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Tag: Diary

  • Hey good lookin’

    Hey good lookin’

    I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk on the roof of the house opposite. It looked like it had just gotten out of bed – fluffy hair with a look of wonder. Within seconds, it fluttered away. A few days later, another Red-shouldered Hawk appeared. I gasped! It can’t be the same bird! Can it? Where is my […]

  • Glycerin bath experiment – gone wrong :(

    Glycerin bath experiment – gone wrong :(

    Two days into the glycerin bath experiment, I think I might have screwed it up – brown blemishes started appearing on the parts that were covered by mason jar lids. Did the metallic lids react with glycerin? Or was it the aluminium tray? I wish I knew. I’m not even sure if these two days […]

  • Glycerin bath experiment

    Glycerin bath experiment

    Somewhere in December, I picked out some fallen leaves on our walks. I want to bring them back to Singapore for the family leaf book that my father has. I showed him the leaves over a video call and he sighed “If only the colours could stay this way…” Before I found a way to […]

  • Extraterrestrial discovery…

    Extraterrestrial discovery…

    When I saw the grass in the shoe, I thought the birds were going to make a garden out of it. Shortly after, some “yellow dots” appeared. After a trip to Grenada, I have become an iNaturalist convert. Thanks to citizen science, I discovered that this alien little yellow dots were Phycomyces – or what […]

  • A lost corvid on the roof

    A lost corvid on the roof

    I thought it was a crow, but this one was different – somewhat bigger than a crow and smaller than a raven. It has that hair tuft (feathers) under the neck but not fully developed like the raven It was walking alone around (the outside of) our house and seemed lost – unlike crows who […]

  • Our unconventional Christmas tree

    Our unconventional Christmas tree

    It’s Christmas! We refuse to buy a tree and dump it away after the new year. Neither do we want to have a tree in our house all year round. We looked around the house and identified our biggest pot of green – the mother of all our spider plants. We are very proud of […]

  • The unexpected corvids

    The unexpected corvids

    I used to think birds engage in a lot of idle talks and gossips, but recently, I am beginning to think otherwise. They might be providing specific navigation information to their group – telling family members where the food is and whether the coast is clear. Bird language with different dialects perhaps? The word for […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    “It’s snowing!”“No… it’s just the rain!” “Still, lovely isn’t it?”“Nooo… it’s cold!” “Mmm…”“We have to stock up food, do you hear me?” “Oh well…”“Hurry up!” Over the last five months, these Dark-eyed Junco juveniles have grown almost identical to their parents. They are adults now, but still look a little silly with their ways and […]

  • Mini kale harvest

    Mini kale harvest

    We had a tiny harvest that was plenty for us. It was fun roasting and munching our kale chips! Note to self: Mix kale in a bowl with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + 1 tsp salt and pepper. Spread them out nicely on a baking tray without any overlapping. Bake at 400°F (200°C) […]