Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Mysterious Feather

Query: I was at a flea market in (location withheld) and I saw an old woman selling feathers and trinkets from her booth in conversation with a suspicious-looking man in a black hat. He was showing her a multicolored feather, all red and purple and gold and shimmering. When they saw me looking, the suspicious-looking man put the feather back in his coat and walked away. I asked the woman what it was and she told me it was nothing and to mind my own business. I suspect it was a phoenix feather. Can you tell from this description if that is what it was?

Answer: Thank you very much for your alertness. It sounds very much as if the suspicious-looking character was indeed hawking a phoenix feather.

We checked with all the phoenix-keepers and none have reported any injuries to the birds in their care. However, one phoenix recently went through a molt. It’s possible that the feather you saw was gleaned by chance by the Bog (the poacher) you saw from the habitat of the phoenix.

While no injury to a phoenix has yet occurred, a single feather on the black market could create a demand, which could lead to danger to the birds. We have therefore sent a specialist to investigate the circumstances and attempt to recover the feather.

We appreciate your courage in approaching this Bog, but please remember not to place yourself in harm’s way. The Bogs are dangerous people, and we want you to be safe.

Thank you again for your care and concern for the Imaginaries.


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