What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
This is a classic Chinese Poem, the first in the Book of Songs, called guan guan ju jiu, or The Osprey.
“Guan-guan go the ospreys,
On the islet in the river.
The modest, retiring, virtuous, young lady: —
For our prince a good mate she.”
Osprey have a trick to holding slippery fish, a reversible toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front, two behind. They also have barbed pads on their feet and hooked talons to help keep hold of fish.
Osprey are one of only a half dozen land birds that can be found around the world, on all continents except Antarctica. Here in Seattle they’re a common urban bird, constantly flying over my house.