Loch Eye in Ross-shire. Frozen in part but still beautiful. Loch Eye is an important roost and staging roost for thousands do migratory waterfowl as it lies within a productive arable peninsula that provides secure rest, food and shelter for the geese, swans and ducks that use it.
The zoo initially held 51 deer and antelope, 11 buffaloes, a sacred cow, a sandhill crane, 20 prairie dogs, a dromedary camel, eagles, ducks, elk, foxes, geese, swans, rabbits, a raccoon, a China sheep, opossums, a buzzard, owls, peafowl, among other animals.
By 1921 they had begun to build bear pits, a reptile house and a primate house. Big Cat Country was added in 1976.
Today the St Louis Zoo does have lions, tigers and hippos! The park commissioner would be proud.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Drummers Drumming Eleven Pipers Piping Ten Lords a Leaping Nine Ladies Dancing Eight Maids a Milking Seven Swans a Swimming Six Geese a Laying Five Golden Rings Four Calling Birds Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
I was going to make a post of my tools, but I’m not sure how much of my collection I want to show off, really. Instead, I’m going to start categorizing birds into those aforementioned archetypes. This post will be updated as needed.
I tried to use biological or ecological bases for all of these categorizations, but of course that’s not entirely feasible for some of them
Guidance - pigeons, migratory birds; of course crows for my personal use, or your own patron bird
Banishing - Australian magpies, ostriches, cassowaries, mockingbirds, gulls, eagles, owls, swans; typically birds that are considered aggressive and/or highly territorial
Binding - bowerbirds, weavers, penduline tits, barn swallows, humming birds; birds known for their elaborate nests
Love/Fertility - doves, lovebirds, peacocks, pigeons, swans, albatrosses, flamingos, geese, eagles, roosters; birds known for their monogamy or courtship rituals are good choices - highly customizable based on the particular spell or nature of relationship desired
Friendship/Cooperation - geese, sociable weavers, crows/ravens, ducks, parrots, doves; any social birds or birds that congregate in large numbers, again customizable to particular relationships
Travel - geese, albatrosses, terns, pigeons; generally migratory birds and sea birds
Wealth - bowerbirds, magpies, scrub jays, crows; any bird known for its caching or collecting behavior
Fortune/Luck - this one is far more prone to personal bias, but traditionally martins, cranes, and peacocks are considered good luck
Tranquility - doves, quail, owls; another personal one, particularly good would be any bird with a pleasant call
Cleansing - vultures, red-billed oxpeckers, wattled jacanas; other carrion birds or cleaning symbionts
Knowledge - corvids, mockingbirds (for their part in Darwinian evolutionary theory); i refuse to add owls to this list because they are actually huge dorks
Transmutation - herons (the possible inspiration for the phoenix), storks, vultures, cardinals, bluebirds, robins; other carrion eaters and birds associated with changing seasons, apex predator birds may also fit
Home and Hearth - doves, chickens/roosters, turkeys, sparrows, swallows, finches, blue jays; domesticated birds, non-migratory/resident birds, and territorial birds are all good fits