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.
My blackbirds arrived up here today. They are my first sign of approaching Spring. Five days later than last year (yes, I write the date in pencil on my cabin wall, next to the window. Doesn't everybody?). Using basic math, that means we must be 1.36% colder this year than last year, and are entering an ominous cooling period. What is snow-cover, after all, but the big glacier - in kindergarten? Or in senescence?
What are blackbirds? It's generic for grackles, red-wings, cowbirds, and their relatives, around here. They flock together and migrate together, as birds of a feather do. In breeding season, though, they stick with their own kind. Very wise to do so.
I know exactly when they arrive, because they remember me, and empty my bird feeder in five minutes. Very hungry after their overnight flight, irritable, mentally ragged, noisily complaining, and jet-lagged. Like the Jet Blue customers.
Soon, very soon, we will have the joy of seeing the high mountain blue bird come down and stay with us for a while. They are such a pale, but bright blue it is almost startling. The best part of all is their song. Ummm can't wait. Thanks for the chirp up!
The lead Grackles arrived today. I don't keep records, but it seems like they are somewhere etween on-time and a day or two late. Of course we have robins off and on all winter so they don't signal much.
The Juncos are still here, so I'm not convinced winter is over.
("Here" is Eastern Nebraska, where we have been seeing Geese of and on all winter saw several flights of them Northbound out over the Platte this morning.
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.