Posted by birds fly on April 11, 2017
Yesterday at a local nature center I found this Pileated Woodpecker performing some major excavation work on a partially dead tree. The bird was using its bill like a chisel to strip off huge swathes of bark. It had already uncovered the bare area to the right and was working its way clockwise around the tree. It would hammer on a section and then nimbly hop away just as a slab of bark separated from the tree and fell to the ground. I was hoping to catch one of these more dramatic moments, but had to settle for the fine-tuning it’s doing here.
Posted by birds fly on November 7, 2016
A heretofore unknown-to-me Bauhaus cover of one of my favorite Dead Can Dance songs ‘Severance,’ with lyrics appropriate for our times sung by the inimitable Peter Murphy.
The birds of leaving call to us,
Yet here we stand
endowed with the fear of flight.
The winds of change consume the land,
While we remain
In the shadow of summers now past.
When all the leaves
Have fallen and turned to dust,
Will we remain
Entrenched within our ways.
The plague that moves throughout this land
In the shapes of things to come.
Tomorrow’s child is the only child.
Posted by birds fly on October 31, 2016
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Hundreds of migrant chimney swifts enter the chimney at Free State Bookbinders in Baltimore City last night for their evening roost. Recent rough estimates come in around 2000 birds roosting in this single chimney, though on peak migration nights that number can double or even triple. If you do some investigation in your area you may find there’s an annual event like this near you, too. If there is, I highly recommend checking it out–it’s quite a spectacle! More info here.
Posted by birds fly on September 18, 2016
Dissonance streaked with melody
See also: live version (best viewed in seizure-inducing full-screen mode)
Posted by birds fly on August 22, 2016
Posted by birds fly on July 22, 2016
Posted by birds fly on April 21, 2016
Featuring mesmerizing dance moves by Ian Curtis.
(video by Richard Boon, thank you to post-punk.com)
Posted by birds fly on March 7, 2016