The Newest Generation

The Newest Generation

It is time to introduce the world to Gwen and Stephen’s latest offspring. This year, I pulled one chick and left the other for the them to raise. Who has better parenting skills? Let’s examine the evidence. Our two competitors: Wise Guy and Atlas (As an aside, I...
Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the paternal creatures, feathered and otherwise. A special shout-out to Stephen Crowbert, who is a devoted Dad.  This year Gwen produced two live chicks. Throughout the nest-building and incubation process, Stephen stuck with his policy...
Birdnapping PSA 2019

Birdnapping PSA 2019

It’s time, people. Baby season is in full swing and residents of Northern Virginia are swiping baby birds left and right. Here is a typical conversation I have with “helpful” members of the public: Cell phone: ring, ring Me: hello Caller: Is this the mumble, mumble...
And We’re Back!

And We’re Back!

Our stalwart crew – Gwen, Stephen Crowbert, Zen, and Snafu – were happy to see the end of winter. Zen took it upon himself to engage in an off-season molt, giving him a decidedly uncharming moth-eaten look. Snafu, not to be outdone, decided to molt too. He is managing...
Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

How did it get to be mid-February? I blame Snafu. We brought him inside due to the very cold weather and he has taken up is position in the center of the house with great gusto. He shows his “appreciation” for being rescued from the Polar Vortex by bobbing...