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the hazards of snooping and the current yard list

2003-03-23 - 10:07 a.m.

I must admit that I often read other peoples' diaries. A Scorpio must snoop and, besides, I rationalize that I can gain a better understanding of the very deep differences in the way that people think. The risk, of course, is that occasionally I read something that seems to me to have been written by a madwoman -- in this case, a pro-war "Christian" fundamentalist rant*, which made little sense but managed to include the offensive nugget that our soldiers killed in combat are more fortunate than we because they are in heaven. The diary entered with a prayer for the "end times" to come quickly. "Please, dear Lord, take us home soon."

In my view, it is pure evil to pray for the end of God's creation. Leave me out of your "us," lady. I am home.

Well, it is too beautiful a day to spend much time fretting over the people who can't love the planet they already have. I'm watching the romance of the Chickadees, with the solicitous male bringing food to his mate. I'm even enjoying a last touch of winter -- two White-Throated Sparrows lurking in the Trumpet Honeycreeper, which was dead enough to attract woodpecker interest a short while back and which is now leafing out more green every day.

Here's where I stand on the yard list. It includes any established, accepted bird species seen from the yard but not obvious non-breeding escapees like the Black-Masked Lovebird who once visited for a few days.

  1. Double-crested Cormorant
  2. Great Egret
  3. Northern Harrier
  4. Red-shouldered Hawk
  5. Cooper's Hawk
  6. Red-Tailed Hawk
  7. Bald Eagle
  8. Killdeer
  9. Rock Dove
  10. Eurasian Collared Dove
  11. Mourning Dove
  12. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  13. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
  14. Black-Chinned Hummingbird
  15. Calliope Hummingbird
  16. Red-headed Woodpecker
  17. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  18. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
  19. Pileated Woodpecker
  20. Downy Woodpecker
  21. Eastern Kingbird
  22. Eastern Phoebe
  23. Blue Jay
  24. American Crow
  25. Fish Crow
  26. Carolina Chickadee
  27. Tufted Titmouse
  28. Carolina Wren
  29. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  30. Golden-Crowned Kinglet
  31. Eastern Bluebird
  32. American Robin
  33. Hermit Thrush
  34. Northern Mockingbird
  35. Brown Thrasher
  36. Cedar Waxwing
  37. Loggerhead Shrike
  38. European Starling
  39. Yellow-rumped Warbler, "Myrtle" type
  40. Black-throated Green Warbler
  41. Pine Warbler
  42. Hooded Warbler
  43. Orange-Crowned Warbler
  44. Northern Cardinal
  45. Blue Grosbeak
  46. American Goldfinch
  47. White-throated Sparrow
  48. Red-winged Blackbird
  49. Brown-headed Cowbird
  50. Boat-Tailed Grackle
  51. Common Grackle
  52. House Finch
  53. House Sparrow
  54. Song Sparrow


The female Blue Grosbeak was back. I want a male!


A little mystery here: The two White-Throated Sparrows are staying close together. One is the tan type, and the other is the white type. The white one had a ruffled neck, as if she were a female and they had been mating. Do they pair up before they reach their breeding territories? Does this pair intend to stay for the summer?

I once didn't realize that any American Robins stayed down here for the summer, until a pair bred and raised three babies in the big oak tree hanging over my backyard. I remember finding a broken egg, of the classic Robin's egg blue, and thinking, Hmm, looks like a Robin's egg. Then I looked up and saw the nest.


I tried to add a Birding diaryring, but I can't get it to show up. Fuss and cuss. It would probably have a limited demand here, but it would be nice to have a way for the birders to find other bird-y diaries. There is a man on the listserv, who often birds South Farm and who posts his birding list almost every day. I wish he would get a diary, to provide a permanent record of his sightings.

*I won't link or give a name, because I don't believe in calling out people for being honest in their diaries.

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