I was walking on the bike trail and this fucko tried for the SECOND TIME to lure me into his vehicle. The last time was a few months ago. This guy preys on girls on this bike trail, idling in this barren parking lot until someone walks by. Then he rolls up to you, rolls down his window, and said something I couldn’t hear but it was “something something baby”. 

I ran away last time and he sped off. This time, I kept walking until I was behind this fence, and he drove back to his parking space. I stopped behind the fence and stared at him, then he rolled up to me again and said something else I couldn’t hear. As soon as I raised my phone to take a photo, he cranked up his window and sped out of the lot really fast.

I might have fucked up, because now he might find a new spot. I’m going to arm myself to the teeth and keep walking this path, until I can get a picture of his license plate number. He was a latino or middle eastern guy with a short black beard and a black hat, maybe in his 30’s or 40’s. It was hard to see from a distance.

If you live in or near Olympia, WA watch out for this vehicle.

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Hummingbird Predators

All wildlife faces hazards to survival, including weather, humans, pesticides, and so on. For tiny hummingbirds, however, predators are a significant source of risk.

Cats, both domestic and feral, are probably the most common predators of non-nested hummingbirds. Reports to the Society come in regularly, for example, of people whose cats carry a hummingbird in their mouth–sometimes dead, sometimes not. Reports of tailless hummingbirds are less likely to indicate a hummingbird in molt than one that narrowly escaped being caught by a cat. In the case of one species, the Critically Endangered Juan Fernandez Firecrown (Chile), cats are actually an important reason for the bird’s being close to extinction.

To reduce the risks from cats, feeders should be hung high: at least five feet (1.2 m.) above ground, and preferably positioned so that a stalking cat will be quite visible. If you have a cat and love hummingbirds–or any other birds–keep the cat inside!

Other birds, such as hawks, have been documented catching hummingbirds. Considering the differences in size, one wonders just how much nourishment a tiny hummingbird (typically only 3-4 grams, or 0.1 ounce) can provide to a large bird, but it happens nonetheless. In contrast to this, many people have observed hummingbirds pursuing or confronting a hawk, most probably in defense of a nest. This fearless behavior against overwhelming odds is but one of the reasons that hummingbirds evoke our admiration.

In the nest, eggs and chicks represent an easy target for a variety of predators:  other birds, such as blue jays and crows in the U.S., and snakes, particularly in the tropics.

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“Fight or Flight” (July 2015, charcoal on paper)

It was super fun and freeing drawing these birds! I must say I enjoyed drawing them the most out of all my animals from my show “Creatures from Dust” at Queen Elizabeth Theatre! I forgot how much I love gestural drawings!

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