Friday, 7 May 2010

Haaa...haaa...HIATUS !! [Bless you]

Well, it's time for me to temporarily go again.

With a few technical problems to overcome, heaps of private stuff on my mind and equally impressive heaps of work on my desk, I am unlikely to find the time to post anything ... er ... to keep on trying to post anything that makes sense.
I don't think it will be a true hiatus and even if it turns out to be, it won't be too long. Maybe a couple' months. I might occasionally blog something, we'll see.

However, one thing is different this time from the times before: I am unlikely to appear in the comments section of other blogs as well.
This time, I'll be truly and largely off-line.

Geez, just writing it feels frightening!

I'll be seeing you.

Have a happy spring migration - and if you happen to travel to Montana by any chance, have a safe trip with some awesome longspurs and don't forget to say hello to the Prairies from me.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Off Topic: A remarkable coinincidence?

Last Sunday, I went to visit my mom who lives around 200 km's south of Heidelberg by train.
To make the boring train trip seem less boring, I sat down at the train's Bistro and got myself a ... *cough*cough*cough* ... chilled barley tea.
Upon checking my change, I noticed one coin was a Greek 10 cent coin.
I am not entirely sure this is what I wanted to see on Sunday.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Northern Sweetear

This is what I recently found on one of my lunch breaks doing a breeding bird survey 150 kms south of Heidelberg: A pair of Northern Wheatears.

The scene: sweet

The female: sweet.

The male: sweet.

And then a Black Kite flew over: sweet.

The cast in alphabetical order:
Black Kite - Milvus migrans - Schwarzmilan [Black "Milan", a specific word comparable to the English Hawk, Buzzard etc.]
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe - Steinschmätzer [Stone chatterer]