Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Call me Arethra!

Tufted Titmouse
Originally uploaded by Doxieone
I'm all dressed up for tonight's State of the Union address!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I like to wear this hat...

Northern Saw-whet Owl**
Originally uploaded by Doxieone
...when I'm reminiscing about the Inauguration.

Monday, January 18, 2010

My favorite story

Red-tailed Hawk
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
I love this story. But how could I not? One of the main characters is Vanessa Redtail!
The Curious Adventures of Max the Maggot.

Down Memory Lane: On this day in 1993

Lorena Bobwhite was acquitted on all charges of having mutilated her husband, John Bobwhite, after her attorney, Perry Racin' Pigeon, called a surprise witness to the stand. Dr. Richard Killdeer testified under oath that John Bobwhite never had a penis in the first place.

All you night owls out there...

Peregrine Falcon
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
Curse you and your kind.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Here's hoping Philadelphia Eagles fans are pretty liberal

Bald Eagle near nest
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
Even though Philadelphia is where America pretty much got its start and where they named ME as the national emblem, the Philadelphia Eagles are not named for me, but for the "Blue Eagle," a symbol used for the New Deal stimulus programs initiated during the Great Depression.

Interesting little tidbit

Here's an interesting little tidbit. We ravens do not live in Baltimore nor do we visit there, so we've been arguing about why they picked us to represent their football team. But it turns out it's because Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore on and off and is buried there. Huh--people are just so silly.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I like Thoreau, too...

...but my favorite of his works is Civil Disobedience.

Hey--I'm a cosmopolite!!

Canada Goose
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
I've finally reached the conclusion in Thoreau's Walden, and this is how he begins:
TO the sick the doctors wisely recommend a change of air and scenery. Thank Heaven, here is not all the world. The buckeye does not grow in New England, and the mocking-bird is rarely heard here. The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern bayou. Even the bison to some extent keeps pace with the seasons, cropping the pastures of the Colorado only till a greener and sweeter grass awaits him by the Yellowstone. Yet we think that if rail-fences are pulled down, and stone-walls piled up on our farms, bounds are henceforth set to our 'lives and our fates decided. If you are chosen town clerk, forsooth, you cannot go to Terra del Fuego this summer: but you may go to the land of infernal fire nevertheless. The universe is wider than our views of it.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New years resolutions??!!

Canada Goose
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
Yuck. I like me just the way I am.

Eat your hearts out, you eagles

HAHAHA! Look what Ben Franklin wrote in a letter to his daughter:
For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country...

I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A fresh new year...

But the same old mousey diet. Oh, well.