Friday, March 18, 2022

Birdies and Crazy Weather

 Hello everyone! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

We've had a few nice warm days here lately, with sunshine and 60º. But we don't quite trust that winter is over yet. We could still have more snow and ice. 

But the birdies seem to think Spring is here! For the last two weeks, the dissonant screeches of grackles have been filling the air! Long time readers will remember our opinion of grackles: they're nasty to the other birdies, and poop all over everything! Here's the old grackle boss Effluvium Scatterstool glaring at us from the window birdie feeder. 

Hey? Where are the seeds?

Well fooey on you, mean old grackle! We're not filling the birdie feeders up again until you go away!  

Many people believe that robins all fly south for the winter. But some of them don't. We've had one robin who hung around all winter, eating berries from our hawthorn tree. 

About a week ago, the entire Stodgy Robin Society showed up and ate all the berries that were left on the tree and on the ground. Then they all started fighting over territory. I guess they sorted it all out because now there's a robin in just about every yard in the neighborhood, hopping around hunting for worms, and singing in every tree. 

Meanwhile, Canada geese have been flying over by the hundreds! Most of them fly so high that it's hard to get a good picture. But they sure make a lot of noise anyway!

One evening, while we were outside listening to the birdies singing, and the geese honking, a great big birdie flew over, followed by several more. They landed in a tree just two blocks away from our house! Can you guess what they are?

Here's another picture to give you a hint:

These are turkey vultures! We often see them fly over this time of year as they migrate north. But we've never seen a whole flock of them land in a tree right in the middle of the neighborhood like this! I guess they just wanted to enjoy the sunset.

A few days later, it snowed!

Haha! Crummy grackles! They had to scrounge seeds from the snow with the squirrels!

Then it turned warm again and the snow all melted. 

There was a beautiful sunset last night (sans turkey vultures.)

Tomorrow, we're supposed to get rain and maybe even a thunder storm! 

And that's all for now! Good night! 


  1. The grackles war have begun. I bet the bird symphony was beautiful

  2. What a beautiful sunset! The peepers have begun their serenade across the street. What a delightful song!

  3. Good morning Chester!!
    OMDs what crazy weather. I love the sunset a LOT but not as much as I love your sweet face.
    Birdies are up and about here eating, tweeting and raising babies. I eagerly await the arrival of my (yes my) humming birds. BOL BOL
    Beautiful moon shot!!
    Hugs Cecilia

  4. We've had a lot of the same bird action around here too, Chester. One of our returning favorites was the Song Sparrow! Our Bluebirds have been back for a couple of weeks, too.

  5. You have so many great birds. Lady loves vultures, haven't seen them or a robin yet. Still lots of snow here. Happy Spring! Lee and Phod

  6. Singing, honking, snowing, melting, pooping, scrounging..... You've got it all over there, C. Wow!

    Love and licks,

  7. Happy furst day ob Spring, Chester! Fanks fur always reminding us to Look Up (and Down)!

  8. Our weather systems are still arguing over what season it is supposed to be. Monday we did not even need a sweater...Tuesday was cold and damp,and Wednesday we had pouring rain and least we did get any snow,LOL!

    We don't yet see grackles, but the starlings are here, marauding the seeds...but they cannot get into the mealworm feeder, we got a special one now. It took a while but now they figured out how to get their very own special treats.

    We do get those turkey vultures...esp if there is road kill to feast on!