Saturday, February 11, 2017

Storydello: Phyllis's Fight

A controversy erupted at Queen's University in 1961, twenty-six years after the death of Archibald Patterson Knight.

As a scientist, Professor Emeritus, and former member of the university's Board of Trustees, AP might have been in favour of the plan for a new physics building on the Queen's University campus. But the Board had chosen a site that would destroy the last large green space on campus. Students and faculty protested, demonstrations were held, and the Board was forced to change its decision.


An alternative site was chosen on Queen's Crescent, where most of the property owners had agreed to sell. Just one person held out. It was Archie and Cordelia's daughter, Phyllis Knight, who had lived at 52 Queen's Crescent for nearly 70 years.

Posted 3 days ago on Storydello.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Alphadello: Z is for Zone-Tailed Hawk


While we were walking down the bed of the stream we were delighted to see a zone-tailed hawk fly from the leafy top of a tall cottonwood...The hawk began screaming and was soon joined by its mate; both birds circled about in the vicinity as long as we were there.

The text is from "Zone-Tailed Hawk," Life Histories of North American Birds of Prey, by Arthur Cleveland Bent (1887). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

Bonus:  check out this beautiful Picture Alphabet of Birds published by Thomas Nelson Company in 1874. Some of their choices were similar to mine, and some different!

Posted yesterday in "ABC of Birds" on Alphadello.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alphadello: Y is for Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

...a rapid drumming on a tree behind me made me turn in that direction to discover a big, red-headed woodpecker. On going nearer it proved to be a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker busy on a thrifty tree extracting sap.

The text is from an untitled article by Nellie H. Hunt, The Wilson Bulletin (1902). Click here to read the article online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

Posted yesterday in the ABC of Birds on Alphadello.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Alphadello: X is for Xenops


A very extraordinary and not inelegant little creature, having a bill totally different from any other bird...Inhabits Brazil, but is rare.

The text is from the book Zoological Illustrations : Or Original Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, or Interesting Animals, by William Swainson (1821). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

Posted yesterday in the ABC of Birds on Alphadello.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Alphadello: W is for Waxwing

During the hard snow storm of Feb. 10, 1899, a flock of about 50 Cedar Waxwings were seen in a mountain ash tree, feeding on the berries.

The text is from "The Bohemian Waxwing in Onondaga County, N.Y.," by A.W. Perrior (1900). Click here to read the article online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

Posted yesterday in ABC of Birds on Alphadello.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Alphadello: V is for Vulture

A pet vulture is, I think somewhat off the beaten track of aviculture. The normal appearance of the animal is not attractive; his habits are distinctly repellent...[but] his quiet unobtrusiveness developed in me an affection which I did not think I should have ever possessed for him.

Source: "My Pet Vulture," by G.E. Low (1917). Click here to read the article online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

Posted two days ago in the ABC of Birds, on Alphadello.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Alphadello: U is for Umbrella Bird

The decorations of the Umbrella-bird are as beautiful as they are bizarre...a high, arching mass of feathers, overshadowing the entire head and beak, continually spreading and partly closing again, as the bird's emotions change.

The Bird, Its Form and Function, by C. William Beebe (1906). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

Posted in 2 days ago in my ABC of Birds on Alphadello.