Every branch of nature-watching has its own ridiculously tough IDs. Feel free to substitute your own!
Cute. So cute.
And for the really tough cases, I’ll get out the PCR kit and the molecular genetics software…get us some bootstrap values….
Saw a two of these bouncing around on the back porch. So cute. I’m pretty sure it’s a dark-eyed Junco. Probably an Oregon Junco if we’re talking subspecies, since this is Oregon I’m livin’ in. I didn’t take the picture above, but the birds I saw looked like that one. They’re so tiny, and I love how the tail contrasts with the rest of the body because of its white feathers.
Meet Shaggy and Daphne, the most extreme goldfish in all of New Zealand
The two goldfish lived in a 26 gallon tank with four other goldfish in a reception area in downtown Christchurch, site of a devastating earthquake that struck in February. After the quake, the fishes’ home was off limits, and the fish were left alone without food or electricity to power their tank. On July 6th, after four and a half months, workers were allowed back into the building, to find the two fish alive and mostly well. Three of their counterparts are missing and presumed eaten, and the fourth fish was found dead in the tank. The fish may have survived by eating seaweed, algae, or each other, and natural bacteria may have kept the tank livable.
Reminds me of that one time when my family had about six goldfish (the rest died probably from overcrowding AND overfeeding). I had come back for spring break, and we went to Canada for the weekend. I didn’t think three (technically two) days would make a difference.
When I came back…Holy crap. It was like a freaking battle royale match had occurred in that window of time. Fatty and some other fish I never named were the only survivors. I think most of them died due to overcrowding. One of them was presumed dead and being eaten by his fellow tank mates.
It was vicious I tell you. VICIOUS.
Luckily, I learned my lesson. No more fish death matches. Bigger tanks are better. o/
Rereading the chapters with Livio in ‘em. Oh how I’ve missed you Livio. Your persistence has revived my motivation and exponentially increased my love for you higher than it already was. <3 <3 <3
I mean, getting skewered twice in the same fucking day only to keep going afterwards is pretty admirable.
Granted, that was with the aid of Razlo, one last vial of regeneration fluid and a gigantic sacrifice from Vash, but daaaaaaamn…
Story of my life.
So tired. I’ve only half accomplished my obligations, but I did have a spanking good time with friends. Not all is lost. And I suppose I ought to wake up early, so I don’t do what this kid is doing to the point that I sleep until noon. o/
I only do that on weekends…Until someone decides to drag me out of my room.