Friday, March 28, 2014

The Consequence of Reporting on Sturnus vulgaris (European starlings)


On Sunday, March 16th 2014, the day before a number of folks were due to celebrate the Saint Patrick's Day holiday, and two days after my last post here on Blogger, I realized another holiday was taking place, which was the 124th anniversary of the arrival of the bird type known as Sturnus vulgaris (European starlings) in New York City, the city where I live and have an urban garden that this bird type is now visiting.

I'm not happy about this situation as these European starlings seem to have driven Emily, my lone Baltimore oriole away, for as I said in my last Blogger entry, "I've not seen her since February 16th 2014, which was the third day of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBCC), and thankfully I was able to enjoy her antics (which I've documented) on that day."

In any event, whether I care for starlings or not, is hardly the point, for, I did find it interesting to learn about the circumstances surrounding the anniversary of the their arrival in Manhattan and I posted the information on hometalk in honor of their day, March 16th 1890.

The following day, Saint Patrick's Day, on TLLG's FB Page, I made note of the fact that starlings had green coloring in their feathers. After all, it seemed apropos, on a holiday when some folks wear green to honor the Saint Patrick's holiday, to make mention of birds that have green coloring in their feathers. And, once again, whether I care for starlings or not, is hardly the point, for, I did find it interesting to see green in their feathers on Saint Patrick's Day.

I could never have anticipated an email that I got from a stranger who was outraged at me, and stated, "there is no room in the gardening world for people who love starlings."

Now, I must confess, that just as some of my visiting birds have been intimidated by the presence of starlings in my garden, I am a bit intimidated in posting within my own cyber-venues!

Friday, March 14, 2014

MARCH: The month of NO's?



Thomas Hood wrote a poem called "No." Here it is:

No sun - no moon! 
No morn - no noon - 
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. 
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, 
No comfortable feel in any member - 
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, 
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! - 
November! 


Hood's poem may be familiar to TLLG's readers for I've referred to it in a number of cyber venues. including a prior post here on Blogger.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ode to a Tufted Titmouse and Dearly Departed Flora


It has often been said that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. I don't know much about making God laugh, but I do know that if I want to make my muse laugh, I'll tell her my plans, which is something I not only told her last week, but also posted here on Blogger, where I stated that in going forward with this blog, "I'll return to posting more in depth content within my blogging venues: Bloggertumblr as well as hometalkI'll leave the shorter content for FB readers, who will always be directed to my blogging in case they want to read more."

A week has passed and my postings have been confined to Facebook, not only my page, but the pages of others such as Birds, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Ellen Show, and WBU-Paramus

I find it difficult to give up old habits and routines, but be that as it may, today's post is an attempt to act on the plan I laid out in my previous entry here on Blogger, and so without further ado, I give you today's post where I am honoring a very sweet bird.