The golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa) is a very small songbird.
Adults are olive-gray on the upperparts with white underparts, with thin bills and short tails. They have white wing bars, a black stripe through the eyes and a yellow crown surrounded by black. The adult male has an orange patch in the middle of the yellow crown.
Their breeding habitat is coniferous forests across Canada, the northeastern and western United States, Mexico and Central America. They nest in a well-concealed hanging cup suspended from a conifer branch.
These birds migrate to the United States. Some birds are permanent residents in coastal regions and in the southern parts of their range. Northern birds remain further north in winter than the ruby-crowned kinglet.
They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects, insect eggs and spiders.
They give a series of high-pitched…
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London cab driver’s answer to a request from a Muslim passenger to turn off his radio.
(You just got to love the Brits.)
A devout Arab Muslim entered a black cab in London. He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because, as decreed by his religious teaching, he must not listen to music.
In the time of the prophet there was no music, especially Western music; the music of the infidel.
The cab driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door.
The Arab Muslim asked him, “What are you doing?”
The cabbie answered, “In the time of the prophet there were no taxis, so p**s off and wait for the next camel.”
Erdogan is trying to sell a product that only finds buyers in his own country and in a few Middle Eastern capitals: self-delusion around the theme of Sunni Islam’s “perfection.”
“As Muslims, we have never taken part in terrorist massacres.” Then Erdogan, once again, reverted to his “my-tribe-is-perfect-and-only-yours-is-bad” rhetoric.
“[T]he Turkish presence was incredibly awkward. Though the Paris march honored journalists killed in the attack on the monthly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Turkey currently has more reporters in jail, 40, than any other country, even Iran and China.” — Karl Vick, Time Magazine.
Finally the liberal media has found their scandal to play on both sides of the planet, Israel and the United States, and ably calling a scandal with which to berate and bludgeon Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for committing an unforgivable faux pas with the United States getting to throw Speaker of the House Boehner on the tracks of outrage alongside has been the headlines for the last few days and likely coverage for the foreseeable future. Speaker of the House Boehner had the temerity to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before the Congress without requesting the blessings of the State Department and the White House and adding insult to injury Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted the invitation without asking for permission from that very same State Department and White House. All this dust-up begs two questions, would the State Department and the White House both have approved of the…
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I love these tall cypress trees. There seems to be a lot of them along our California coast. Last month I saw these at a museum called Legion of Honor in SF and thought they were so incredible with their long trunks and greenery at the top. The backlighting on them was pretty cool and I loved how the starburst was created through the trees.
For the entire gallery, please check Leanne Cole’s blog.
More hearts of Western civilization have been targeted and hit. First, armed gunmen entered the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week and killed 12 people, to impose their understanding of Sharia on the French. Then, the German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost, which had the courage to reprint the cartoons, was firebombed on January 10.
Most newspapers in Germany had apparently decided not to risk upsetting Muslim extremists by reprinting anything that might have have distressed them. The Berliner Zeitung, the Hamburger Morgenpost and Der Tagesspiegel were amongst the few exceptions.