William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 16, March, 2011

Habius Ovum

Filed under: Circle Game,Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 11:03

http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php At 5:38 on 16 March, the first egg was laid.

Tuesday, 15, March, 2011

Buzzards

Filed under: Circle Game,Cleveland,Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 09:25

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Ides of March, when spring comes, the days grow longer, the flowers bloom, and those lovely harbingers of spring, the turkey buzzards, come back to Hinckley, Ohio.

Saturday, 13, November, 2010

So There I Was

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 16:18

Driving along Green Road, and a very large hornet’s nest in the leafless tree catches my eye. It’s big, and awfully brown. And then it flapped twice, and I realized it wasn’t a hornet’s nest, but a red-tail hawk, who was eating a fox squirrel. There was a very brave other squirrel lower down on the trunk, giving the bird the…well…the bird. Brave, but stupid.

Wasn’t expecting to see that in the middle of the city.

Saturday, 30, October, 2010

Fungus in Lakeview

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 04:12

Monday, 11, October, 2010

Hokey Smoke!

Filed under: Cleveland,Garden,Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 23:12

Sitting in my backyard, when a chipmunk bounces off the phone line and onto a tree trunk. Except the phone line is seven feet in the air, and they never go that high. I believe it was a flying squirrel.
Never saw one of them in the wild before.

Thursday, 8, July, 2010

Sappy Wildcat Blogging

Filed under: Cat Blogging,Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 14:48

Jungle cats have been found to mimic the vocalizations of their prey, according to this story. Hat tip, Lili. Great. I was wondering why Tinker was fooling around with the duck call, now I know…

Wednesday, 7, July, 2010

Monarch of the Glen

Filed under: Circle Game,Garden,Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 16:52

Two years ago, I planted some milkweed by the rear porch. Last year, I had two little plants, but they made about a dozen pods, who ruptured and went everywhere. Last year I planted two sick-looking Monarda sp. plants, who kind of just…hung out. It was supposed to be a butterfly garden, but I got no butterflies. A couple of bumblebees, but no butterflies.

Well, this year I have a dozen milkweeds, and the monarda are spreading via runners (and they’re a mint, so they will) and finally this morning, I saw a monarch on the milkweed.

Wednesday, 23, June, 2010

I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 22:35

or not, as the case may be. At 1345, there was an earthquake around Ottawa. Supposedly, Cleveland shook but I did not notice anything. The last earthquake I recall I was in Geology class in grade 8. I LOVE irony like that.

Friday, 18, June, 2010

Cooper

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 10:51

The other day, I saw my first Cooper’s Hawk. Of course, it could have been a sharp-shinned hawk, but it was about the same size as the crows it was hassling, so I think it was a Cooper’s. I’ve never actually identified this before, so it’s going on the life list. Raptors tend to be divided up into red-tails, buzzards, eagles and kestrels. Though I’m sure I’m using red-tail as a wastebasket diagnosis, I now there are broad-winged, and red-shouldered hawks around here.

Saturday, 5, June, 2010

Velvet

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 19:07

Things are definitely progressing in the natural history world. There are goslings all over the E55th St. Marina, in their grey fuzzy coats. The falcons have their pinfeathers coming through, and today I saw three bucks in velvet on Parkland Road right next to Shaker Boulevard. Two were two-pointers, but one was looking like a six pointer. All of them were eating shrubs and were totally blase about the people running past and the cars on Shaker Boulevard. All of them were also within three meters of me.

I’m beginning to think that the reintroduction of large predatory cats, like bobcats–or puma, might even be practical in inner-ring suburbs. Come to think of it, they’d make Browns games a whole lot more interesting.

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