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Tag: Nature

  • The (little known) wildlife of Singapore – Part [II]

    The (little known) wildlife of Singapore – Part [II]

    { This post was originally posted on Someday, we will see the world } Before setting up birdfeeders on our roof and learning about backyard birds, I would have identified most of them as “little birds”. But today, there are so many feathered friends that I can recognise in San Francisco. Heading back to Singapore […]

  • The (little known) wildlife of Singapore – Part [I]

    The (little known) wildlife of Singapore – Part [I]

    { This post was originally posted on Someday, we will see the world } When I was seven, my family moved from downtown Singapore up north. Back in those days, Yishun was not just the countryside, but a jungle of sorts. My father wanted his children to grow up with nature and wildlife. My brother […]

  • White-crowned sparrows join the party

    White-crowned sparrows join the party

    The White-crowned Sparrows have pretty distinctive whistles where the first syllabus is long, followed by staccato notes cramped together – “W-h-e-e-e-e-e phew hue-hue-hue-hue-hue”. Imagine saying “W–h–e–r–e are you-you-you-you-you?” I first knew about them when I started frequenting the Richmond Library. They are always singing. Ever since the start of our rooftop party, I like to […]

  • Finally, the beeping Towhee

    Finally, the beeping Towhee

    This project started because I wanted to get a closer look at the California Towhee. Finally, my first feathered friend arrives at the party. Guess who’s unhappy? “Hey, bird-feeding-woman, do something…” “Hmph!” “Do you hear me?” “Dooooo something!!!” The juvenile House Finch who has been dominating the feeders gets a taste of its medicine. Hee…

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • One crazy House Finch party!

    One crazy House Finch party!

    There were probably three families of House Finch at the feeders. The Dark-eyed Junco could barely fight for a spot. At some point, everyone had to wait… (and grumble while they wait).