Gullible Gulls

[caption id="attachment_8602" align="alignleft" width="485"] Tiger Stadium 1961[/caption] The word “gull” originally came from the Welsh, meaning “cry or mew.” In the 16th century it came to mean one who is gullible or easily swallows a story, deriving perhaps from “gullet.” There are about 45 species of gulls around the world,…

The Evening Grosbeak

The Evening Grosbeak is an attractive yellow and black heavy-billed finch with a white wing patch most obvious in flight. The scientific name, Hesperiphona vespertinus, means “sound of the evening,” although the idea that they are mainly crepuscular is mistaken. They were apparently first named by French explorers who probably first…

Bird and Human Fashions

[caption id="attachment_8561" align="alignleft" width="468"] Mandarin Ducks[/caption] Looking at ads in the newspaper, magazines, junk mail, and television, I notice that when the ads include adult people, the guys, especially young ones, haven’t shaved for four days, have a wrinkled shirt with an undershirt peeking out below it, crumpled pants, and…

Holiday Birds

This and every end of year holiday season we see lots of references to birds. Christmas cards are full of birds, especially Northern Cardinals. No other bird seems to symbolize Christmas. You see it on greeting cards, note paper, figurines, clothing, tree ornaments, and other decorations. The Cornell Lab of…

Birds of Christmas

[caption id="attachment_8537" align="alignleft" width="229"] Birds of Christmas[/caption] Now that it is almost Christmas, you will hear the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” created in about 16th century England. This song has more birds in it than any other holiday song. You know, “On the first day of Christmas, my…
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