Waukesha clock restorer crazy about cuckoos
He repairs other types of clocks but his love is for the cuckoo, some of which incorporate actual cuckoo bird calls. In some When Galinsky is not repairing, he's making — hand-carving leaves, acorns, twigs and animals for his cuckoo clocks. At ...
December 27, 2014
Rising Franc Upends Daily Life in Swiss Borderlands
Now, the stronger franc leaves Campione “on the edge of bankruptcy,” says Deputy Mayor Florio Bernasconi, who is appealing to Italy for aid. “We are in a desperate situation.” This month, Mr. Bernasconi gathered some of Campione's about 2,000 residents ...
February 22, 2015
Bavaria boasts a winter wonderland
But then the clock struck the hour, the cuckoo dove out from a carved whorl of leaves, and the bird's popeyed, beaky face earned my affection; it was a model of soulful charm. I thought of the clock when I arrived in Munich this November, just as the ...
December 20, 2014
If you can handle weird, 'Jack' is a hidden gem
At first glance, "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" looks like just another kid's movie and one that you probably have never heard of. Most times, when those two factors and Jack falls down with the clock smoldering. The girl leaves town and ...
October 22, 2014
The Chronicle's top 10 stories of 2014
The San Francisco Democrat, suspended by fellow lawmakers after his arrest, has pleaded not guilty. 5 Giants' World Series title: It's like the clockwork in a cuckoo clock. The Giants keep winning the World Series — every other year. They beat the ...
December 30, 2014
Syracuse student 'locked in psychiatric ward for 6 days' after complaining of ...
A New Jersey student with a bad cold was locked in a hospital psych ward for six days after going to her university's heath center for a medication to treat flu-like symptoms, she alleges in a lawsuit. Kaitlin Taylor, of Union County, New Jersey, went ...
March 1, 2015
Lifeboatman's wedding ring found 6 years on after friend stumbles across it
When lifeboatman Mark Thorne lost his wedding ring in the sea during an emergency call-out, he pulled out all the stops to get it back. He scoured the shoreline with a metal detector and even searched for it underwater using scuba gear, before finally ...
February 23, 2015
And negatively affecting our birding plans, like waking up late on a Saturday morning. - the time when we were usually already on the road by 5 am. Our first half-hearted attempt was to look for the Scops Owls at the "frogs" area. It was while I was enduring a literal pain in the neck looking up a tall tree that I saw something that piqued my curiosity. Cynthia and I tried vainly to relocate it after it flew behind some leaves but failed to see it again. Two guys who wer hiking in the trail apparently also saw the bird. One of them, very likely a professor in the university who knows birds, confirmed my suspicion that it was a cuckoo - a Violet Cuckoo. We wanted to stay and wait for the uncommon bird to reappear but the battalion that the local mosquito community ordered to attack us had already started their mission. My wife texted our friend, Maia, who saw the Ashy Drongo last week, to ask her where the fabled bird hangs around. "The tall tree right in front of the building," was her reply, "from 8:30 to 9". I looked at the time. It was 8:30. I looked up at the tall tree. As if on cue, our target bird flew in. Now came the hard part - taking its picture.
In some traditions, this weakening of the Sun is linked to the weakening of the old King. At the Winter Solstice, the Holly King is defeated and dies, making way for the reinvigorated Oak King who will usher in the waxing of the renewed Sun. The Holly King has as his emblem the wren, and the Oak King’s bird is the robin. “The robin and the wren, God’s cock and hen” have been linked in mythology and with Christian lore throughout Europe. The wren’s heritage is more ancient and may have its origins in Saturnalia, ancient Rome’s fertility festival. The wren was the king of birds in Greek mythology, so killing one at this time of year represented the end of the old season. Wren mythology made its way to Bronze Age Britain, where woe betide anyone who dared harm these sacred birds of prophecy. Strange, then, that one of the oldest folk rituals, once widespread in Britain and still surviving in Ireland and parts of Europe, is the St. Stephen’s Day wren hunt. On 26 December, ‘wren boys’ armed with sticks beat hedgerows until a wren was caught and killed. The bird was hung from the top of an elaborately decorated pole and paraded to every house.
First I was the newly appointed project leader on a research project designed to discover if conditions in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands were restricting the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler and keeping its population from expanding. I traveled to Nassau to meet Bahamian and US Embassy officials to help ease our research effort into place the coming winter. Ultimately we discovered that the issue affecting Kirtland’s Warbler was not enough nesting habitat in north-central Michigan (there are now more than 2,000 nesting pairs and the species should probably be down-listed to Threatened under the... I also discovered that despite my most dire personal predictions I could actually survive the pain of a divorce and the Bahamas, along with the Turks and Caicos Islands , (and at this link ) were where I made that discovery. From 1984 to 1986 I searched for Kirtland’s Warblers over the length and breadth of the Bahamas from Grand Bahama and Little Abaco islands in the north, to Great Inagua in the south. We also did not search the Berry Islands because (foolishly) I thought their small size would preclude the presence of any Kirtland’s Warblers. My assistant Paul Sievert (now the Assistant Leader of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.