preserved bird


Ovenbird in the Open by Ray Hennessy
Via Flickr:


I was exploring a new (to me) preserve in my area when I stumbled upon the tail end of a bird banding event.  

From top:

Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) before weighing

Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) after banding

White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia Albicollis) being released 

Oct. 19. 2017

Rushton Woods Preserve, Malvern, PA


Breaking news! I checked one of my biggest wish wrom wish list!

That’s a female rin.gnecked phe.asant which I found by the side of the road today. She was SO FRESH, so much warmer than my hands was! Look at the eye. Just like it was alive (that is the part that is actually disturbing to me…). I have had many ani.mals in my hands but this lady is the most gorgeus from all of them (sorry!).

I’m so nervous, this is the biggest bird I’m preserving whole, I’m so afraid that there’s too less salt or something…

anonymous asked:

i'm feeling quiet down at the moment due to friendships dying and so, so could you tell me something happy or nice so i can take my mind off it for a bit?? xx

Of course! 

  • In Japan, there is an island called Okunoshima filled with tame bunnies.
  • Ducks shake their tails when they are happy.
  • In Liechtenstein’s last military engagement, none of the 80 soldiers sent were injured, and in fact returned with an Austrian officer friend.
  • A baby puffin is called a puffling.
  • Norway once knighted a brave little penguin because he was “in every way qualified to receive the honor and dignity of knighthood”.
  • The national animal of Scotland is an unicorn.
  • During 1914 Christmas, WW1 British and German forces had an unofficial ceasefire where soldiers from both sides walked out into ‘no man’s land’ to sit around christmas trees, sing carols, exchange stories and gifts.
  • There are more public libraries in the USA than McDonalds in the whole world, approximately with a ratio of 4:1.
  • Blind people smile, even if they haven’t seen a smile before.
  • JM Barrie donated all copywriter royalties of Peter Pan to a children’s hospital (GOSH) to fund healthcare and research for sick children.
  • Otters hold hands while sleeping so they don’t float away from each other.
  • Humans and animals that trust each other secrete oxytocin in each other’s presences, much like how a mother and child would do so, or any other two people that love each other deeply.
  • An island covered in landmines is used as a penguin wildlife preserve, because the birds are too small to set off the mines, and has a 100% success rate in keeping poachers out.
  • Somewhere in the world, someone is having the best day of their life…

masterofgoats  asked:

Hey buddy!!! I'm not sure if you remember me-I was the person who was star struck when I found out you followed me! So, I need cream filling advice. I'm making strawberry shortcake for Easter, and I'm debating between: French buttercream, Swiss buttercream, or creme patisserie for the filling! Any advice?


Depends on how fancy you wanna be on your shortcake. 

Personally I think the pastry cream is the tastiest (Vanilla Valhalla), but Swiss buttercream is probably the easiest to work with, as far as piping on things goes. It’s lighter and acts more like frosting, while French buttercream tends to… melt all over things. 

The ‘creme patisserie’ and French buttercream are good as fillers, or a spread, but not great for delicate piping, since they don’t hold their shape at room temperature.


If you want a farm version of the Strawberry Shortcake, my family always made Strawberry (Biscuit) Shortcake. 

1) Make yeasty buttery fluffy biscuits

2) While those are baking, mix finely chopped strawberries (or any fruit, tbh) with some sugar. Let stand for at least 10 mins. 

3) Pastry Cream (extra vanillaaaaaa) 

4) Slap that shit together in a bowl. Steamy hot biscuits, rich cream, and sweet strawberries that slowly warm up and develop a richer flavor as the temperature changes. The added sugar makes a fruit syrup that soaks into the bread~ 

Ahhhhh, sweet summer memories~ Almost as good as that time I found a whole, undamaged bird skeleton preserved in the barn rafters.