Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bird Flu or Bad Omen

I saw my first robin of the year yesterday so spring should be around the corner right? Unfortunately he was belly up with his little feet sticking in the air and a layer of frost on his pretty red belly. It's too early for West Nile Virus and I'm guessing it's not bird flu so unless Frank Shorter's cats who live near the scene of the crime were up to some mischief I'm assuming this is meant to be a portent about spring. As if on cue I woke up this morning to a dusting of snow in my yard only to be followed by a full on snow storm. I was finally starting to feel like I was making a little progress on the bike too. It's all Jonny's fault for putting the trainer back in the garage.

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  1. Was on a walk in DC yesterday, and there were 30-40 robins by the Reflecting Pool-- we don't need them all, so I hope a few make their way to you.

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  2. I don't know how the infamous Pappy found his way here (or how I found my way to his blog a few weeks ago for that matter) but we're quite honored by his presence. My husband was practically in tears watching a video of Pappy eating the Teletubbies.

    Thanks for the offer on the robins. At this point I'd settle for a simple lack of snow and some seasonable temps.

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  3. Frank Shorter's cats would enjoy a few extra robins -- cats like robins. When I was growing up, our 20-pound faux cat/badger named "Tinkerbell" made a steady diet of robins and hummingbirds. It was always quite entertaining to see this enormous feline try to hide in the upper branches of our mimosa tree, waiting for hummingbirds to come by ...

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  4. Cats are actually a big problem for the birds on the open space. My own cats were forced to wear bells though that didn't stop them from bringing me snakes (live) and voles. My one remaining cat is over 16 and has no prey drive whatsoever. I locked him in a room where we had a mouse and he cried to get out, probably so he could get to his food bowl.

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