We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Chippies arrived here today, up from their wintering grounds in the deep south. You don't need binoculars to identify a small sparrow sitting high in a pine tree, even if he is not delivering his territorial chipping call.
Ours arrived a couple of days ago - trilling like mad. This is the first time I've noticed them without the White Throated sparrows singing, 'Poor Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody' over and above them. It took me a day to identify the chippies. I was convinced it was some sort of warbler. Clearly I need to spend more time with the bird song cd.
Thank you very much for the web page on these birds and a lot of others. I put on the Re Tailed Hawk, checked out its call. That is what is flying around here keeping the crows away. Beautiful bird that Red tailed Hawk.