Monday, February 17, 2014

Glow Bull Warming


Is causing this cold weather. I just heard it on the Tee Vee so it must be so. Tee Vee is heavily populated with little talking heads that are too young to remember when this was just normal winter weather. I recall dating a guy who went off to college in Grand Junction, Colorado, when I was in high school. A gigantic snow storm locked down all the airports on Thanksgiving, and another on Christmas and so on all through the early months of the year and well into what was supposed to be spring. I didn't see him for months and months and months because he simply couldn't fly home. They called it global cooling then.

And don't you just hate it when the person in charge of the idiot box....an apt name indeed....goes to sleep with it tuned to lamestream media news? Me too. I used to have my own remote control for moments like those and I swear, even though I never watch it voluntarily, I am going to get a new one.

On a brighter note, I was standing at daybreak watching the morning erupt outside the big windows in the living room (wherein resides the propaganda portal) when I saw a magical sight.

I was birding. I am always birding. And here came this great, bird, hooking his long, hard wings over the thin, cold breeze. Right up to the window, lower than the roof, he had to grab air pretty hard to get over the house.

A bald eagle. He looked pretty fancy in the pink light of dawn. And awesome. I know there are places where they hang around dumps and scavenge fish off the fishing boats, but here in NY, at the breaking of another cold, sharp, day, they are awesome. 

9 comments:

joated said...

When you've started blaming every damn thing on global warming there's a pretty good chance it's not responsible for one single thing at all.

I recall one winter in the '60s when I was assistant sextant at the church in NJ. A hundred-plus yards of sidewalk, no snow thrower and a foot of snow falls on Christmas Eve and again on New Year's Eve. The boss was using the plow in the parking lot and driveway so it was just me on the walks. That's when me and Mr. Shovel became real good friends.

Just one degree at the Aerie today with a forecast calling for (another) 2-4 inches of snow tonight. *sigh*

joated said...

Oops! Sorry about the multiple comments. Slow response to my command by my PC.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

They're rare here too - amazing!

Yes, I agree it's just winter.

Rev. Paul said...

We see them fairly regularly, but that in no way diminishes the thrill.

Congrats on getting up close & personal with a baldie. :)

Terry and Linda said...

They are awesome anytime. But to have one right there in your tree, by your house...HOW COOL IS THAT!?

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Cathy said...

This is hilarious! I will Not Sit Down in front of the talking head box unless I have that second remote within reach. The lettering is worn off the "mute' button. I can find it in my sleep.

" . . .hooking his long, hard wings over the thin, cold breeze." With descriptions like that . . I don't need to see the bird.

The Milk Maid said...

How awesome seeing the bald eagle. I saw one only once and I was at the lake near Jamestown when I did, never seen them around home.

June said...

Eagles!
I saw one a few weeks ago, gliding down the Fox Creek valley. Wings not moving, just holding steady. So high... I could tell it was an eagle though, by the squared-off wings. The only other thing that big here is a turkey vulture, and it wasn't one of those!

threecollie said...

Joated, it's just winter, isn't it? People have just forgotten, or are too young to know, what winter is like.

Nita, we have one of the only open bits of water around, right down in town, so I think they stop by to fish. I love seeing them, although I think they took our kittens this summer

Rev. Paul, he was beautiful, and such a nice surprise.

Linda, that is an old pic, but he was really close to the house

Cathy, thanks for your kind words. I have a wall of books, ear plugs, and hearing protector muffs to keep the thing at bay, but it is still hard to avoid. All drivel, all day...

The Milk Maid, we have a small bit of open water down on the river about a mile away. It one of the few around during the cold snaps, which is why I think we see them fairly often. Last summer we saw a pair with a juvenile right in the back yard. Cool.

June, there is something about them isn't there? Seems as if the second you see one, you know what it is, even if it is so high that it is just a speck in the sky. I love spotting one...kinda makes my day.