collapse

Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 2217 times)

yewberry

  • Grand Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 1775
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2014, 11:41:42 pm »
Quote from: Altair;145211
The same! Hearing the first red-wing is my #1 sign of spring. It usually happens here in the metro NYC area at the end of Feb beginning of March...as it did this year, despite our prolonged polar vortex.


What do you mean by red-wing?  Agelaius phoeniceus?  Or something that doesn't live on my side of the Rockies?

But on the subject of spring birds:  I'm finding my semi-broody speckled Sussex hen tragicomic.  She's been running off and laying her eggs in a clutch under a hollowed-out cedar stump.  She'll spend about an hour with them every day, then leave when I offer a snack and completely forget about them.  The pile grows, but it's so buried in blackberries I can't get the eggs out without a major excavation with leather gloves.  Poor thing hasn't figured this mothering thing out yet.

Just above, the bush tits are hunkered down with their eggs and grown quiet.  I find their nests so charming and homey.  I think about them when it rains or blows (it'll do both tonight...I'll totally miss the eclipse AGAIN).  I hope they built a sturdy nursery!

Brina

Altair

  • Adept Member
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Posts: 2825
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 257
  • Fly high and make the world follow
    • View Profile
    • Songs of the Metamythos
  • Religion: tree-hugging pagan
  • Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2014, 02:56:18 pm »
Quote from: yewberry;145245
What do you mean by red-wing?  Agelaius phoeniceus?  


Yes, Agelaius phoeniceus, the red-winged blackbird; birders often say "red-wing" for short, although that leaves the possibility for confusion with the European species of that name. Since the redwing (Europe's version) almost never strays to American shores, you're usually safe throwing the term around without confusion.

(Unlike our red-winged blackbird, the redwing is actually a Turdus thrush, related to our American robin...which is only very distantly related to the European robin...but both the American robin and the redwing are closely related to Europe's common blackbird, another Turdus thrush...but the European blackbird has little or no kinship with our American blackbirds. Bird nomenclature can give you a headache...)

Quote from: yewberry;145245

Just above, the bush tits are hunkered down with their eggs and grown quiet.  I find their nests so charming and homey.  I think about them when it rains or blows (it'll do both tonight...I'll totally miss the eclipse AGAIN).  I hope they built a sturdy nursery!



We had clouds, so I missed it too.

Enjoy the bushtit nest! I've heard they make interesting ones. They're a unique species I've only seen once or twice and know very little about.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

yewberry

  • Grand Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 1775
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2014, 11:14:21 pm »
Quote from: Altair;145299
Yes, Agelaius phoeniceus, the red-winged blackbird; birders often say "red-wing" for short, although that leaves the possibility for confusion with the European species of that name. Since the redwing (Europe's version) almost never strays to American shores, you're usually safe throwing the term around without confusion.


I've honestly never heard them referred to that way, but I'm not a birder!

Quote
Enjoy the bushtit nest! I've heard they make interesting ones. They're a unique species I've only seen once or twice and know very little about.

 
Oh, I think you should enjoy it too.  So I rushed outside and took a pic before it got too dark.  A family of them has been making a nest in the same spot on that tree for probably five years now.  I assume this is offspring, but I have no idea how long they live.

Brina

Altair

  • Adept Member
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Posts: 2825
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 257
  • Fly high and make the world follow
    • View Profile
    • Songs of the Metamythos
  • Religion: tree-hugging pagan
  • Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2014, 08:09:37 am »
Quote from: yewberry;145340

Oh, I think you should enjoy it too.  So I rushed outside and took a pic before it got too dark.

 
Oh, neat! It's like a woven, hanging hobbit hole! Thanks for the pic
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

yewberry

  • Grand Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 1775
  • Attack: 100
    Defense: 100
    Attack Member
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #49 on: April 16, 2014, 08:29:33 am »
Quote from: Altair;145350
Oh, neat! It's like a woven, hanging hobbit hole! Thanks for the pic

 
It's directly over my clothesline, but they're impeccably neat and never crap on my work shirts.  Wish I could say the same for the robins...

Brina

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
16 Replies
2776 Views
Last post March 15, 2012, 07:11:23 pm
by MarieBay
1 Replies
1750 Views
Last post March 10, 2012, 09:56:21 pm
by Melamphoros
3 Replies
468 Views
Last post March 24, 2012, 12:05:19 pm
by RandallS
8 Replies
17101 Views
Last post March 10, 2013, 09:15:38 am
by rocquelaire
36 Replies
2367 Views
Last post April 28, 2018, 04:23:31 pm
by ehbowen

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 29
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 0

There aren't any users online.

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Co-Hosts:
LyricFox & Randall

Senior Staff:
Darkhawk

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Sunflower

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Board Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, HarpingHawke, Jenett, Morag, rocquelaire, Sefiru

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Reserve Staff:
Aisling

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Cauldron Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]

Site Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]
Webmaster:
Randall