I just got a “like” from a gal named Laurie MacBride, who does a blog called “eye on environment.” I checked out a post she did on birds, which was quite cool, so I refer you all to her site.
Here’s the message I sent her:
“thanks for liking the hapHazard Hot Sheet. i just crossposted your bird post (Savoring Quiet Stretches) on my Green Knight Environmental page on Facebook. I once raised a baby mockingbird to adulthood and eventually reintroduced it to the wild. Your post made me think of an instance 5 years ago when i was hiking to work, and in a back alley there was a mourning dove sitting there, not flying away. It was January, and the poor birdie was FROZEN SOLID.I picked it up and put it over in some bushes. The next day, i was hiking around downtown, and another mourning dove fluttered down and stood by my feet. I guess the tribe was saying thanks.”
I like birds. I’m mostly into corvids, but they’re all cool. The attached photo is of a Steller’s jay, another corvid. They’re bold and brassy and raucous, and will fly down and steal food off your rustic woodsy camp table while you’re still sitting there eating breakfast. I don’t begrudge ’em, they’re fun. i was using Tim Zurowski’s photo, but he objected, so i removed it. I’m using one from Wikipedia now, which I figure is fair game for anybody. Free publicity, well, some people will still complain. As Todd Rundgren said, “no applause, just throw money.”