Monday, June 2, 2008

Scarlet Tanagers

This Spring we have I.D.'d over 40 mitratory birds, mostly various Warblers, in our backyard. Most of the Warblers have moved on, but we still have two male Scarlet Tanagers hanging on. There are no females, but the males seem quite attached to each other. The only explaination I can think of is that they are probably gay. We are hoping that a female will show up eventually, and one of the males will stay. Though that's not likely, the habitate is pretty ideal, except of course, for the jet skis and power boats. Maude Koevnig, the sweet little old lady who used to live next door, referred to them as, "Those Goddamned Sons-a-Bitches!". She was not particularily religious, but used to say that she hoped heaven was as lovely as Oakwood. She lived here in the heart of Oakwood in a little Victorian cottage, surrounded by her books, for 65 years. Where ever in this Unitarian universe her soul is resting, I hope it's green and beautiful, and there are Warblers and Wood Ducks.

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