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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Species Pride!


Folks on a research expedition from the Natural History Museum of London have found a new bird – hitherto unknown to modern civilization. And isn’t he a beauty?

This relative of mine hangs out high in the eastern Andeans of Columbia.

According to Thomas Donegan (who along with Blanca Huertas found this beautiful finch) “about two to three new birds are found every year.” Donegan states that finding a new bird is a “rare event.”

I think he’s missing the big picture. Two to three times a year? How come new birds keep popping up with such frequency? What’s going on? Have those “new” birds always been there – hanging out in isolated regions of the world (perhaps trying to hide from humans?) or are birds evolutionary creatures with great longevity as a species, and they are not only hiding out from humans, but continually evolving, adapting?

Scientific evidence suggests birds are either descended from dinosaurs or from reptiles that hung out here on earth long before dinosaurs made the scene. Either way, we birds have been on this planet almost as long as dirt and we continue to survive and evolve – we are the kings and queens of the evolutionary process, survivors with unparalleled skills and ability. Just think how much natural history is encoded in our DNA, how much collective knowledge is stored in our brains.

And some folks have the audacity to use "bird brain" as a derogative. Hah!



16 Comments:

Blogger Jack K. said...

Well, flap, flap, swoosh to you too! giggle.

That is one be-yoo-ti-ful bird, bird.

An alter-ego perhaps.

However, I do like your tern photo, icon. It is a beautiful exterior to a beautiful soul.

October 10, 2006 8:28 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

recently
learned that
terns eat flesh,
so don't know what
to make of this new discovery -- should we be concerned? it's all a bit like an alfred hitchcock plot, maybe, but more colorful

/t.

October 10, 2006 9:25 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

good. tippi hedren has it comin. grrrrherherhaha

bird, what the world needs now is birds sweet birds. never can have enough birds. esp. terns and their girlfriends. yes i am ready to take on you and jae...send pix of your tools, cars, and contents of fridge, grrrrrherherhaha

/howl

October 10, 2006 9:40 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

long live the underdog(bird)! he's a survivor... it goes to show that man can't wipe out every species no matter how hard he tries...

k9 - I agree we need more sweet "birds"... that's what the English blokes call them, anyway...

October 10, 2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird Beauty, yore cuzins' is lovely!

October 10, 2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Your relatives are very pretty.

October 10, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger CROAK said...

Beautiful creature..just like you, bird. More reason why we must not lose any mmore natural habitates throughout the world. What more don't we know?

October 11, 2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Hey Bird Beauty...I got some finches I think--little yellow and grey flitters newly arrived.

Fun ter see you on mah FRONT poorch--ain't some of those blog quotes a riot??? Cain't beleive ya' din't say sompin 'bout that whale thang.

what kind o' chocolate does ya' prefer seein' it in youre profile)?

October 13, 2006 6:26 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

thanks to all commenters for the compliments to me and my relatives.

bogs - we need more sweet "birds" eh? not cantakerous ones? old one? fats ones? round ones? thin ones? tall ones? brown ones? poor ones? rich ones? (name that tune!)

dog - pictures in progres.

ab: favorite chocolate? hmmm. 'specially love the bordeaux made by See's (but you don't get that in your neck of the woods).godiva is good, as is joseph scmidt. and hershey's almond bar is quite lovely too. hahahaha! truffles. chocolate mint. chocolate w/hazelnut. dark chocolate. milk chocolate. bittersweet chocolate. dark, rich, thick chocolate served the old fashioned way - in a chocolate pot. chocolate milk, chocolate ice cream,cheesecake drizzled with chocolate pumpkin ice cream with hot fudge.
oh dear! of course, despite my profile, i do limit my chocolate intake. it's really not good for a bird you know.

October 13, 2006 6:42 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

It is always so exciting when a new animal discovery is made; I love the orango do on these birds! Tres chic. ;)

October 13, 2006 12:57 PM  
Blogger One Girl In A Big World said...

I read they found a new mouse too! (I'll have to find the link~)
Well, it was one they thought was extinct- and then there it was :)
-Cora/Mayden

October 13, 2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

Bird!

(neat post)

I have not forgotten about you.
Migraine for about 3 weeks now, with approx 4 days off for good behavior.

I didn't forget. I didn't.

will tell you when, gonna try to post it tomorrow... Sorry.

October 13, 2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger disguised said...

Beautiful bird--you don't usually see crested finches. Makes it look like a small kingfisher.


--Redheaded woodpecker

October 13, 2006 11:23 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Dove Promise dark chocolate is one of the best. They come bite-sized and individually wrapped. You even get a cute little saying to add to your day.

Flap on bird, and give us a swoosh or two.

As for the song title, it's on the tip of my tongue, but there is no mirror handy. lol

October 14, 2006 5:20 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird, them chocolates sound divine! I'se partial ter semi-sweet, or even bittersweet, and doan fool wif' milk choc,,, doan know much that cain't be made better wif a bit o chocolate.

Expectin' ya to come back an read further on the FRONT porch--them bloggin' funnies..cause one of em' sounds like you wrote it! Does ya have secret blog life we'uns doan know about??

October 14, 2006 7:18 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

I found the mirror.

"Every Day People"

October 14, 2006 4:10 PM  

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