Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I love Flickr and Flickers

I was good today. No below-freezing treks through an unknown bit of forest. All I did was drop the girls off and go to a park and sit in my car, returning RAPTOR calls.
I was so goofy last night. If I left a nonsensical comment on your blog, I apologize. And hopefully I made you laugh.
Word of the Day:

conflate \kuhn-FLAYT\, transitive verb:
1. To bring together; to fuse together; to join or meld.
2. To combine (as two readings of a text) into one whole.

princess dirty face
Princess Dirty Face. She had snuck into the Cheetos while I was passed out on the couch this afternoon. This is one of her birthday presents. An Ariel (Little Mermaid for those of you without little girls in your life) wedding gown with a hoop skirt.
orange house finch
I have seen both yellow-tinged and orange-tinged male house finches at the feeders this winter. This one is leaning on the orange side. Red feathers are an expensive feather to grow if you are a bird, and the redness of the bird is in direct correlation to the fitness of the bird. I read an article today that suggests that orange and yellow house finches may be related to the occurance of avian pox in the population. Interesting.
looking through the bars
"Nobody knows...the trouble I've seen...nobody knows...my sorrow"
flicker eye
I had a bit of joy arrive with a female yellow-shafted Northern Flicker.
flicker 1
I have always seen them in the backyard, grabbing ants from the base of our trees, but today was the first time I saw one at the suet feeder. Interesting fact: They have barbed tongues, to help them lap up ants. Yummy. And for Laura, our Spanish guru: Their name in Spanish is
carpintero alirrojo.
fat flicker
Fat Flicker.
back of flicker
They are so utterly gorgeous. This was the first yellow-shafted I have seen, also.
yellow shafted

Those yellow feathers were mesmerizing.
flicker on the sidewalk
She got spooked by the ginormous flock of starlings that wanted a piece of the suet too. So she sat on our sidewalk and glared at them.
But flickers also make me sad.
October 19, 2004 was the first time I saw a flicker in our yard. It was also the first time my Dad had ever been admitted to a hospital. And that was the day he died.
So when I see a flicker, I go back to that day, talking on the phone with my cousin Mary Lou, telling her about Dad going to the hospital because he had a fever. I was looking out the kitchen window, all excited about seeing my first yard flicker. And about 8 hours later, Dad was gone.

a towhee says what
And just to end this post with a little brevity:
"A towhee says WHAT?"
I will be copying this post into my other blog to see how it goes.
What is keeping me from going back over there for good is the fact that some of you couldn't view the WordPress blog. If you still can't, let me know.


NatureWoman said...

I *love* flickers so much - thank you for sharing your fat girls. I'm so sorry they are associated with your Dad's dying. :(
Your princess dirty face is so pretty in her princess dress!
Conflate - hmmmm, I conflated photos and documents to produce a powerpoint presentation today.
I hope you're beginning to feel better. I know it takes a while!

Mary said...

I'm copying and pasting this from your new site:

A towhee says, “Drink your tea!” Great post Susan, with AWESOME bird photos. I’m glad you are away from Loopyness (is that a word?) and back with snapping away. I envy your feeder visitors.

Want to add, "Princess Dirty Face" is a gift. Treasure her.

LauraHinNJ said...

I love the gadabout manner in which you've conflated today's events!

(I think I'm the loopy one. Suffering from cabin-fever).

Susan Gets Native said...

Good use of CONFLATE! See, we will all be smarter thanks to my blog.
I feel better, thanks to the antibiotics and inhaler. The cough syrup seems just like a recreational drug.

My princess just makes me all fuzzy inside. I can't believe I made such a sweet little person.
I still feel a bit goofy. No sleep last night. Just weird, drug-induced thoughts.

You show off.
I feel the cabin fever, too. I hate to be sick. If I wasn't I would be out there tramping through the frozen woods.

katdoc said...

Ooh, is it a contest? A towhee says "tow-HEE" as well as "Drink your TEEEEAAA!"

I haven't had a towhee in my yard in years. I miss them.

Nice flicker pics - mine won't stay still long enough for photos.

I had my own ginormous starling flock yesterday. Grrr - I hate those birds!

I haven't been out birding in days - hope to go on Thursday.


Lynne said...

I love flickers too. Sorry they are tied to your Dad's passing for you. You fat flicker photo kind of looks like she is wearing a push-up bra!!

The Swami said...

Interesting pattern on "Fat Flicker."

Looks like he was splattered with ink.

Rondeau Ric said...

I didn't know you used Flickr. I'm really hooked.

wengchun said...

interesting to see the bird feeders working so efficiently and effectively...