Comments Keep up with comments here: Blue Blood and Black Veins – the HALL of EINAR on A Caution to Everybody – The tragedy of the Great Auk[…] no longer extant, wiped out, destroyed, exterminated or gone. It means as dead as a Dodo; or a Great Auk. When British people say a butterfly is extinct, what that usually means is that it has had a small […] the HALL of EINAR on The Lesser Emperor of MateraThanks Nigel - it's a superb place. Here's hoping you have a great time at the Folk Festival - and just let me know if you'd like to meet up in July :) microtis on The Lesser Emperor of MateraHi David I love your shot of the city of Matera which has the surreal quality of pen & ink/watercolour wash. It was only the presence of modern cars and the wind generators on the far horizon that assured me it was not an old painting! Enjoy the heat. As well as a flying visit to the Folk Festival next weekend, we will be in Orkney in July, 9th - 23rd. Shorter than usual, as Tish is unfortunately not 'between jobs' this year! Best wishes, Nigel Maggie on Tender momentsAw it is Heartmelting A Spruced-up Siskin – the HALL of EINAR on Siskins[…] Siskins […] Witness for the Extinction – the HALL of EINAR on Puffins on the rocks[…] Puffins on the rocks […] the HALL of EINAR on Taking the three kids out for dinnerHa, yes Rebecca - rats and mice can tell us a lot about people as well as about themselves. On Westray the houses around Einar have names like Musland and Mousebrae. I think that indicates a significant mouse problem! More Stonechatting – the HALL of EINAR on Stonechats on Trendlebere Down and Tunnicliffe’s Brooke Bond Bird Portraits[…] Stonechats on Trendlebere Down and Tunnicliffe’s Brooke Bond Bird Portraits […] Rebecca on Taking the three kids out for dinnerThere used tobe a rat and mouse exhibit at Taronga Park Zoo. Among all the information, one fact has always stayed with me. They said that at any time, anywhere you were, you were less than six feet (2 metres) away from a rat or mouse. Usually, you didn’t see them but they were there. Apparently they colonised the world by scampering up the mooring ropes of ships and stowing away. On another note, when a 200 year old barracks in Sydney was excavated, rats nests in the foundations revealed a treasure trove of historical artifacts that they had stolen...the HALL of EINAR on A reason to clear up under your bird feederThanks Maggie. Yes, the Great Spotted Woodpecker isn't present in the USA where there are different species. Seeing just how big rats are and how quickly they breed does make you think about clearing up, doesn't it? Maggie Mallard on Bullfinch bookends and Tunnicliffe’s Brooke Bond Bird PortraitsAbsolutely they make a beautiful pair of bookends! Lovely photos so enjoyed coming by today. the HALL of EINAR on BlackbirdAudio recording's a specialist field Olly. Maybe you could try sticking your head out of your front door while reading my blog and looking up. There's usually one there. singing. :) Olly on BlackbirdWonderful blackbird photo's David! Shame you can't add a soundtrack of the birdsong to the blog, or am I pushing my luck there?! What a difference a lens makes – the HALL of EINAR on Dacrymyces deliquescens – forty years ago in my nature notebooks[…] Dacrymyces deliquescens – forty years ago in my nature notebooks […] Finding the Fluted Bird’s Nest fungus – the HALL of EINAR on A walk on Orley Common[…] A walk on Orley Common […] the HALL of EINAR on ChaffinchThanks Helen. Yes, the textures on the branch work well against the softness of the background blur. They help bring the entire scene into sharp relief. the HALL of EINAR on Robin Orange-BreastYes, they are stunning birds Alison. They really do have incredible poise. Alison Allen on Robin Orange-BreastHave to agree but, Red or orange , i think they are lovely xxx Helen McAteer on ChaffinchBeautiful pictures, as always, but I particularly love the detail of the branch with all the lichen! the HALL of EINAR on The tale of Hazel Gloves and a fungus which grows on a fungusShe was unharmed and blissfully unaware Neil. Neil Mahler on The tale of Hazel Gloves and a fungus which grows on a fungusWas your friend struck by lightning after he needlessly took the Hazel Gloves ? the HALL of EINAR on Oop oop, Oop oop, Oop oopHaha, yes, that must have been quite a sight. I've only ever seen one in Italy. I'd love to see one in the UK. the HALL of EINAR on Robin Orange-BreastYes, they are beautiful. Many thanks Maggie - much appreciated. Maggie on Robin Orange-BreastTheir just beautiful in what ever color one sees them. You seem to always capture beauty in all your photos. Have a lovely week! Maggie Helen McAteer on Oop oop, Oop oop, Oop oopBeautifully flamboyant birds! I was very lucky to see one in the early 1980s, that had somehow lost its way. It ended up feeding off a farm midden in Bessingby, near Bridlington in East Yorkshire. Hundreds of twitchers decended on this tiny village with its narrow lanes. With much amusement I watched dozens of avid twitchers with binoculars and cameras, waiting patiently to see their prize. Sitting on a branch about 50 yards behind them all was the hoopoe, watching them, with a very quizzical look on its face.