A round up

Some things that caught my eye this week:

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22 Replies to “A round up”

  1. Actually… to be more serious… the name “Honey buzzard” is more offensive to me than the silly examples I’ve thought of above.
    Primarily because the “pern” is more of a kite than a buzzard really and doesn’t eat honey (or bees generally).
    They might as well have called it the “Spaghetti falcon” to be honest. Equally as apt anyway.

  2. Of course scientific nomenclature is often where the “rude” etymology lies. .. but more so for insects and the wonderfully-named moths in particular.

    As for birds, our rudest scientific name for one of our birds goes (I think) to our “moronic” birds.
    Literally classified as morons they are…


    And this reminds me…



  3. Red Admiral at the caff at Longstock Farm Shop on St Valentine’s Day. Pulmonarias, snowdrops, primroses and almost daffodils in the garden but no sign of my new hellebores! Buds opening on Lathyrus vernus and common hazels showering pollen madly.

  4. Nice Brimstone in the valley near me on Wednesday taking advantage of a sunny spot.

    re the Tigers. I read somewhere that as a species approaches extinction it will reach a point where the environment / food / or whatever will support a temporary upturn in numbers. That becomes a danger point because we take our eye off the ball and a crash occurs. I don’t know if that is true or I made it up, but that bit of information has floated around my brain for many years.

  5. The ‘offensive’ swift name refers to White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer).
    To quote from an email from Jan Holmgren:
    “The Swedish name of the Common Swift Apus apus is tornseglare (torn = tower, seglare = sailer, same as German Segler). The swift now called vitgumpseglare (vit = white, gump = rump, seglare = sailer) is Apus caffer, in English known as the White-rumped Swift.

  6. Xanthorrhoeas are a genus of desert-adapted plants that are known as ‘blackboys’ in Australia. As with many Australian plants they are fire-adapted and, after having been burnt, the blackened trunks, general growth form and the sprouting green growth of spiky leaves supposedly give them the appearance of an aboriginal boy. A more politically correct name that is now sometimes used is grass-tree.

    1. a friend of mine near newark had daffodils out last month no idea what was going on there – maybe sub soil heating?

      1. Plenty of daff varieties are bred these days to flower in the winter proper.
        But still peoplr comment that daffs are up way too early.

  7. Thanks to the link to Matt Shardlow’s Fine shades blog and through that to Sir John Randall’s speech on the Nature and Wellbeing bill – superb, well worth reading.

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