roombavoomba  asked:

What is the deal with seagulls, have they always been opportunistic around humans? I live about 15 miles inland and seagulls would always show up at our schools around lunchtime and could get pretty aggressive over the trash and dropped fries for instance. Crows and finches do the same thing, but the seagulls seem like something is wrong with their natural environment that worries me. That or they just know humans have food

Seagulls are a really great example of what happens when you have a combination of habituation and the ability to adapt well to an urban environment. They’re naturally scavengers with good memories and the ability to fly long distances in search of food - now add in human encroachment on their coastal habitat, human habitations that mimic their nesting sites (sheer edges and flatish roofs) lack of natural predators in cities, and the picnics that come with our beach days and you’ve got a great recipe for a species realizing that it’s way more effective to chill out and utilize humans as a source of food. We’re so many generations into that pattern that they’ve learned how to scout for food-rich areas and time their visits. So it’s not really that there’s something wrong with their natural environment, more that they’ve really adapted to cohabitation with us as their new “natural” state in urban areas. 

(…thinking about it, this is actually probably the closest example I’ve seen to how people think proto-wolves might have started the evolutionary journey into becoming dogs. Hanging out around human settlements for the food, slowly adapting across generations for lower flight distance, and eventually learning to utilize us as a resource…)

dumb newsboys doing dumb newsboy things

It was 2:30 in the morning, and Spot’s eyes were barely open. Race was sitting down with Finch and Albert and a shitty deck of cards on the floor, cigar in his mouth and cursing like a sailor. The three of them were not only awake, but were loudly roughhousing and fighting over who won what round. 

“Race, please, just come to bed. It’s been three hours.” Spot yawned, rubbing his eyes in the vain hope that it would keep him awake. 

“Spot,” Race said, not glancing up from his cards. “I got a winnin’ streak here, ain’t nobody gonna pull me away.”

“Oh?” Spot asked, raising an eyebrow. “Sounds like a challenge.”

“Don’t even think about it, Conlon.” Race said, throwing his cards on the table and whooping at his win while Albert and Finch yelled in anger.

Spot rolled his eyes and swung his legs over the bunk, clinging onto the last bits of consciousness as he crossed the floor of the lodging house. Race’s arms were wide out on either side of him as he celebrated his win, and Spot took that opportunity to plunk himself right into Race’s lap.

“Conlon, what are ya doin’?” Race asked, dropping his hands in surprise.

“I wanted to cuddle,” Spot responded, shifting slightly and tucking his head in the crook of Race’s arm. “And you wouldn’t get up.”

“Hey, no fair, you don’t get help!” Albert complained.

“Albert, ya dummy, he’s gonna win whether Spot’s there or not.” Finch shook his head.

When Race was looking at his newest hand, Spot shifted very slightly, almost invisibly, closer to Race’s ear. Race leaned forward to exchange a card, and Spot lifted his head and whispered something in Race’s ear that made him turn bright red and drop his cards. 

“Damn, Higgins, that’s the worst hand you’ve played in weeks!” Finch exclaimed. 

“Sucks he hasn’t had the time to get cocky yet, otherwise you’d have won a lot more back.” Albert said.

“Albert, he’s always cocky.” Finch rolled his eyes.

"I didn’t put my hand down! Spot made me drop my cards!” Race frowned.

“The point is your cards are on the table and ya lost, ya dummy.” Finch said, scooping coins into his palm. 

“Spot, I can’t believe this.” Race said, looking down at the boy in his lap in disbelief. Spot just shrugged and snuggled closer to Race, who wrapped an arm around him and tapped the table so Albert would deal him a new hand. 

Three rounds later, once Race had won back what he’d lost and more, Spot surged up and kissed Race, carding his hands in Race’s hair and holding his face close to his own. Race quickly forgot the cards in his hand and kissed Spot back. Race dropped his cards on the table and tugged Spot as close as he could by the hips. 

“Hey. Hey. Higgins. Quit kissin’ on Conlon, ya lost again.” Albert grinned. He and Finch high-fived and Albert scooped money into his hand, laughing at the look on Race’s face when Spot pulled away.

The third time Spot made Race lose, he started to catch on. When Spot moved to whisper into Race’s ear again, Race just threw his hand on the table and picked Spot up. 

“Race- Racetrack what are you doing?” Spot asked, clinging to Race’s shoulders as Race carried him across the room.

“We’re going to bed. You’re not gonna let me gamble in peace.” Race said, shaking his head. 

Spot could hear Albert and Finch teasing them and crowing over their new fortune on the floor, but he was mostly concerned with how gently Race was laying him on the bunk. Spot burrowed into Race and Race curled himself around Spot, wrapping a blanket over the both of them and pressing a kiss to the top of Spot’s head.

“G’night.” Spot murmured drowsily.

“Night.” Race responded, tucking his chin on Spot’s head and holding him closer as Spot drifted to sleep. 

Due to popular demand off-line I’ve decided to offer birdy stickers to all my birdy friends! All funds raised go into my emergency vet visit funds.  Please help me spread the word.

*Don’t want a bird?  I can do custom chibi animals or characters as well.

Existing designs are all under the cut.

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For reference, if anyone needs reference on skulls, I have a bunch.

- Domestic cat
- Roe deer (female)
- 2x red fox (one missing some teeth and lower jaw, but has tooth pathology. The other one’s intact)
- Raccoon dog/tanuki (male)
- 2x rat (one juvenile, one adult)
- Hooded crow
- Strawberry finch
- Muskrat
- Beech marten
- 2x skunks (both with jaws glued shut and in necklaces)
- 2x mink

Also a fully articulated hooded crow skeleton, some bird feet (corvid, chicken), half of a lower jaw of a beaver, couple of ram horns that aren’t actually a pair, also an impressive set of reindeer antlers but I can’t take those down for multiple views, and some miscellaneous bits and pieces.

Les Mis Fandom Calendar Update

Les Mis Fandom Calendar

It’s that time, again!  It’s a busy few weeks coming up on the calendar, so I thought I’d share…

October 2017:
15-21: Logic and Philosophy (Enjolras/Combeferre) Week ( @logic-and-philosophy mod: @oilan ) – tag: #logic and philosophy week
22-28: Feuilly Appreciation Week (now with opt-in bingo card!) ( @feuillyweek; mod: @eirenical) – tags: #feuilly week
Oct 29-Nov 4: Jehanparnasse Week (mod: @finch-and-crow) – tags: #jehanparnasse week

November 2017:
Oct 29-Nov 4: Jehanparnasse Week (mod: finch-and-crow) – tags: #jehanparnasse week

As usual, if I’ve missed anyone or any information in a listed week, please let me know!

floweryfandomnerd  asked:

Hey Tess, how are you? Dropping in with an animal ask, what are your top three birds and top three facts about each? Also, if you could fly off with those birds, would you? I'd love having pretty wings to go where ever I want, it'd be fun!

Hi Bethany! I’m doing okay, been sick since Tuesday but I’m hanging in there! (And downing lots of vitamin c) I hope you’re staying warm if it’s cold where you live. 🤗

Stars, this is such a difficult ask. 😭How can you ask me to rank birds and only pick three??? Ahhh, I’ll do my best. 😬

1. Great Horned Owl
1) Their talons can exert anywhere from 300 to 3,000 psi (Hippos bite force is 1,800 psi, American alligators is 2,125 psi) 2) Basically everything is their prey, and they’re called the “tiger of the sky”. Even other raptors like the osprey, hawks and other owls. They’ve even been known to kill and eat porcupines, and regularly eat skunks. (Making them one of the few species that does)
3) The males have a deeper voice than the females, and they sing “duets” together

2. Crow
1) They recognise faces, and will pass on information about certain humans to other crows (read me!)
2) Crows have caused a ton of blackouts in Japan. They love nesting on the electric transformers and will use wire hangers and fiberoptic cables as nesting materials. Between 2006 and 2008, they stole almost 1400 fiberoptic cables from Tokyo power providers. Fortunately well placed nest boxes has helped with this, but they’re still responsible for about 100 power outages a year.
3) They can read traffic lights. They’ll wait for the light to turn red and then fly down and place something hard (like a walnut) in the road. As soon as it turns green they fly up and wait for it to get run over and then wait for the light to turn red again to retrieve it.

3. Australian Zebra Finch
1) Zebra finches can breed from 70-80 days old, which makes them the fastest maturing bird in the world!
2) They learn to sing from their dad and each finch’s song is a little different. If you got two birds from two different parent pairs they would have a different song, sometimes even completely different!
3) They seem to have “grammar” in their songs! “To determine this, scientists played new songs to the finches they were studying. Finches react to any new songs they hear until they are used to them, so scientists played the new songs until the birds no longer reacted. Then the scientists mixed the songs up, changing the syllables around before replaying them to the finches. One particular sequence made the finches react, and scientists were able to determine that the finches seemed to have structure to the “words” in their song (i.e., grammar).”

As to whether I’d like wings, not really! It requires so much energy to fly I feel like it’s more bothersome. 😂You have to eat all the time to keep it up, plus I don’t have hollow bones and other things I need besides wings to fly. But I do admit their wings are beautiful and they sure do make it seem like a lot of fun. 💛

Thanks for stopping by and the for the ask! As hard as it was to pick everything, it was also a lot of fun. I love talking about animals. 😊I hope you have an absolutely lovely rest of the day, take care!! 💜💜💜💜🦉

Trespassed Property

Closed with @girlinblxe (Monster AU)

Treacherous, disrespectful. Had the birds the voice to do so, they’d shout obscenities as the lone figure crept in through the gates. Who did she think she was, entering the grounds like this? 

Certainly she hadn’t been invited!

The finches and crows watched from their perch, rows and rows of them dotting the grey sky along sleeping electric lines. Beady eyes followed, from one beaked face to another, their heads turned. Their chirps were whispers, like gossip, shared among the masses of ever-observant flocks.

When the weakened pane of an antique window was pushed open, they erupted in a choir of protest. Trespasser, Trespasser! The mayhem of the congregation was more than enough to stir the home owner himself, eyes peaking open in the darkness… He would have preferred the doorbell, but he supposed that would have to do. 

Had he called for someone? What unusual hours, the sun still up, albeit masked by thick sheets of clouds. Certainly no friend of his would disturb him at this hour, however… Judging by the scent that filled his home, it wasn’t a friend at all. 

A human.

How unfortunate.

Les Mis Fandom Calendar Update

Les Mis Fandom Calendar

It’s that time, again!  It’s a busy few weeks coming up on the calendar, so I thought I’d share…

October 2017:
15-21: Logic and Philosophy (Enjolras/Combeferre) Week ( @logic-and-philosophy; mod: @oilan) – tag: #logic and philosophy week
22-28: Feuilly Appreciation Week (now with opt-in bingo card!) ( @feuillyweek; mod: @eirenical) – tags: #feuilly week
Oct 29-Nov 4: Jehanparnasse Week (mod: @finch-and-crow) – tags: #jehanparnasse week

November 2017:
Oct 29-Nov 4: Jehanparnasse Week (mod: finch-and-crow) – tags: #jehanparnasse week
12-18: Triumverate Week ( @the-triumvirate-week; mod: @foreverkeeperoftheuniverse) – tags: #triumverateweek or #triumverateweek2017

As usual, if I’ve missed anyone or any information in a listed week, please let me know!