July 6th – Milestones

This beautiful female Yellow Warbler is 8 years old - and still going strong fledging 3 young.

This beautiful female Yellow Warbler is 8 years old – and still going strong fledging 3 young.

As many of you know, the blog has been down for about a week. Blogmeister Jeff MacLeod explains:

So, it seems that the blog wasn’t actually hacked, per se. Someone was trying to hack the blog using “brute force”. This means that they had a computer trying thousands of different passwords/usernames in order to get into the blog. Hackers set up this sort of thing to get into accounts with poor passwords. It doesn’t seem they actually got in, but the server detected this activity because it was creating a strain on the server. The server shut down the blog because of this strain. This is better than a successful hack, because it means no one actually got the password, etc.

Now that there is more security setup, we shouldn’t have the problem again.

Jeff

I simply can’t understand why someone (evidently in Indonesia) would do this. It’s a strange world……

As for “milestones”, today I turn 65….I’m officially old. More importantly, from my pespective, my age has finally caught up with my IQ. From now on I will exceed my IQ year by year (unless, of course, I get smarter which, I have been assured, is not likely….). To celebrate, I am looking out over St. John’s harbour. I’ll spend a couple of days here, in one of my very favourite cities in the whole world, before heading out to sea for 3 weeks of counting seabirds. (If you’ve never been to St. John’s, do yourself a favour…..)

Nancy, in my absence, has gone with a more martial look when checking the nets.

Nancy, in my absence, has gone with a more martial look when checking the nets.


Blogwise, Nancy will fill you in on what has been happening at Ruthven – The Purple Martins seem to have struggled through much of the early cold, inclement weather and other species are starting to fledge young. (On Wednesday we caught – and released together after banding – a family of Yellow Warblers, an adult female and 3 VERY young birds. The female had been banded as a SY bird in May, 2006 making her 8 years old!!!)
And, whenever I get the chance, will report on birds at sea. It’s good to be up and going again! (Thanks Jeff!!)

Rick

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