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Raptor Week I

Cooper’s Hawk. Accipiter cooperii. William C. Cooper’s hawk. The species was named in his honor by Charles Lucien Bonaparte. Cooper was a conchologist and founder of what became the New York Academy of Sciences. 84 more words



Today will be another placeholder. I don’t know why I need to mention this. These things can be very short and vague if they need to be.  351 more words


A Week of Raptors

How about some raptors? Let’s start with this mosaic in the 81st St. subway station, one of a large series illustrating some of the breadth of the American Museum of Natural History. 126 more words



The calyx of the American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is this beautiful cross shape. A few stay on the tree as the fruits come down, but most fall with the fruit. 54 more words


Wigeon And All

An American Wigeon (Anas americana) and American Black Duck (Anas rubripes).

The other day a commentor here bemoaned the intrusion of ideas… 262 more words



Another detail from Audubon’s BoA. I’ve read that JJA had help with the plants in some of his paintings. But what about insects like this one? 27 more words


Raptor Wednesday

A Cooper’s Hawk on a winter’s day. Here’s Audubon’s rendition. Normally, I find JJ’s birds on the strangely attenuated side, longer and skinnier than they are, probably a result in his pinning up their dead bodies to illustrate them. 58 more words