Friday, August 17, 2012

"Good" birds

End of another week of birding (and working) at West Campus.  This time 100% attributable to the efforts of Ms. Lynn Jones, since I was out, and out-of-it.  You'll likely be hearing more from Lynn in the next two weeks while I'm away, some near-away and some far-away.

Lynn saw a lot of good birds this week.  We love good birds.  We also love the lingo of our sport, in that there are even birds that we call "good birds".  What's NOT a good bird?  All birds are good birds - at least here in the wild frontier of West Campus - simply because we enjoy them.  If birds are ruining your fruit crops and eating your seed corn, then, they're not so good, eh?  But don't forget that they also consume mosquitoes, and locusts, and caterpillars, and and and. 

Good and bad, human labels.  Bird eats berries.  Berry bush loses a fruit.  Not good, not bad, just life.

Did I mention that Lynn saw a lot of good birds this week?  Hordes of American Robins and oh, about 27 other species as well.

West Campus birds for the week of August 13-17, 2012:
Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Black and White Warbler - those are in the "supergood" category
Barn and Tree Swallows, Cedar Waxwings, Chimney Swifts - these are good birds too
Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Mockingbird, Killdeer - our regular good birds
Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, Canada Goose - large good birds
More good birds:  Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay
And the last of the good birds:  Common Grackle, Mourning Dove, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, European Starling
Really??  you might ask.  Those last three are good birds?  Back to my words above - simply because we enjoy them.
I think by  now you're ready for me to go on vacation :-)
See you in September,

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