swans and geese

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, May 28, 1908

Wikipedia says that:

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.

Twelve Days of Christmas Aesthetic

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

Konstantín Alexeyevich Vasilyev (Константи́н Алексе́евич Васи́льев; 1942-1976), Illustration for Russian folk tale ‘The Magic Swan Geese’ (Гуси-лебеди)

alphabet meme

tagged by @bishopped

Rules: Copy this post into a new text post, remove my answers, and put in yours. When you’re done, tag 10 people plus the person who tagged you. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

A- Age: 23

B- Biggest fear: probably failure. also swans and geese. getting over my fear of rejection, though!

C- Current time: 8:24am

D- Drink you last had: water

E- Every day starts with: doing my 7-minute workout and taking a shower

F- Favourite song: Kill V Maimmmmm. and Heaven Is A Place On Earth because Black Mirror made it have antidepressant properties honestly

G- Ghosts, are they real: they’re probably real but like, not as powerful as ppl think they are

J- Jealous of: people who have money to travel

K- Killed someone: why is this question here omfg

L- Last time you cried: therapy!

M- Middle name(s): don’t have one, but i have two last names because latino and ppl in the US always think my paternal last name is my middle name. i should write it with a hyphen

N- Number of siblings: an older brother and a younger sister

O- One wish: a job that makes me feel useful and has something to do with what i studied and lets me make enough money to travel

P- Person you last called/texted: my sister who’s in montréal

Q- Questions you’re always asked: “what are you thinking?” im dissociating, brenda

R- Reasons to smile: I’m tabling at a festival! the power rangers movie comes out next week!

S- Song last sung: probably “Blow”

T- Time you woke up: 8:20

U- Underwear colour: bright teal

V- Vacation destination: I really wanna see Vancouver and Japan, and I wanna birdwatch in South America

W- Worst habit: picking my nose but my allergies make it so itchy

X- X-rays you’ve had: teeth, and i once had one for my head when i was little but i don’t remember why

Y- Your favourite food: hamburgers ): but now i’m trying to lean more vegetarian so……bibimbap??

Z- Zodiac sign: libra! i’m indecisive!! i overthink everything!!!

tagging: everyooone


in your dreams all swans are geese
.ysidro xylander 2016.


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

General Magical Birds - blackbirds, crows/ravens, magpies, mockingbirds, chickens/roosters, eagles, hawks, vultures, albatrosses

Healing - doves, cranes, vultures

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

Protection - swans, cassowaries, eagles, owls; again, highly territorial birds

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