Saturday, November 8, 2008

First Junco...and Election Commentary

When I was in college, our campus newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel, always did an April Fool edition on April 1, filled with ridiculously impossible news stories. Things like America electing an African-American President, or the UNC football team having a winning season. So imagine my surprise when I opened the paper the other day and saw that Butch Davis, the UNC football coach, was having to deny rumors that he was being courted for the job at Tennessee....Nobody ever wants any of our coaches. So then I see on the front page that Barack Obama has won the election, including NC, and I figure it's gotta be April Fool's Day. I mean, come on. The learned governor of Alaska herself said that North Carolina was one of the "pro-American parts of the country..."

But if it's April Fool's Day, then what's that junco doing scratching around among the fallen leaves? And why are there two white-throated sparrows sitting on my fence? Those are November birds. You don't suppose that newspaper was real, do you? President Obama, okay, but Carolina ranked #17 with a 7-2 record???


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Funny, I have wondered where you have been lately. It takes history making news to get you in front of the computer now days. Good to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

I have noticed the juncos in our yard as well. When I see those and the yellow rumped warblers, I know fall is here.
Good to see you active again.

Iris said...

You'll surely feel a little smug to hear that I have yet to see a junco this fall! That one must have passed right over my house and made a beeline for yours. Jealousy is not pretty.

David said...

I know, Lisa...I'd like to have a really good excuse, but no...

Hi Chad & Brandy--Have y'all seen a yellow-rumped yet? I haven't, but I'm always the last one to see them.

The first thing I did when I saw the junco, Iris, was to take a picture. The second was to go to your blog to see if you had seen one yet. Not that I'm gloating or anything, but I saw the last Hummingbird on Oct 10!

sweet bay said...

It's nice to "meet" a fellow UNC graduate!

We've got yellow-rumped warblers here in Johnston County.

Henry said...

David -- I am an astute, self-aware tabby and reader of your blog. I remember how heartbroken you were about your departed Andy. At the time, my "owner" said she knew that when the time was right, another faithful four-legged feline would come into your life. I suggested that she offer up one of the other cats in this house who crowd my living conditions. But she'd hear none of it.

A friend of mine "tagged" me to reveal six random things about myself on my blog. I was asked to then "tag" six other bloggers to contribute to the collective confessional. I remember that you participated in something like this before. But I bet there were at least six runners-up that didn't make it into "print."

I linked to your blog from my post at:


Another Fan of Juncos (I watch them from the window, and there are smudge marks to prove it.)

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Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence said...

I just wanted you to know I added your blog to the recently launched North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association blog roll for NC Blogs!

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I hope you are doing well!