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chickadees versus the volcano

2004-04-20 - 7:20 a.m.

Birds don't know what size they are. A few minutes ago, I was watching the Mockingbird at the suet feeder, and both Chickadee parents ganged up and smacked the Mockingbird on the back. It was hilarious. Now, the Mockingbird is the most aggressive of species and won't hesitate to take on cats, small owls, or crows, but there is a limit, and this Mockingbird decided to fly from feeder to fence where he sat, rather huffily, collecting his dignity. Score one for the Chickadees.


Madness. They say it was one of Hitler's rules that if you repeated a lie loudly enough, often enough, people would believe it. But I sometimes wonder if the media is deliberately testing us. Today, carries a report with this title: "Low-calorie diet may lengthen life -- Regimen reduces risk of diseases associated with aging." Talk about how to lie with statistics.

Yo, dudes, we have thousands of years of human history to prove that severely restrictive low-calorie diets do not lengthen life. Certainly, I'll be the first to admit that if you die of starvation, malnutrition, or anorexia/bulimia in your twenties, you will never develop Alzheimer's disease in your eighties. But let's have some common sense here. People who restrict die in their teens and twenties; people who overeat die in their fifties, sixties, and seventies.

But, what, are you going to believe all of time, history, and your own personal experience, or are you going to believe

They're screwing with us. Got to be. And the sad thing is they're right -- some people will believe it. Probably a lot of people. And some of those people, mostly young girls, will stop eating and die.


Damn, the Chickadee parents are cranked up. They've been dive-bombing the Mockingbirds all day. Just now they beat up on the male Red-Bellied Woodpecker. He tried to jab at the one coming from the front, so he got knocked in the head by the one coming from behind. Bam.

The Mississippi Kites are back, taking twigs out of the oak tree and flying off in the same direction they did yesterday. Why the twigs from this tree? I keep trying to make it into them building a nest in that tree, but there's no doubt what they're doing -- breaking twigs off the high branches and flying away with them.


Three Mississippi Kites just sailed by.

Hummingbird Report: At least one female RTHU at near feeder.

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