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Thread subject: Dawn Chorus: Lineatus reviews PaleMale film.
Name Date Message
martyc35 12/12/10 01:51 pm Well, at least somebody got to see the movie:-). Have fun, LINK
marty
Shelley 12/12/10 04:01 pm Thanks, Marty! Loved this one! And thanks for including me in your posts. Toronto is a city of parks and ravines lots of trees and red squirrels can be found pretty much everywhere nowadays. One naughty one ate through the plastic and totally destroyed one of my feeders, the kind that is a roundish cage with the tube feeder inside, meant to keep out the big squirrels but not the little birds. I guess the manufacturers never considered the little reds. I certainly hadn't. I never bothered replacing that feeder. I thing I even have a photo of the red in it at some point.

Anyhow, I always think of the red squirrels in the same category as chipmunks. I am not sure genetically speaking if they are even the same species but I know we have plenty of both. We also have lots of the original grey squirrels as well as the blacks and they often play and chase one another. I see them daily. I am originally from Montreal and had never seen a black squirrel before moving to Toronto 30 years ago.

And one more note, in reference to the discussion of cardinals. I have probably mentioned that last May I went on a birding walk with the famous wildlife artist Robert Bateman. He was in town dedicating a little parkette and nature trail beside his childhood home and he took us on a walk in the ravine behind that house. He told us that when he was growing up in the 30s, cardinals had not yet come north and were a very rare sight here, if at all. He believes that it is a combination of climate change and people feeding them that has influenced their move north. They are now common and year-round birds here and I love them.
Melanie 12/12/10 04:54 pm There are a lot of species whose range has moved up to 400 miles north of where they used to be, But don't you know there is no such thing as global warming? ;-p
martyc35 12/12/10 05:07 pm We will soon have a majority of climate deniers in the House. Sad, especially for our descendants and the other species. About the time we might discover life on other planets, we will have destroyed it as we know it on this one.

I saw a rerun of the PBS doc on hummingbirds last night, and they were noting that the increase in feeders was helping some endangered varieties to survive. But, of course, those hummers don't live in colder climates. The species that evolved to live in ice, such as the polar bears, are of the most immediate concern.
marty

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