probably not very advanced when it comes to reading or writing
  • at the very least, he is inconsistent with his academic performance. it is possible he just completely struggles academically.
  • he struggles to regulate his emotions. no one experiences that on purpose. trust me i should know. 
  • deep down he’s probably scared all the time that if he’s not good enough, his team won’t want him around anymore because he’s such a hassle.
  • so of course he’s desperate for their affirmation so he knows he can stay
  • similarly, he constantly has to declare that he’s great to remind himself that everything’s alright.
  • he relies on akaashi and his team to pick him up when he’s down, which is a level of vulnerability that has to be terrifying. it’s not surprising that he pretends it’s never happened. 

so what i am saying here is bokuto koutarou is the best and if you don’t love him i am coming for both you and your family. 


Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianusby romain

It’s…BEAUTIFUL. And they even used my favorite word, PLUMICORNS! 😁

I’m so excited for this program, although I don’t know when I’ll be able to see it because it looks like it’ll only be available in Canada for awhile. I mean, I know there are ways to get around that, but in any case, aaaahhh I’m super excited for this. More owl documentaries please!!


There is a grove of mature cottonwood trees on the grounds of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, near the garden’s boundary with the Crosscut Canal. I usually can find the great horned owl in the top photo snoozing here during my walks, though he blends in remarkably well with the tangle of branches, and is sometimes difficult to spot. I was delighted yesterday to discover that the regular bird has been joined by a friend. 

The differences in color tone in these two birds are not indicative of their sex, so I’m not sure who’s who. Female G.H.O.s are marginally larger than males, though I can’t detect any difference. And yes, the pun was intentional. 

Great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) in Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii), at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona. 


Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is one of the most common owls in the Americas. They are highly adaptable hunters that are able to thrive in environments ranging from arctic tundra to harsh desert and are only absent in the Amazon rain-forest and southern part of South America. Great Horned Owls are one of the few predators that regularly feed on skunks and were described by early naturalists as “Tigers of the Sky”.


This is Basket Owl (a baby great horned owl). Its mother, who is perhaps a first time mother, selected an old, very small (for an owl) crow nest at the top of a tree. Not surprising to the people watching her constantly pulling her baby back under herself as it bulged over the edges of the nest, the baby fell out when very young. Thankfully, some kind humans noticed and instead of absconding with the baby, they grabbed a new nest (a deep basket) and secured it part way up the nest tree, then placed the baby in the basket. Thankfully, mom realized this was a much better nest and resumed sitting on her baby in their new home. This is Basket Owl yesterday, several weeks after its rescue, doing well and in the “brancher” phase (i.e. not quite fledging, but moving around in the tree a bit). It’s such a cute puff and a testament to people trying to keep the baby with its parents instead of just kidnapping it with good intentions.

Please, if you encounter baby birds this season, do your best to place them back in the nest or up in a bush or tree, off the ground.  Don’t immediately take the baby and accidentally kidnap it.  If the nest seems to have broken, find a cardboard box or a small basket, place the baby inside, and secure it up in the nest tree, off the ground (the parents are very likely going to find it).  If you feel the bird may be legitimately injured, call a bird expert or rehabber BEFORE taking the baby away from its parents.

Enjoy  watching all the cute baby birds this season!


P2016_4301582_1_Owl_1 by Dale Carlson
Via Flickr:
30 APR 2016 Great Horned Owl (captive) in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


Great-horned Owl - 美洲雕鸮 by Yan Li
Via Flickr:
Calgary, AB 0327