Day By Day


  • Merle

    You’re gonna need a bigger list… 🙂

  • Epador

    Thus goes the rest of Arizona…

  • Sarthurk

    Brown headed Cow birds
    Molothrus ater

    Trust me me, I’m a biologist. A marine biologist, but I saw birds before I saw fish.

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    I was going to try to say something about “cuckold”, but I couldn’t work it in properly. It’s late (for me), it’s Friday, and I’m exhausted. G’night all.

  • That was an exceedingly gentle way of saying that.

  • JackDeth 72

    I believe the bird Sam is thinking about is a Magpie.

    And John “Forrest Fire” McCain and Jeff “less Than Useless” Flake cannot fade into obscurity fast enough to suit me.

    • RegT

      I never heard him called (U.S.) “Forrest Fire”. That is priceless. Between the fire on the weather deck and his turning traitor when he was a guest (truly a guest, I firmly believe) of the North, he’s getting off lightly on this side.

      Hopefully, he will pay what he actually owes on the other side.

      • RegT

        Sorry. USS Forrest(al)

  • Big Jim

    The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is indeed a brood parasite. Sam has it right.

    • Bill G

      Yes, hence Clifford Stoll’s use of the cuckoo in the title of his book:
      The cuckoo ‘ s egg : tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage.
      It’s a fascinating tale of a Berkley grad student stumbling over an international computer spy ring by chance, and our bee-luvved gummint agencies being unwilling to listen to him. Or in the case of the CIA, listening but having their hands tied for a case inside the country.

      • eon

        Also, the old SF movie Village of the Damned (1960), in which aliens impregnated women in an English village to produce “hybrid” children, was based on a novel by John Wyndham (Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris) which was titled The Midwich Cuckoos. Both the novel and the film had prologues describing the cuckoo and its behaviors for the benefit of non-ornithologists.

        clear ether


      • GWB

        Also, Cherryh’s Cuckoo’s Egg, about a human raised as an alien. (I recommend it, btw.)

        • RegT

          And then there is RAH’s _Stranger in a Strange Land”, where a human was raised by aliens (Martians).

      • MommaMackie

        A really interesting book and well written. I need to dig up hubby’s hardback copy of it. He’s had it so long, it might be a first edition!

  • Big Jim

    And the American Brown Headed Cowbird is truly a fine example of brood parasitism on this continent; a few years back 85% (IIRC) of songbird nests in the Chicago area were affected prior to a program to catch and gas the bastards.

  • Bill G

    Those two, and some others of their flock, are definitely strange birds.

  • GWB

    Is being a cuckoo worse than being a wacko bird?

  • JTC

    Some papa birds kill and eat the hatchlings when their instinct tells them something ain’t right.

    • JTC

      Specifically, catbirds and thrashers don’t play that shit, according to Big Jim’s wiki link response to Delilah downthread.

      Well Trump is in the catbird seat now, and he is backed up by a yuge flock of deplorable thrashers, who are sick of two-faced thieving posing dirty cowbirds like McCain’t and the Flake rooting us out and eating our lunch and we’re fast sending them the way of the doo-doo bird, er, do-do bird.

      (long way to go for a bird joke, but hey I got nothin’ else goin’ on right now.) 😐

  • gruundehn

    Senator McCain is a disgrace to his eagles (rank insignia of a Captain in the USN) and Flake deserves his surname.

  • Pamela

    Sounds like blood sucking ticks to me

  • Delilah T.

    Actually, the cowbirds are a protected species, and while they do look for an active nest where they can leave an egg, they are called cowbirds because they normally lay their eggs in the hoofprints of grazing cattle. You guys are thinking of the European cuckoo.

    McCain is slowly dying of his disease. His warranty expired some time ago. Best to let him just slink off into the darkness on his own and don’t go to his funeral. The days of these peculiar people are oozing away to nothing.

    Happy New Year to all of you.

    • Bill

      They capture and kill cowbirds in the Austin area because they predate Golden Cheeked Warblers and Black Capped Virios two protected species. I found it interesting that the feds get to pick and choose which species live and which die.

      • Delilah T.

        Cowbirds are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Act. That means you and I can’t do anything to them. Only the Feds can do that. The brownheaded are the most common species. There are several others.
        The Corvids are just as bad as the Molothri, and just as willing to prey on other birds.

  • Roland Deschain

    Arizona is worse off thanks to McShame, especially the VA hospitals. In his own backyard no less. Flake is no better. Too many people are moving here from their ruined States, i.e. Californistan and Minnesota and bringng their ruinous politics with them.