Friday, March 23, 2018

Icicles and Sournotes

Greetings friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel standing in the last snowy area in my yard.

It's on the north corner of the yard next to the house and the shed where the sunshine can't reach it long enough to melt it like in the rest of the yard.

Another Friday has arrived and we still have no flowers! But we do have one thing to show you that might be just as nice. 

The snow drift on the roof has been melting. The dripping water made icicles on the yew bushes! 


In the evening we were serenaded by a gaggle of grackles. Oh joy! After announcing their initial arrival way too soon on February 27th, a big snow storm rolled in, crashed their party, and cancelled their grandiose performance. So this is their second debut. You wouldn't believe the racket they made: an inharmonious cacophony of screeching and squawking and bragging!

If that wasn't bad enough, they proceeded to raid the birdie feeder and chased all the little birdies away.  There's a link at the end of this post if you care to read more about these pesky birdies.

Can you see Mr. Seedcruncher CEO of Sparrows Incorporated trying to get a perch on the feeder? I'm sure he's not very happy about this situation either. I agree with him that there's not much worse than a mob of pompous, magniloquent grackles! Of course I went out to chase them away.

At least we got a nice sunset after that clangorous crowd left for the night! 

Just before the sun went down, we heard the Stodgy Robin Society tuning up for their Spring performances. Hopefully they'll sound better than those horrid grackles!



  1. Your icicles are fantastic, Chester!

  2. We like your icicles. Our yard still has more than half covered in snow buy every day we get more grass. We're glad we don't get lots of grackles in our yard.

    1. I think we might put away the feeders for a little while until the grackles decide to leave.

  3. Your icicled plants are really cool. We still have lots of snow!

  4. OH, those icicles are amazing - Mother Nature really knows how to be artistic. As for those grackles, let the war begin.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  5. OMCs Chester you have icicle trees...I had no idea. They are very pretty and all different shapes
    Hugs madi your bfff

  6. The icicles are so pretty! Hope the grackles go away and let the robins sing
    Hazel & Mabel

  7. Those icicles are a work of art, by the Hands of Nature! We get more starlings here than grackles...but the effect is the same. Food stealers! And they decimate the suet cakes in short order...sheesh. Robin, chickadee, titmouse, and cardinal songs (and those of many others...), sound much prettier than the screeches made by those starlings.

  8. What we get at our house are seagulls and crows. They both squawk and yell a lot, and try to raid garbage cans.
    Your icicles are furry pretty!

  9. Wowsa! Those are some icicles! Very purty Chester! Sorry abouts those poopy, noisy burdies. I guess I should be thankful that we don't have those grackles here! the only annoying burdies we gots are the crows and ravens. man they suck. Anyhu, I hopes your snow lasts a little longer
    Ruby ♥

  10. Those are some spectacular icicles! Beautiful. As for birds: sea gulls and magpies.

    Mara from Norway (still)

  11. WooHoo Chester you are signed up for the howling section of the vocals!!
    Thanks I'll be sure your area is near your dearest Princess Leah!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  12. PS if Jason's peeps don't mind him being on our blog we'd love for him to play trumpet.
    I'll need a photo of him down the road. Our event is gonna be in May.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  13. Those icicles are beautiful. I hope you told those gackles to move to another yard!

  14. Our mom said it is time for icicle season to end!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley