Eeyore, I don't want to say you are wrong because I'm a bear of very  
little brain.  But, just remember, Eeyore, about birding in the  
spring. Owl looks through his binoculars and says, "Oh, I see a  
purple spotted pink and green rumped warbler" very importantly as if  
he himself knew all along it would be there.   Once I made a mistake  
and said, '"Where?" and Owl said, "In the tall tree at 6 o'clock."   
Six o'clock is either dinner time or breakfast time.  I couldn't see  
what it had to do with trees or warblers. So I said, "I see a Robin  
on the lawn."  But everyone was patting Owl on the back and telling  
him what a great bird spotter he is, and didn't even look at my  
Robin.  I suppose Robin might feel a little bit bad that those fancy  
warblers fly through for a week or two and  everyone gets all  
excited, and nobody notices how pretty he is, and faithful.

I call those bugs that crawl out of the ground and leave a muddy  
shell on the tree trunk locusts.  Owl tells me over and over they are  
not locusts.  But they make the same noise whatever you call them.   
When they make too much noise to hear the warblers I shall think my  
own thoughts about Robins and where we shall eat lunch.  Owl may use  
all those big words that make my small brain hurt, but I won't hear  
them and my brain won't hurt, and I shall hum along with the locusts  
and it will become a hummy sort of day.  And hummy sounds like  
honey.  Where SHALL we eat lunch?


On Feb 2, 2011, at 2:11 PM, Edge wrote:

> Eeyore, the less-than-fully-optimistic burro/donkey buddy of Winnie- 
> the-Pooh is probably a fine birder, although I cannot find a  
> reference for his life list.
> We can be assured that he would never assume that a bird he sees is  
> a rare one.  Rather, his observations would be recorded slowly,  
> deliberately and with great attention to detail, carefully ruling  
> out any “expected” similar species, one by one.
> These are good things.
> However, Eeyore’s perspective on things can sometimes be a bit  
> burdensome for the rest of us.  Please address responses to the  
> following to Eeyore, not to me, for surely the prospects of birding  
> in the din of the summer of 2011 that he predicts are worsened more  
> by his nature than by the subjects of his message.
> Eeyore:
> I knew you’d be calling when I heard about the big snow storm.  It  
> was just a matter of time--the snow, I mean.  Missouri’s been  
> overdue for this sort of storm for years.  And your call was a  
> little later than I’d expected.  Birders can be such a whiny lot  
> when we can’t get out.  Good thing you’ve got birds at the feeder  
> to entertain you--until you run out of seed, which you will.
> If you think birding prospects are bad in 18 to 20 inches of snow,  
> you need to think about spring and summer.  Humph! Don’t think too  
> long with that dreamy smile in those unfocused eyes.
> I’ll set you straight on this with one word--CICADAS.  Nope, not  
> the usual annual ones.  This year they’re going to be joined by  
> their cousins, the 13 -year cycle periodical cicada, specifically  
> the Great Southern Brood.
> This was in the newspaper this week.
> “Columbia is going to be in the thick of it...a meeting of  
> academics from across the world who study acoustical insects will  
> be held this June in Columbia, where they can observe this ‘mind- 
> boggling’ insect....Europeans have never sen anything like that... 
> [it’s a] purely North American phenomenon.”
> They’re gonna come out of the ground in April or May, maybe a few  
> at a time or in big waves, depending on how fast the ground thaws.   
> Then they’re gonna eat, and eat.  That’s not really a big deal;  
> they don’t hurt the trees too much.
> It’s the communal mating chorus that’s the big deal.  Your back  
> yard is going to be a cicada lek.  So is the local park, the  
> wildlife refuge, the lake, everywhere you go.  There will be noise,  
> lots of it, and loud.  The chorus can reach 100 decibels!
> Think you’ll be able to hear that chickadee?  Or the Bay-breasted  
> Warbler?
> Well, at least that’s something to take your mind off the snow.
> Thanks, Eeyore, we sure needed that.
> Edge Wade
> Columbia (ground zero) MO
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