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message 1: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
Maybe this is why I like Barb.

Do you have the same birds we do, but in the summertime?
They're so cute. They hang about in great big groups, squacking and fluffering their feathers. I like their webbed feet and cautious street crossing groups.


message 2: by RandomAnthony (last edited Dec 24, 2010 09:20AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments What about the poop? Their poop is like a dark green and everywhere were geese hang out.

We get tons of geese around here...sometimes I can hear entire gaggles (that's what a group of geese is called, right?) in the harbor, even though I'm about a half-mile away.


message 3: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
The poop is quite a spectacle. It is hard to avoid at times, and makes a disturbingly dry scrunch when you step on it.


message 4: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) The pedantic me would say, "It's Canada geese."

But I'll restrain.

They are spectacular in flight. I really like when they come swooping in, in a large group, honking like crazy, with their wings working backwards to slow for the splashdown. It's so primordial, and cool.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

We don't get Canadian geese. I have been wondering what birds we do have in common. Do you have magpies?


message 6: by Félix (last edited Dec 24, 2010 10:05AM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) There are magpies in the western states. Sally has them, I'm sure.


message 7: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
Ca-KAW KAW KAW!


message 8: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
They sound like fall.


message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Those crows/ravens/magpies/jays are all so damned smart, too. Very clever, social birds.


message 10: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
My friend Melissa got a cockatiel in jr. high around the same time as my family did. (mine was mitiku I don't know hers' name)
I just found out that her bird is still alive.


message 11: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments We have thousands of mid-sized black birds that swarm around the farm fields. A flock flew up in front of my car a few weeks ago. Three of them got hit, though only one was seriously injured (died).

We also have a lot of hawks, various small game birds, roadrunners and the occasional eagle. Oh, I almost forgot the doves and bats - a lot of each.


message 12: by Jonathan (last edited Dec 24, 2010 10:24AM) (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Just saw a cardinal (male) out in the park. Beautiful and very easy to spot this time of year.

In New York, we are, of course, overrun with pigeons and sparrows, but we also get a wide variety of other birds. Bluejays, woodpeckers, and owls are pretty common.

There was a pair of hawks nesting in Riverside Park this summer. Enormous birds.


message 13: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
Instead of cardinals we have jays here. Blue instead of red.

Represent!


message 14: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Jonathan wrote: "Just saw a cardinal (male) out in the park. Beautiful and very easy to spot this time of year."

Was it this one?




message 15: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
(((Phil is holding a penis, and pointing it at the back of a pair of overalls)))


message 16: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Yeah. That's him. Looked quite strange sitting in a tree.


message 17: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments We have cardinals, and Blue Jays, but the Blue Jays are a mean bird and never let the cardinals around when they are. We have a lot of chickadees, juncos, nuthatches and three different types of woodpeckers around a lot this time of year.


message 18: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments There were birds at my father-in-law's house that lived inside the cactus plants. Maybe woodpeckers? They poked holes in the plants and just moved in.


message 19: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Everybody needs a home.


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Phil wrote: "There were birds at my father-in-law's house that lived inside the cactus plants. Maybe woodpeckers? They poked holes in the plants and just moved in."

They could be cactus wrens Phil.


message 21: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments ::goes off to google "cactus wrens"::


message 22: by Phil (last edited Dec 24, 2010 10:52AM) (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Now I've discovered there are many birds in the desert southwest who will live inside a cactus. The cactus wren, the woodpecker and the gilded flicker appear to be the most common.

Gilded Flicker at home:




message 23: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
I like Phil's bird pictures.


message 24: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
(they make me think of peen)


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

That is just Phil's influence on you Sally. If Jonathan had posted the picture you would have been thinking of birds.


message 26: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Cactus peen. OUCH!


message 27: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments ::Trying to forget about cactus peen::


message 28: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Painful memories, Jim?


message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments None yet Phil, just too painful to think about.


message 30: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments That reminds me of a song by "The Goodies" that I heard a few times on the Dr. Demento show. You really need the music for the full effect, but you can get the gist from the lyrics.

It's called, "A Cactus in My Y-Fronts"

My name is Two Gun Pierre
I wear rose buds in my hair
And a chic-chic pink bandanna round my neck

I came down from Tennessee
With a cowboy on my knee
And a pair of leather chaps around my legs ... hold on boys!

I was down in Cripple Creek
I was dying for a leak
So I dropped my pants behind a cactus there

When I fastened up my belt
I can't tell ya how I felt
But I knew the meaning of a prickly pear ... ouch!!

Oh I've got a cactus in my y-fronts and a vulture round my head
I've just been kissed by a Tennessee miss and I wish that I were dead

I've a jockstrap made of leather and pants of PVC (ee - ee - ee - ee - ee - ee)

The cactus in my y-fronts make a loser out of me!

In Californ - i - a
Where the rustlers are so gay
I bought a gentle gee-gee name of Jacques

But he livened up a lot
When he felt my prickly spot
And that buckin' bronco broke my buckin' back!

So I walked up to Nevada
Where the gals try so much harder
And I met a beefy belle called Caroline

But when she felt my prickles
She cried "Oh Lord, that tickles!"
And now she's run off with a porcupine

Oh I've got a cactus in my y-fronts and a vulture round my head
I've just been kissed by a Tennessee miss and I wish that I were dead

Do you like my high heeled horseshoes, I got them from Paree (ee - ee - ee - ee - ee - ee)

The cactus in my y-fronts make a loser out of me!

Alright horsey, hoof me a chorus
[tapping and neighing sounds]
Oh what a great hoof!

It's the yodelling coyote
[howling sounds]

Oh I've got a cactus in my y-fronts and a vulture round my head
I've just been kissed by a Tennessee miss and I wish that I were dead

I've got sequins on my saddle and I smell like a jasmine tree (ee - ee - ee - ee - ee - ee)

The cactus in my y-fronts make a loser out of me!



message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments ::really trying not to think about cactus peen::


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

Would an Eastern Spine Bill distract you Jim. We have these in my garden. They are one of my favourite birds.




message 33: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) What a lovely bird.


message 34: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments Is anyone else getting lots of Meadowlarks at the bird feeder? I have been, ever since I put out a block of suet. They are BIG birds.


message 35: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments This Meadowlark is HUGE!




message 36: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I ran into to him in Portland this past year. He was hanging out in the lobby of the Marriott Courtyard. He was carrying around a red white and blue basketball.


message 37: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments The old ABA ball?




message 38: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Anyone know what this is? I feel a fondness for it.




message 39: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Hint: Jim, it has nothing to do with either prickly desert flora or male genitalia.


message 40: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) As a friend's dear mother used to say, that's just a "shittin' machine."


message 41: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Jonathan wrote: "The old ABA ball?"

Hmmmm ... no, I think the stripes were narrower than that.


message 42: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
Oh Phil. Oh Larry. Oh, Johnathan.



Oh Phil


message 43: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) It's a Canada goose. Or is it a Canada gander?


message 44: by Sarah (last edited Dec 27, 2010 10:29AM) (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments
My bird can beat up your bird.


message 45: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) What is that?


message 46: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Southern Ground Hornbill. That pic isn't mine, but the one I saw at Kruger was at least two or three feet tall and looked like he meant business.
I was hoping to see a Secretary Bird but I didn't.



I've never bird-watched before, but it was fun.




message 47: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
Larry wrote: "It's a Canada goose. Or is it a Canada gander?"

HA!


message 48: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
4.13, the first one I'd like to whistle at. Very much.


message 49: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Larry wrote: "It's a Canada goose. Or is it a Canada gander?"

Don't know. But what's good for the one is good for the other.


message 50: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Yes it is! Proverbially so.


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