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