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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Storydello: Mona's Legacy

Mona's husband Herbert remarried and went on to a distinguished career as a Supreme Court Judge in Vancouver. He died in 1957 after a long illness.

We don't know much about Mona and Herbert's son Archie, who was living New Westminster, BC at the time of his father's death. We know more about their younger son, Phil.

During the Second World War, Phil flew 39 missions over France and Germany and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he returned to Vancouver and became a broadcaster and sports writer there. He also became a world-class bridge player. He died in 2012, leaving a wife, two daughters and a son, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.

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This concludes the story about Mona and her family. Coming up--our final chapter--about Archie and Corrie's youngest child, Phyllis. She outlived the rest of the family by nearly two decades and saved their photos, letters and documents for posterity. Without Phyllis, this Storydello series would not exist!
Posted yesterday on Storydello.

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Image
: Photo of Mona Natalie Knight, circa 1925, courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Clark, Cobourg, Ontario, 8 August 2014.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Storydello: Another Tragedy

March 26, 1934. Four years after Mona's death, her daughter Barbara was driving home from a movie with a boyfriend. The young man rounded a curve too fast, and the car flipped over. Passers-by were able to rescue him, but Barbara died at the scene of the accident. She was just 19 years old.

It's hard to imagine the effect of this tragedy on her relatives in Kingston. Her grandfather Archie died the following year, and his wife Corrie four months later. It was the end of a very painful period in the Knight family story.

Posted today on Storydello.