The Bees and the Birds

United States, Vermont, 1962, Springtime. Walking through the forests, all seemed to be in order, except for one startling peculiarity: the air was still. No birds flew amongst the trees and without them, their songs were gone as well. This unnerving detail was not localised to Vermont. Birds were vanishing from ecosystems all across North […]

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Red-billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus)

Jamaican Hummingbirds

Jamaican Hummingbirds are quite dazzling. A year ago today, while visiting Jamaica, I was blessed to have a visit from a stunning maleRed-billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus.) Early mornings, I stoodon my balcony waiting for them to come sip from the bright hibiscus blossoms covering a large bush just below my railing. During my walks to […]

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