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Circus of the Spineless 48: Cabinet of Curiosity

Welcome to the 48th edition of Circus of the Spineless, a blog carnival dedicated to insects, arachnids, molluscs, crustaceans, worms and most anything else that wiggles, crawls or flutters! As the Circus nears the half-century mark, I feel privileged to be hosting for the first time. As always, I’ve learned a lot from this month’s excellent submissions, and I hope you will too. I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing compares to invertebrates when it comes to stimulating curiosity and interest in the natural world. So without further ado, here are the posts, each introduced by a quote or image that I dusted off from the cabinet of scientific curiosity. Enjoy! […]


I and the Bird #113

Welcome to the 113th Edition of I and the Bird!  I hope you enjoy your visit.

For this edition of I and the Bird, I decided to see what quotations from verse and literature would be invoked by the various submissions that I received.

In the spirit of several earlier IATB efforts that made […]


Southern Spiders #1

The Lined Orbweaver is a common spider that is widespread throughout the eastern United States. In the southeast, it is especially abundant in grassy pond pine (Pinus serotina) savannas like the one shown below. […]


Spoonbill Mania

The rash of unexpected Roseate Spoonbill sightings this summer has been a treat for birders up and down the east coast.  While northward movement of juveniles during post-breeding dispersal is known for the species, the numbers of birds involved and the extent of the northward movement this season is impressive.

According to the Birds […]


Merganser Moms

The first really fun observation I would like to share is the experience of watching female Common Mergansers shepherding their large broods of chicks while the youngsters learned to fish. […]


A Helpful House Sparrow

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is one of those critters that birders love to hate.  The species makes a habit of usurping the nest sites of native species, especially bluebirds, and is therefore reviled by many a birder.

Initially released on this continent in the early 1850s in New York City and parts of […]