A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Crested Shelduck

Extinction can be a tricky business

Post 1

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

There's a cuckoo in Louisiana long thought to be extinct, but someone seems to have seen one recently. I don't know how reliable this sighting was. I don't know how reliable *any* sightings are.

if there are animals thought to be extinct but which are instead merely rare, that would seem to be good news, wouldn't it?

I'm not sure what opinion I have of the shelducks. When I go to the river near my house, I often see scads of ducks. Some duck species seem to be plentiful. there are other species that are somewhere between rare and extinct. I'm not sure what to think of this. Some time in the distant past, there must have been some ancestral ducks. Some of their descendants have been more successful than others.

These shelducks are pretty. I personally think all ducks are pretty. I would rather not have to choose among the different species, but Mother nature seems to be calling the shots.

I'm not even one of those people who see ducks as potential food. I guess the shelducks would no longer be a food option anyway.


Extinction can be a tricky business

Post 2

Willem

Hello! I'll see if I can read about that cuckoo ...

Yes it's always good to hear of things not being extinct as thought.

I don't eat ducks either!

The whole thing with extinction is rather frustrating. There are things that are definitely extinct ... but it can be extremely hard to *prove* that they're extinct. There might always be one or two that's simply overlooked ...

Heck there are people who swear that there are bigfeet out there! Compared to that, what's a hidden duck or two?


Extinction can be a tricky business

Post 3

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Anyway, we have a lot of very active, feisty ducks in the Park. One of our residents doesn't like it that they roll in her flowers.

The Canada Geese have spawned a great deal of chicks this year, and they march around with great military precision. They're fun to watch in any event. smiley - smiley

I like birds a lot. Almost as much as I love butterflies, which are sadly underrepresented here.

I haven't been as many bees as usual, though it may just mean I haven't been looking.

I have numerous large planters filled with Echinacia on my porch. They are starting to bloom. This is good, because the local woodchuck has been decimating the ones that aren't on the porch.smiley - grr


Extinction can be a tricky business

Post 4

Willem

Sorry to hear about the insufficient numbers of butterflies and bees! Of course over here it's now the middle of winter ... don't know if many insects are about, but there might still be some!

Hope the woodchuck leaves some of your Echinacea. Are they all the same species?


Extinction can be a tricky business

Post 5

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Yes. They are, mostly.

Many different cultivars, though.

he are a few Echinacea Pallida along the entry ramp, though. They seem very hardy, coming up year after year.


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