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Spoiler alert: in case you are wondering who won this encounter, it wasn't the mayfly. Tropical Kingbird and prey above the historic Palo Alto Battlefield northeast of Brownsville, Texas.

Tags:   Tropical Kingbird bird flight BIF feeding insect mayfly nature wildlife Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park Cameron County Texas gseloff

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Echium plantagineum, commonly known as purple viper's-bugloss or Paterson's curse, is a species of Echium native to western and southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia.

Note: It has also been introduced to Australia, South Africa and United States, where it is an invasive weed. Due to a high concentration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, it is poisonous to grazing livestock, especially those with simple digestive systems, like horses.

There's no explanation for the name, "Paterson's Curse," but something tells me that Paterson was either a rancher or a drinker.

At a quarter-inch, this was a ough flower to capture, but too pretty to pass up. However, using a technique for a black background helps bring out the color of the flowers, and it also obscures the ranginess of this plant. Grows to two feet tall which at least makes it easy to spot and remove. I very quickly found a patch of these on Mt. Diablo in one of my last hikes on the mountain. I didn't know they were poisonous, but I wasn't going to put any in a salad anyway.

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I just want to share this survivor with you. You don't have to look very close to see his wing is badly damaged. My friend and I first noticed him all alone after all the other shovelers had gone north, in the Spring of 2019. He's a permanent resident now, a survivor, and I'm always torn with compassion and joy when I see him - I'm happy he's still chugging along, but sad he's all alone. I was thinking he'd be happy now with all the migrant shovelers in town, and he has come to the area where they hang out, but he stays a bit aloof, a loner so to speak. Now that I recently witnessed the high-octane male behavior, it's pretty likely he doesn't want to get involved. But he's really handsome, on the other side you'd never know about his handicap. It's not too hard to single him out, as he doesn't head for the far side of the lake at first sight of a human. He's a survivor, he's adapted to what life dealt him. I can't imagine how his wing was so injured - it's possible he escaped a coyote, I have no idea. But he always makes me smile now, coming up on his third spring with us.

Tags:   Anas clypeata Northern Shoveler Prado Regional Park Shoveler bird duck male wetlands wildlife

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In spite of the gray skies, it was a pleasant 62 degrees F (~17 C), so I took a 5 mile walk. Didn't get rained on. I'm listening to Dr. Fiona Hill's fascinating memoir "Nothing For You Here". She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the U.S. National Security Council from 2017 to 2019 and spoke so eloquently and forthrightly at Trump's first impeachment trial. She has plenty to say about him !

My 365-2022: #16 of 365

Tags:   2022-01-16-IMG_9784 mackerel sky clouds cloudy Redwood City January winter overcast 365: the 2022 edition 365:2022 Day 16/365 16-Jan-22 trees green

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Tags:   January 2022 Portsmouth NH State Commercial Fishing Pier


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