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Eighth Day Accompanied on Dog Walk by Red-Winged Blackbird.

I’m pretty sure it’s the same one since there are several others around but none of them seems concerned with the route we are taking. This one jumps from bush to bush to stay within 5′ to 10′ ahead us as we walk.

I’ve named him Nik-Nik after the sound he makes (which I imitate back to him) between chirps (I fear I am a lousy chirper.)

Now that we’re over a week since the first time he walked with us (I think he really comes out when he sees us walk out of the front door of the house), I’ll be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow.

What a great Sunday Morning…

Our friend the blackbird

Talked to Elly on the phone this morning while I was walking the dogs (and having the fifth day of our friendly red-winged blackbird following us around and making tight circles in the air around us!)  and she’s coming back tonight (her plane leaves Minnesota at 4:30 and I think she has to change flights in Milwaukee…2 hour delay) and my boys will be thrilled. They have so missed their Mama.

G. Bradley Sanders

I didn’t have to water Elly’s gardens this morning since we had a night of rain and thunderstorms (where Byron, my dog who is afraid of thunder, crawled under the bed where he barely fits to sleep in safety) which more than took care of all the plants. So, I went over to Mellow Moods where I had coffee with G. Bradley Sanders, who owns the Timberframe Folly site out in the woods south of town. This was a guy I really wanted to meet for three reasons: his creative history is pretty exceptional, he is putting together a “Folly” at the Folly in August… a 22nd Century Carnival… that I want to be involved in, and I wanted to talk to him about producing Philip Glass‘s chamber opera, The Photographer, at the Folly in a year or so.

The Folly

It’s nice speaking with another 65-year-old who, incidentally, told me he listens to John and me on WSHC Friday mornings. Anyway, now I’m a volunteer for his Carnival Folly… if you’d like to find out more about it, go HERE. Bradley also is willing to let me do The Photographer at the Folly, now I can proceed to my next stage… finding someone to coordinate the music and finding out how much this is going to cost, royalties and such, so I and get into fundraising.

So now I’m going to do the Cartoon(s) of the Week and then get back and give the boys their lunch.

The Red-Winged Blackbird who is looking for friends…

Red-Winged Blackbird

For two days now, as I’ve taken Byron and Nestle on their walk around the neighborhood, there has been this bird.. a red-winged blackbird, that has been following us, going from perch to perch. Once or twice it has suspended itself in the air a few feet above us chirping and, I think, trying to get our attention.

It started yesterday when I heard this guy (it’s a male, according to the birdwatching directory) doing two different kinds of chirps… one lower tone that sounds like a click, and a higher tone that is a louder call. At first I started imitating the click… then the high chirp… and I could swear this bird started talking back.

He began following us as we shared chirps and went from bush to bush as we walked around the little drainage pond near the house.

This morning as I walked the dogs I heard the chirps behind me, turned around and saw what must have been the same bird sitting on our road sign. I did the clicks and chirps again and he followed us on our walk once more…flying away as we headed back to the house.


I guess he wants to be friends… we’ll see if he is out there tomorrow.

More Than 1,000 Dead Birds Fall From The Sky

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
BEEBE, Ark. — Environmental service workers finished picking up the carcasses on Sunday of about 2,000 red-winged blackbirds that fell dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town.
The birds had fallen Friday night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. The workers from U.S. Environmental Services started the cleanup Saturday.
Mike Robertson, the mayor in Beebe, told The Associated Press the last dead bird was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. He said 12 to 15 workers, hired by the city to do the cleanup, wore environmental-protection suits for the task.

Robertson said the workers wore the suits as a matter of routine and not out of fear that the birds might be contaminated. He said speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning.
Bird Government Testing, Lightning Or Poison? What Caused Birds To Fall Dead In Arkansas?

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Wow…it’s like an old Twilight Zone Episode.
Any thoughts?