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.
Beautiful snowy day. I have only seen the usual suspects: Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Song Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, SC Junco, Cardinal, BC Chickadee, WB Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker. Somebody around must be offering Niger seed (which is not really thistle seed) because I haven't seen any Goldfinches. Hoping for something exciting to come by, like maybe a California Condor or a Dodo.
Oh my. Yesterday, my little white snowdrops bloomed, as did a small mass of yellow crocuses. The glads are up about 4 inches. Don't know where the heck the fancy Irises are--but, clearly spring has arrived in this part of the world. We go to the flower/garden show today--
I've got over 50 birds at the cracked corn, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Juncos, Mourning Doves etc. I also keep a thistle feeder and a sunflower heart feeder going and they're full of Goldfinch and Titmice. No Dodos yet but I'll keep the camera ready.
We get Pterodactyls at our birdfeeder here in Nashville. And on rare occasion, an Archaeopteryx, if the weather is just right. Have to watch out for the Phorushacid birds, though - they will eat your pets if you are not careful:
Nice snow there. Better you than me. Have had my fill for now. Still lots on the ground. Nice that the West coast is catching a break apple pie. Cannot wait for some blooms.
Pretty sure I saw a bald eagle about a quarter mile away last week. Mostly see stellar jays, some flickers and big crows and lots of ducks and geese at the waterfront.
There is a fight going on again about the city okaying the killing of some of the geese because there are so many and they make a real mess and they are stripping the grass on the quite expensive ball fields. Also the area there is the approach for small planes to the airport landing strip. When anyone brings up shooting some of the geese, the discussion turns nasty real quick. The head of city works guy who suggested it is now called Rambo. I like the geese but would not want to play soccer there. The field is covered in goose droppings.
We had a similar problem in the Seattle area. The ban on killing was lifted (quietly, very quietly) then the Asian community appeared at dusk with large bags like pillow cases. Zippee the problem was gone in about two weeks, and some folks (who don't need USDA inspectors) had some very good eats!