Pier pressure

A male common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) standing on a pier (2009_05_04_018308)

Despite my better intentions, I’ve been on a forced sabbatical from the web.  This has generated not too small a bit of peer pressure as I’ve been remiss in visiting my online friends, let alone posting anything here.  Poor xenogere began to feel like a kennel with all the dogs gone.

No, emptier even than that.

But whatever impetus I felt to be online was self-imposed at best.  Life moves forward of its own volition with nary a thought for whatever obligations our imagination cooks up for us.

That truth notwithstanding, however, I do feel bad for not being out and about on the web of late.  I’ll try to do better.

Meanwhile, have some photos of “trash birds” perched on my favorite pier at White Rock Lake, the one in Sunset Bay.  Now this is real pier pressure.  And you can obviously see how trashy these bird species really are.

A rock dove (a.k.a. common pigeon; Columba livia) standing on a pier (2008_12_27_003613)

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  1. My apologies to anyone who’s tried to comment recently, most especially to several of you who tried to comment on yesterday’s entry.  Comments were broken due to a fat-fingered mistake I made in the code.  Oops.
  2. I really do have a bur under my saddle about the phrase “trash bird,” most especially when it’s used by those of stature within the naturalist community.  And while I desperately want to beat the drum of that rant, it will have to wait until I have the wherewithal to tackle it.  Just be warned that it’s coming.


  1. Male common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
  2. Rock dove (a.k.a. common pigeon; Columba livia)

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8 thoughts on “Pier pressure”

  1. Hi Jason,

    I agree with you on the rejection of the phrase “trash bird”. I have some heard biologists and birders use this, and It makes me highly annoyed. It is a kind of elitism that implies that being common is of less intrinsic value than being rare. All living species are pinnacles of evolution…they have survived. Why disdain them for success?

    If there is a truly ‘trash species’, than surely it is human kind.

    Looking forward to your rant!

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  3. Hmmm ‘trash birds’ may be an Americanism. We may call seagulls / ibis scavengers occasionally..but not as an accepted term. Pigeons do get called winged rats though..but good to have you back online..though a break is healthy 🙂

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