Saturday, March 7, 2020

Long Time

Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. I know, I know. I'm very remiss on posting lately. So here I hope to catch everyone up on what's been going on in my part of the world.

February 26 2020: There was supposed to be a super massive, end of the world (again) terrible, awful blizzard here in WNY. We did get several snow squalls that lasted maybe ten minutes, tops. But the high winds just blew it all away. While some areas got more snow, what I'm standing in right now is how much we got in my neighborhood. 

After that, we got a bit of sunshine in the mornings, and then clouds soon rolled in to make the days gloomy and dark. Blah!

There is a flock of crows that visits our neighborhood every day. They arrive in the late morning, and stick around until it's time to head for the city for at night. When we had those high gusting winds, they didn't sulk and complain. They did aerial acrobatics!  We only got one good picture of them doing their loops and swoops. They were going pretty fast!

We also saw great big flocks of geese and ducks fly over, along with some vultures too.

This was actually a small group of Canada geese. These groups merged into gigantic flocks. What a racket they  made!

I guess that means there's a possibility of Spring arriving soon. My ghostwriter says she saw a bald eagle flying over a field a couple days ago. She's also seen some beautiful red tail hawks along the country roads, especially along Erie Station Road and Middle Road where pigeons like to perch on the telephone wires. Ok, now we're watching closely a fresh snow fall. Do you think it will add up to several feet by tomorrow morning.

Friday night March 6, 2020

Fast forward to this week, the weather forecast was about the same. We were supposed to get several inches of snow by the end of the week. Saturday morning, and here it is!

It was yet another over-prediction!

Saturday afternoon: hey, where did it all go? Apparently we'll not be reporting any more snow.

Oh, but there has been a lot of action in my back yard of the avian variety! Here's Sid Starling! He spent the winter flying around in a huge flock of his fellow starlings. (For a scientific treatise on this phenomenon, see the link at the end of this post.) Now he's back in his old territory and probably planning to build a huge nest inside the neighbor's dryer vent like he does every summer.

He's been gobbling up the suet on the side of the window feeder.  Sometimes he had to fight off his relatives who wanted in on it too.

Hey, wait your turn, Charlene!
Um, Brad and Melissa, that's MY suet!
Don't even think about it, Dave!
Go find your own birdie feeder, Arthur!

What's a guy gotta do to get a quiet meal around here?

He had to keep an eye out for those rude grackles too.

Aw cripes! There goes the neighborhood!

Speaking of grackles, big flocks of them continue to arrive daily, undeterred by the weather. (As long time readers will know, we don't like grackles very much.) 

In fact, the National Guard has been flying their helicopters around for the past week in an effort to chase those hoodlums away! Look! There goes one now!

In other news, we got a picture from my kitty cat friend, Pixie.

Lily celebrated her 2nd birthday.

Her brother Ryan celebrated his 7th birthday!

He and his friend were featured on the cover of a local Recreation and Parks bulletin! 

Hey, I thought I was in that picture too!

And finally, my Florida associate Miss Charlee has some sad news to report. 

Her birdie sister Grover passed away. 

I remember Grover. She and Frankie the Indian ringneck parrot and the parakeets stayed at my house for a little while before they moved to Florida.

Wow! That was a lot to report! 

Good night.


  1. Happy Birthday to Lily and Ryan and you and Ryan and his friend look awesome and very official on that bulletin, Chester. RIP, Grover. You were a beautiful birdie.

  2. Chester...OMDs you are an Ace Reporter for certain. Well done on all the news.
    I hope that flock of Geese didn't all decide to poop in unison too. That is an amazing photo capture of them in flight. Happy bday to your adorable Lily and I know her Ryan was in 'hog heaven' (in case you aren't familiar with the term, it is Southern phrase for being elated) on the Firetruck. Pixie is a most beautimous kit kat. May Grover always have soft warm breezes under his heavenly wings
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. That sure was a lot of news to catch up on Chester. Believe it or not we still have snow covering most of your yard this morning. We're sure it will be gone by the end of the day with the temps that are predicted though.

  4. We had a bunch of those overly exaggerated snow and storm predictions here, too. Sheesh!

    Now all our snow is gone...its 59F and sunny. Spring?? We sure hope so!

    Happy Birthday to those two cherubic youngsters in your furmily.
    RIP Grover. You sure were a pretty bird.

    Soon we will have to take down our suet feeders cause of the grackles and starlings...we heard a robin, saw herons and heard the cranes....but they might get a shock if we get anymore winter weather, which is bound to happen...

  5. What a lot of photos and news! Happy Birthday to Lily and Ryan, Good Luck to Sid Starling with guarding his foodz, and Condolences to Grover ad her fambly.

  6. Hi Chester!! So happy to see Lily and Ryan are doing well..... meantime so sorry to hear about passing of Grover. My mom was growing up with many birdies and of course doggies. Grover really looks like one of her birdies sisters.

    Pinot xoxo

  7. So sorry to hear about Grover - always tough to lose a beloved pet.

    We have had a few snowstorms this winter, but not biggies. The weather babbler keeps saying we will get one more before the end of March. We hope he is wrong - it is nice to see the grass greening up a bit and our hyacinths popping through the earth.

    Thanks for the update, Chester, now enjoy your rest.

    Woos, Lightning and Timber

  8. Aww, we're so sorry to hear about Grover. Thank you for sharing all the other pretty birdies, though! We don't get ANY snow but have been getting lots and lots of rain.

  9. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Lots happening indeed! Snow! No snow! Cats! Birthdays! Fire engines! Sad bird news, but happy bird news too! And a NAP!!!

  10. Wow! That is a lot of reporting. Those geese are so cool but not so much the grackles. We used to have a cockatiel. I'm sorry for their loss. Enjoy the warmer temperatures and no snow!

  11. I think we might have some grackles on/in our roof. Miss O is always listening out for them, even though there is no way she can get near them.

    Klem, Mara