O Happy Day!

O Happy Day!

Daylight Savings Time is back—or over, I always forget which. In any case, it means I can see the birds when I get home after work without scaring them half to death, as they distinctly do not like nighttime visitors, even those who come bearing peanuts. It also means...
Happy Beekeeper Day!

Happy Beekeeper Day!

St. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers, so Minion Man is insisting that it’s really Beekeeper Day. Unless it’s really St. Gobnait who is in charge of the bees. (That’s St. Deborah or Abigail for those of us outside of Ireland.)  The...
Ucawz No. IV

Ucawz No. IV

NEW YEARS DECREE Whereas Minion Man and Room Service Woman’s eldest fledgling has left her home territory; Whereas said fledgling, aka Super Daughter, has engaged in allopreening and allofeeding with a suitable male human fledgling, Whereas these two young...
Happy Winter Solstice 2017

Happy Winter Solstice 2017

The darkest day of the year has come and happily soon will be gone. Neither our resident corvids nor their devoted staff like short days and long nights. But crows have a way of brightening up even the toughest days in their own way, as noted by Robert Frost: DUST OF...
Mystery Noise

Mystery Noise

I hate the end of daylight savings time for many reasons, but I’ve just added loss of training time to the very long list. I can only spend time with Snafu and Zen before I go to work, which is not nearly enough. Snafu has been regressing in his training,...
Avian Etiquette

Avian Etiquette

Dear Not Miss Manners, It was my understanding that at the end of November, humans have a celebration called “Thanksgiving” which involves a big feast that includes a bird as the centerpiece of the meal. As a Cooper’s Hawk, that sounds like my kind...