[Mnbird] Mnbird Digest, Vol 58, Issue 5

Pamela Freeman gleskarider at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 12:52:38 CDT 2019


Thank you for that!
I know many use Facebook now, but I do not. I work in technology, and in
data, even!
And I forswear off of social media but for LinkedIn, and I am careful about
what I allow to be used of mine.
It is fine, if you do not care, I suppose, but, nothing is gotten for free.
It is alarming how many trackers are involved alone on apps on smart phones.
And yes, I use one. I do not eschew tech, I am just careful about using
it.

Anyway, because of the high use of FB now, I know that many who used to
post on MNBIRD do so no longer, and no longer read it.
That is regretful, but it is the way of things.
I also still enjoy writing longhand. Who does THAT anymore?

Someday, I suppose, with the disappearance of more birds and even perhaps
yards, people will view via Virtual Reality devices the birds that SHOULD
be in that vicinity.
Then instead of posting what birds are where, people might post for rare
sightings based on some program that intermittantly makes them show up here
and there based on some probability algorithm, for a brief period of time.
Those hooked in at the right time will get to sight that bird and can post
it to some site automatically linked to their device registered when their
eyes and brain register it correctly.
Hopefully I won't be around if that reality really occurs. It doesn't sound
at all like what I prefer, quiet walks where I can hear things softly
calling, pausing to let the squirrel stop chattering over my presence so
that all the winged and furry things come back out. I like to hear the wind
whisper in the pines, and shush the oaks.
I like to find the tiny nest hidden in the bush that I passed by nearly
every day, never knowing it was there until the leaves were just as the
birds were, fledged and gone in the wind. And see how carefully it was
stitched together with grass, spider webs, and what else. Leaving it be,
because it is more of a gift where it is.

Thank you to those who respond to posts - it makes me know you are out
there, and makes it worthwhile to well, continue posting!

I enjoy each and every one that I read, and in the spring, I follow them,
looking for where the orioles are and trying to forecast when they will
arrive here.
Cindy in Mankato - I especially look to you for that!

Good birding to all!
Pamela

- Pamela
Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to
accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Unknown

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
― Aldo Leopold
I am one who cannot.


On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM Betsy Kerr via Mnbird <
mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:

> I just want to say thanks to Brian and Cindy and to Pamela for sharing
> their observations of the changing bird activity around them.  I regret
> that MNBird is so little used these days, and I especially appreciate
> observations from those who have the good fortune to live in places that
> have more bird activity in the immediate vicinity than my suburban yard.
>
> Happy Fall to all,
> Betsy Kerr
> Golden Valley, MN
>
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>>    1. Fall is in the Air (Brian and Cindy)
>>    2. Re: Fall is in the Air (Pamela Freeman)
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>> Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:43:37 -0500
>> From: Brian and Cindy <bcdrill at charter.net>
>> To: Mnbird at lists.mnbird.net
>> Subject: [Mnbird] Fall is in the Air
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>> Good afternoon---enjoying what I hope is not the last gorgeous day, but
>> definitely a fine one.
>>
>> Have begun hearing Fall sounds at daybreak, the ones I haven't heard
>> since Spring--geese sounding as they pass overhead, some light warbler
>> noises in the trees, Blue Jays calling, and this morning the soft sound
>> of a robin as well.? Once the sun is up, the goldfinches are the most
>> prevalent bird at the feeders, mostly young ones with constant calling
>> and adorable bumbling flight. Practice makes perfect.? Chickadees are
>> feeding in small groups as well.? Nearly silent visits by wrens and
>> catbirds, scurrying in and out of the flower garden tangle, not the
>> noisy visits from early summer.? This afternoon, so far 2 sightings of a
>> Common Yellow Throat.? Still, summer hangs on with the presence of
>> hummingbirds yet at the feeders.
>>
>> I have a non-feathered garden friend as well.? We discovered that a
>> brown anole has taken up residence in the flower garden.? The assumption
>> being that he was a stow-away in one of the Florida-import plants I
>> purchased in the Spring, and he managed to escape attention until about
>> 3 weeks ago.? Too small, and your eye needs to learn to spot him, the
>> same way you learn to see birds. We are enjoying him, although we
>> understand that his summer here will end tragically once the weather has
>> turned cold.? He has this wonderful full scale terrarium to live in for
>> now, and has no interest in being captured.? Cindy in North Mankato
>>
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>> Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:18:58 -0500
>> From: Pamela Freeman <gleskarider at gmail.com>
>> To: Brian and Cindy <bcdrill at charter.net>
>> Cc: mnbird <Mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
>> Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Fall is in the Air
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>> An anole! How fun, but yes, how tragic, unless he or she does allow
>> themselves to be caught. But perhaps that would be more tragic, to be then
>> imprisoned.
>> We always assume life, the continuation of living, is the highest state to
>> attain, but I think for many wild things, and some of us who just assume
>> wildness, freedom is a higher state than mere living.
>>
>> In my Oak Grove, Anoka county yard and garden I have been watching the
>> leaving of summer's colorful birds as well. It made me wonder if the
>> trees,
>> having to say goodbye to the colorful birds of summer, in missing them,
>> shed their green so as to become enrobed in the colors of the birds they
>> miss.  And so we have autumn's colors.
>>
>> I have been enjoying a small flock of zipping and darting dashingly cute
>> Nashville warblers in fall plumage. They are dainty and darling birds. i
>> love them.
>> They seem to find much to dine on in amongst the tangle of foliage of the
>> zinnias and cosmos.
>> They have stuck around now for nearly a week.
>>
>> Every night for the last couple of weeks or so we hear swans softly
>> trumpeting  as if muted from our pond. Now and then we hear cranes, always
>> announcing their arrival and leave taking. As do the geese who must
>> announce the arrival of any and all and even those who are merely flying
>> over and may be suspect arrivals. All must be announced and alarms sounded
>> with much head bobbing.
>>
>> The swans, when the leave, do not shout out their leaving, but we know,
>> never the less, because of the great plashing as their wings powerfully
>> beat the water in their lift off.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> - Pamela
>> Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take
>> to
>> accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Unknown
>>
>> ?There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.?
>> ? Aldo Leopold
>> I am one who cannot.
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 3:44 PM Brian and Cindy via Mnbird <
>> mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
>>
>> > Good afternoon---enjoying what I hope is not the last gorgeous day, but
>> > definitely a fine one.
>> >
>> > Have begun hearing Fall sounds at daybreak, the ones I haven't heard
>> > since Spring--geese sounding as they pass overhead, some light warbler
>> > noises in the trees, Blue Jays calling, and this morning the soft sound
>> > of a robin as well.  Once the sun is up, the goldfinches are the most
>> > prevalent bird at the feeders, mostly young ones with constant calling
>> > and adorable bumbling flight. Practice makes perfect.  Chickadees are
>> > feeding in small groups as well.  Nearly silent visits by wrens and
>> > catbirds, scurrying in and out of the flower garden tangle, not the
>> > noisy visits from early summer.  This afternoon, so far 2 sightings of a
>> > Common Yellow Throat.  Still, summer hangs on with the presence of
>> > hummingbirds yet at the feeders.
>> >
>> > I have a non-feathered garden friend as well.  We discovered that a
>> > brown anole has taken up residence in the flower garden.  The assumption
>> > being that he was a stow-away in one of the Florida-import plants I
>> > purchased in the Spring, and he managed to escape attention until about
>> > 3 weeks ago.  Too small, and your eye needs to learn to spot him, the
>> > same way you learn to see birds. We are enjoying him, although we
>> > understand that his summer here will end tragically once the weather has
>> > turned cold.  He has this wonderful full scale terrarium to live in for
>> > now, and has no interest in being captured.  Cindy in North Mankato
>> >
>> >
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