ALISS 12 days of christmas recommendations

Here are recommendations for the 12 days of christmas (for social scientists!)

On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. Here are some resources for orchards and pear trees.

2.  Turtle Doves – here are some data and mapping resources relating to birds!

3. French hens – hens and eggs data

4. Calling birds – resources on bird songs!

  •  BBC Radio 4 has a collection of bird songs from common Uk birds which you can download.
  • The British Library sound archive has an entry on the language of birds which discusses the purpose of their songs and gives examples.
  • Xeno-Canto is a free website dedicated to sharing bird songs and sounds from around the world.
  • Macaulay Library Sound & Video catalog The Macaulay Library is the world’s largest archive of animal sounds. It contains more than 160,000 recordings of 67 percent of the world’s birds, and it is rapidly increasing its holdings of insects, fish, frogs, and mammals.Search the database for animal sounds and behavior. Visualize sounds using a spectrogram. Speed up or slow down sounds. Create spectrograms from your own sounds. Spectrograms can be customized with a clickable world map or by using an advance or simple Boolean search. Windows 2000 or newer is needed to use the spectrograms.

5. Gold rings

  • The world Bank blog regularly updates on commodity prices.
  • Trade body the World Gold Council provides some free access to issues of its Gold Market trends from 1996 onwards.
  •  Kitco has some free price and commodity news.

6. Geese a laying

7.   Swans a swimming

  • Swans as culinary fare! – From the Institute of Historical research. See the recipe for swan offal:
    • Chawdoun for swannes. Take ðe lyuer and ðe offal of the swannes, & do it to see ð in gode broth; take it vp. Pyke out ðe bonys; take & hewe the flessh smale. Make a lyour of crustes of brede & of ðe blode of ðe swan ysoden, & do ðerto powdour of gynger, of clowes, & of piper, & a litul wyne & salt, & see ð it, & cast ðe flessh ðerto iheweed; & messe it forth with ðe swan irostede. – Hieatt, Constance B. & Butler, Sharon (eds.)  (1985), p. 131. tasty recipe for swan offal and liver. swan pie from the food history blog.
  • Google books also has some interestingpies.
  • Finally a cheesy Christmas swan song from youtube – Gooseneck hill waterfowl sanctuary.

8. Eight maids a-milking,

9. Ladies Dancing

10. Lords a leaping

11. Pipers Piping.

12. Drums drumming.