Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ABC Wednesday: Z and also Y

I was away last week, most of the time without internet connection, and all of the time without access to my iPhoto program, so I missed the letter Y in Mrs. Nesbitt's alphabetical blog,
ABC Wednesday.
Y is for Yes, I was young once. Hard to believe about old women, but true, and here's the proof:



And this week, the letter is Z. I'm sure I've done "Z is for Zoo" more than once, but, this time, I want to go with "Z is for Zoological Specimens"...longer words meaning, basically, the same thing, except for my brother's cat.

And so, without further ado about the zoo, here is today's feature:

Z is for Zoological Specimens

Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus, previously Felis domesticus, is a small,
furrydomesticatedcarnivorous mammal.
This young specimen of a domesticated Siberian Mountain Cat is hypoallergenic as well as furry, semi-domesticated, and usually carnivorous.
Said specimen will chew on houseplants, and has been known to sleep sitting up.
Photo by Kay Davies
The Garter snake is a Colubrid snake genus (Thamnophis) common across North America, ranging from Alaska and Canada to Central America. It is the single most widely distributed genus of reptile in North America.
Photo by my intrepid photographer, Richard Schear, July, 2012

Magpies are passerine birds of the crow familyCorvidae.
In Europe, "magpie" is often used by English speakers as a synonym for the European Magpie, as there are no other magpies in Europe outside Iberia. That bird was referred to as a "pie" until the late 16th century when the feminine name "mag" was added to the beginning.
Magpies are believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals: the European Magpie is one of the few animal species known to be able to recognize itself in a mirror test. In the UK, the Magpie has long been associated with a habit of stealing or otherwise collecting shiny objects, however this urban myth has no evidence in wildlife studies.
Photo by Richard Schear, July, 2012

This magpie in flight
is not a pretty sight.
The flowers below
are beautiful, though.

Photo by Richard Schear, July, 2012
The American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), also known as the Eastern Goldfinch and Wild Canary, is a small North American bird in the finch family. It is migratory, ranging from mid-Alberta to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from just south of the Canadian border to Mexico during the winter.
Photo by Richard Schear, July, 2012
Human activity has generally benefited the American Goldfinch. It is often found in residential areas, attracted to bird feeders which increase its survival rate in these areas. Deforestation also creates open meadow areas which are its preferred habitat.
Photo by Richard Schear, July, 2012

Cottontail Rabbit
Rabbits and hares belong to the order Lagomorpha. Unlike rodents, all lagomorphs have two pair of upper incisors or front teeth. The second set of incisors are small and peg-like, located directly behind the first incisors.
Cottontail rabbits are found throughout the southern arid regions of the province and are Alberta's only true rabbit. They inhabit thick bushy areas such as coulees, river bottoms, sagebrush plains and abandoned farmsteads.
Photo by Richard Schear, July, 2012
 Thanks to Wikipedia for most of my information.


aka Penelope said...

Those are some pretty cute zoological specimens you posted, Kay! Of course, none could hold a candle to your cuteness during your youth. :)

Hildred and Charles said...

You did a good job of mining Wikipedia, Kay, - lots of interesting information. I am especially fond of the American Goldfinch, - probably because they are such frequent and pleasant visitors.

Roger Owen Green said...

If I may say, you were a fetching young lady.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Powell River Books said...

Sometimes it's good to get away from the Internet. Makes us appreciate people and the natural world. Welcome back. - Margy

chubskulit said...

I am no fan of any kind of snakes...

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

KaHolly said...

Great photos! I enjoyed my visit.

Pheno Menon said...

Yeah sometimes I just love it when I am not "connected" to civilization :)

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

Paula Scott said...

Kitty sleeps sitting up? No way! I wonder why the goldfinches there are more brilliant in their yellow color than the ones here? Great post!

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Paula — It's true, I got several photos of my brother's kitten Bailey sitting up, sound asleep. He gradually, gradually, sank lower and lower until he was lying down. He'd just been playing a lot and was a very tired baby.