Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New boys

Looked out the window just now and saw these new boys at the feeder. Pretty, aren't they? They're two male Rose-breasted grosbeaks - from the map I think they're just passing through, but maybe we're high enough for them to stay the summer, though I don't remember seeing them in the summer before. Guess I'll find out.

(There's a mockingbird photo-bombing this one, but he's blurry)

two male rose-breasted grosbeaks on different feeders

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

male rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Plant a tree

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best is now." ...

BCN family planting a tiny tree and Tommy saying 'somewhere in th future, this tiny tree is big and strong. And this place is a little nicer for it.'

Happy Earth Day!

(source)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Birds!

Some birds in the back

Male American goldfinch, molting into summer duds


This one's already all bright for summer


American crow


Pair of Northern cardinals - she looks frazzled


Brown thrasher


Blue jay


This female cardinal looks more put together


Male Downy woodpecker


A couple of Tufted titmice



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"Editing" does not include copy editing

list with 4 numbered items, then a break while protagonist explains why she's adding more, then added items starting with 1Or so I must conclude when I see a page like this in a book that lists one person and two companies under "editing".

A good copy editor should have caught this. This is how a computer - in this case Vellum™ - does lists. (Though with just a bit of work you can make most of them resume with 5.)

No actual person scribbling notes on paper does this. Not even after several days would you add to your list with 1 again.


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    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Ablutions

    A male Northern cardinal enjoys the bird bath


    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

    male cardinal in bird bath

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    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    April showers

    Another rainy day in East Tennessee...

    a couple of Blue jays

    blue jay in rain

    blue jay in rain

    blue jay in rain

    a Northern mockingbird
    mockingbird in rain

    a female Eastern towhee

    female towhee in rain

    and a particularly bedraggled-looking American crow

    crow in rain

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    At 10:26 AM, April 18, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

    At least you got rain. Yesterday we had 1" snow, and some more is forecast for tomorrow. Neither the local birds nor daffodils blooming in our yard can be happy about this situation.

     

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    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    of course he's not

    Of course he's not in favor of "surrendering to words". Because if it doesn't offend a White Guy, it can't possibly offend anybody.


    Fair disclosure: (1) I know this poster; he's very conservative and proud of it.  (2) I grew up saying that. I've tried not to for quite a while now.

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    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Downed tree

    So I just heard a crashing sound and went onto the deck to see this. Big old mostly, maybe all, dead pine just went down. So much rain the ground is quite saturated, so even though the winds weren't extraordinarily high - gusts to 30 mph - the tree couldn't stand. At least it went down the ridge, not sideways, though it still wouldn't have hit my house. (Might have hit the neighbors' if it had fallen uphill.)

    Worst thing is, it took out several smaller trees when it fell, and one was the tree I'd seen the bluebirds preparing to nest in. This late in April, they might have had a nest already there. Hopefully they can find another spot close around.




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    Happy? Friday

    happy friday the thirteenth

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