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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Geese seem to fly over my neck of the woods all year long, but when I hear them honking I always run out and look. (Up.) Assuming I'm dressed, of course. Lately, though, flocks of them have flown over my roof so often that I'm almost blasť about it. It's like the turkeys last fall. At first I couldn't get enough of them, and then I was all "Ho hum, gobble gobble."

I've noticed more doves closer to the house than at any time since I've lived here. I didn't know they ran in such big numbers, but at times I can open the back door and see dozens of them take sudden wing from the walnut tree at the corner of the yard. This must be a temporary situation, because ordinarily they show up two at a time and no more. (There's just a smidgen of a chance they're not doves, or not the same mourning doves I'm used to. I really do need new glasses.)

The robins are unmistakable, though. You can't confuse an American robin with any other species. The funny thing is, while the doves are here in unusually high numbers, the robins, who ordinarily attack the worms on these wet days in squadrons of a dozen or so at a time, are showing up in ones and twos. I don't think I've seen more than a couple of robins in any one day in the several weeks I've been noticing them.

3 February 2004

Layers of clouds, with buzzard in flight.

Scrub jays. Mockingbirds. Sparrows. Bushtits. Hummingbirds. Turkey vultures and red-shouldered hawks. These are just some of the creatures I can see regularly without ever leaving my own yard. The quail still drop in once in a while, too, although walking through the sticky muddy ooze doesn't seem to appeal to them all that much. I'm right with them in that opinion.

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This lofty commentary is brought to you by the fact that the Boss decided today was going to be our Monday for the week. I had my head buried in pointless paperwork most of the day, so it was a pleasure to look out every so often and see a hummer flitting between the bare trees in the garden.

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One year ago: Side Two
"I'm listening to The Band and the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield singing thirty-year-old veiled protest songs, and to Phil Ochs singing bitter, mostly unveiled lyrical poems advocating the overthrow of a government that seems almost benign in contrast to the current regime."

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And if you do
Maybe my nights won't seem as long.