Please appreciate the subtle beauty of the American Catbird.
What’s a catbird, you ask???
Ask my cat. He will tell you. A catbird is:
Easy to catch
Fun to kill
Good to eat.
My cat (meowmeow) knows. He has killed dozens of them over the years. No more, though, if I can help it.
Why would a machinery-driving, Harley-driving, pickup truck owner care about a stupid bird???
Dunno, but the effects that a unique species has sometimes on an attentive human can change one’s life.
I can tell you how, over the years, this bird worked it’s song into my soul, and from there, into my being, and after I first heard the catbird song, I never ever forgot it. Here is the story for you if you have some time...
Meet meowmeow. 8 years old, and very capable of grabbing a bird out of the air seven feet off the ground with a flying leap, twisting through the air like an acrobat.
At first I was amazed. Then I was proud. As my affection for birds grew, my horror at their cruel senseless deaths increased exponentially.
Tonight, I caught on film, the courting ritual of two young lovers, second time this week. Catbirds in heat. Babies soon to follow, unless meowmeow finds its nest.
Evolution condemned them to short lives with their absolutely stupid nest locations- in scrubby brush close to the ground. Why, sweet lord, did you design them in this manner?
Couple-a years ago, when I was sawing wood after work, I stopped every half an hour or so to refuel and sharpen the chainsaw. When I did this, there was silence except for this sexy, half hour long songbird song high up in a tree.
I put the video on Facebook and asked if anyone knew what that bird was. The next day a lady identified it as a catbird. That’s the beginning of my story.
I wrote on that Facebook post how the bird sounded like a little old lady gossiping. It’s long song was unique, almost like a human dissertation on the foibles of politicians during crises that affect nations great and small. Coulda been about how the mailman disappeared into the neighbors house and came out 45 minutes later zipping up. That bird’s song was loud, It had words. It possessed numerous unique inflections that were deep and varied, exploring the depths of sound and tone. .........and language? Why does mankind always attempt to elevate above all other species? Why do we think we are the only ones with a language?
Coronavirus is nature’s revenge for mankind’s vanity.
Most birds repeat their songs over and over, but
NOT THE CATBIRD. Each song is a different entry into it’s album of life, recapping the days events for all to hear who understand its language, as well as for those who do not.
This realization that there was more to this bird species than a good meal for my cat dawned upon me, and ever since, I have noticed how little I actually know about my environment. How I long to know more!
Last year, in the spring, I heard that song again at home and whipped out my phone and took this video:
When I took this video I wanted to get closer yet didn’t want to scare the bird away. I could actually see this bird as it sang, how often does that happen? Never.
When that lady identified the catbird, I was happy that I then knew 7 bird songs:
barn swallow (they no longer live at the nursery)
Wow. I can identify a whopping seven birds by their songs. How many live in Connecticut, five hundred species of birds? And I know seven by song? PATHETIC!
Humans have evolved ourselves out of nature. We think we are no longer involved with her. We are above nature. Nature is “something else.”
Coronavirus calls BULLSCHITT on that stupidity, reminding us that nooooo, we are part of nature, susceptible to attack upon us as lethal to humans as humans are lethal to every single environment that we set foot upon, wreaking extinctions all along our murderous campaign through nature.
The sooner we realize that we are still a part of nature, forever, the sooner we will adjust our behavior (that’s never gonna happen- too many stupid selfish people).
Meowmeow now spends all daylight hours INSIDE. No excuses ever. If he gets out, I sneak up on him and re-incarcerate. I only let him out at night when it’s completely dark and no more bird songs. Safe in their nests hopefully. I now get up earlier and earlier to get him back in before he kills more at dawn.
I’m on the second year of his unwilling incarceration and I’m sticking to my guns despite the wailings of LOOCH and my son who claim “he is just doing what comes naturally!”
Tell that to Hawaiian fauna. Not much is left now of the native bird and misc. because of lots of stray kittys. They are efficient killers. Billions of birds are killed each year by cats. I always thought it was cool how long my outside cats lived, and now I’m disgusted at the thought of the thousands of birds that they probably killed. Never ever again will I have an outside cat.
Last spring I actually caught a catbird caught by meowmeow and tried to save it from its injuries. I rammed the cat inside and carefully placed the almost-dead catbird in a coffee cup to cradle it upright, and left it there for hours. I never saw it fly away nor drop dead, and I searched for its body but couldn’t find it. The pessimist in me feels it died and fell inconspicuously into the leaves below the grill. The realist in me knows it died. I never wish to go through that ever again.
Avondale redbud lit by early sun on my way to work this morning. I drove past it, got to the mailbox, slammed it into reverse and snapped this picture as I thought-
“I’ll never ever see this moment in time ever again”
If there ever were a good example of realizing that moments in time are fast-fleeting and unique to that particular one moment, this is it.
And if there were ever a moment in time to STOP YOUR LIFE and review how it’s being lived, this is it. There IS a silver lining to this epidemic (even as we all worry about dying), and it is the silence and peace that the lockdown has afforded us. This “pause” as savior governor Cuomo calls it is a godsend for all of humanity when one takes time to really THINK about it.
In the morning, because there are no cars making so much noise, I can hear birds. BIRDS!!! Thousands of them, or at least dozens that sound like thousands. I see bluer skies with no contrails. I drive less, sometimes not at all some days. Gas lasts forever now in the tank. I don’t spend money. I’m not going to go on and on you get my point.
There’s less stress at work. People seem more considerate. For the life of me I cannot understand our president and the drama in Washington and how they can still be having political fights when our very existence is it stake. Shows how absolutely pathetic our form of government now is.
How can the Trump administration prevent medical goods from getting into Iran, aren’t they people too? Aren’t they dying just like we are? How can we deprive them of what they need to survive as human beings because of the stupid sanctions??? If you want to end the stupid Iran problem, eliminate the sanctions, send them a boatload of medical supplies if there are any- give them tips to help and offer them some kind of help. I believe in my heart that if we did that we would be repaid tenfold by the Iranians in the future.
Trump and the Chinese- blaming them for the virus is immature, ridiculous and unhelpful. We need them. They need us. In fact, all humans need all humans. This just might be the silver lining to the entire world’s problems! It’s possible, but human nature’s selfish makeup will prevent us from taking advantage of this unique opportunity.
Think of it- if the globe’s populations stopped their stupid fighting and posturing, all helped each other survive this epidemic, we might just be able to see global warming as the REAL epidemic that is 2,000 times worse than silly little coronavirus. We might all start to see that if it weren’t for coronavirus, we would have kept spewing poison into our atmosphere hastening our demise.
It’s very possible that the coronavirus epidemic, as brutal as it is, might just be the being that saves us from ourselves.
5/5 update screenshot from the Washington Post front page today, supporting my position:
Seems that our top government officials continue to be the number one biggest assholes in the world. America needs regime change ASAP. November can’t come soon enough.
If you have ever heard PompousAO’s opinions, it’s enough to make one seething... it is truly sickening to think that ignorant fool represents all of us, and are his weak-minded personal gripes against the world REALLY in our best interests? NO! They are the incomplete not-very-well-thought-out ideas spewing forth from the corrosive GOP of which tRUMP is dark lord and corrupt master.
Anyone who could still support that criminal has lost all my respect.
I love it when others write in mainstream media opinions similar to mine days after I have posted here:
Our government reminds me of a house full of young children all blaming other siblings for acts of their own making: “Mommy!! Susie made me do it, wasn’t my fault!”
tRUMP knew. The WHO knew. The entire world new. The GOP knew- Everyone KNEW about Coronavirus in DECEMBER, for Christ’s sake.
For DOTARD to scan the globe for scapegoats to blame for a problem that he and the ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY knew about in December is a predictable yet entirely pathetic joke.
What self-respecting country with the biggest defense budget in the world (by a factor of ten) would blame another country for a problem of its own negligent making? Answer: the tRUMP administration!!! Who else?
As the world suffers, and this epidemic is just getting started, that asshole tRUMP continues to drag our country down down down into the gutter of immaturity and self pity, hardly the stature we visualize for this once-great nation.
Having a great country is like having a fantastic long term relationship. It takes teammates and practice.
The Spartans with 7,000 warriors ALMOST beat the Persians numbering 240,000 at the battle of Thermopylae in approximately 400bc.
This spectacular “almost victory” occurred because of the pure genius of the spot chosen by the Spartans for the battle. It constricted the battle field down to 75’ wide! The Persians could not effectively use their superior forces on that tiny field.
Over the course of three days the Spartans held the line thanks to centuries-old warfare techniques, tried and tested. The spartans slaughtered thousands upon thousands of Persians- so many that the dead were piled up as breastworks and walls for protection.
TEAMWORK is what the Spartans used to “almost win.”
TEAMWORK- it’s not a foreign concept, folks. Everyone who ever was a kid on a team knows what it means to all chip in for a win.
As it turns out, one “teammate” on the spartan team did not like his small role given him by the spartan general, and slithered over to the iranian general and showed him where there was a secret trail that led to the rear of the spartan camp. The Iranians gathered 5,000 of their finest warriors and snuck around the rear of the Spartans, with the end of this sad story found easily on the internet.
This coronavirus team we have now is a really great team, minus one.
Governors Hogan and cuomo from MD and NY. Front line hospital workers, ambulance drivers, EMS, doctors, grocery and pharmacy staff. Even courageous patients try their best to survive! They all count!!!
tRUMP??? He is the traitor in all this. He is the murderer. He knew in December all about this virus, but scoffed at it. Downplayed it. Called it a Democratic hoax. It’s only because he knows that HE FUCKED UP.
Knowing he made huge stupid mistakes (drink or inject bleach? Gone by Easter? Gonna go away by itself???), now it’s time to look up in his dog-eared play book labeled “how to pull the wool over their eyes-AND GET AWAY WITH IT,” and figure out how the hell he is going to get out of his deep hole.
Here’s how folks!
BLAME SOMEONE ELSE. It’s worked before, it will work again.
Back to the teamwork analogy...
Think being on a team where in order to succeed, your team needs to be EFFICIENT.
The ONE weak link, and I mean WEAK LINK, is the president of our country himself. He has not done one goddamned thing to help our country in this crisis.
Is tRUMP the kind of lazy bum good for nothing fool that you want on your team in a time of crisis?
History has proven helpful in the past, and it sure as hell is providing clarity in this time of crisis.
tRUMP is the very worst thing that could have ever infected our country. tRUMPism is a disease that is more dangerous to our democracy than any viral infection.
Put the two in a Petri dish and stir, and stand back to watch our country decompose not-so-slowly.
Link to George Conway’s video:
Sorry for the immature image above, but voting tRUMP out of Washington is as important as defeating coronavirus.
Mixing soil and seed tricks the seed into thinking it’s time to germinate no matter what time of year it is.
It’s easy! We dump the soil onto the parking lot.
Our soil is the best around- ”organicky,” completely Rock- free, and fluffy. We screen thousands of yards of it every other year. Run your fingers through it sometime, you’ll agree: “if I were a plant, I would LOVE to grow in this soil!”
I then kinda flatten the soil like pancake batter in the frying pan.
Ten pounds of seed per yard of soil gets carelessly dumped on the soil.
Then the machine work starts- turn the pile over and over repeatedly until the seed is uniformly blended.
Costs about $105-$115/yard, soil, seed, and labor to blend it all up. You tell us what kind of seed (light level), and we grab it off the shelf.
The combo needs to be special ordered and spread out within two or three days because that’s how fast the seed germinates when mixed up like this.
The seed/soil mix then gets spread on top of the existing turf and raked flat. No hay needed because the seed is INSIDE the soil.
tRUMP, “pWesident” of our country. Leader of the free world. PATHETIC deflector of responsibility for his murderous irresponsibility this winter in his immature dereliction of duty with regards to Covid-19.
THOUSANDS of people dying right now as I write this because tRUMP completely got this wrong from beginning to now. Even today’s press conference has tRUMP suggesting to the world’s listeners to inject disinfectants to kill the virus.
Haven’t thousands of people across the world already died from such stupidity, doesnt tRUMP know by now that his words have repercussions? That people could misunderstand the flawed concepts coming out of his conferences?
When is tRUMP going to learn this? Don’t hold your breath, the answer is “never.”
Its getting closer to home now, folks. Parents of friends are dying. Some families are losing BOTH parents. My elderly parents are sitting ducks in their senior living home in NC, and I worry I will never see them alive again. If they die, what kind of funeral will they have?
tRUMP, supported by brown-nosing GOP ass-kissing Republicans, attempting in real time to rewrite history to suit his whimsical fantastical memory of what actually happened this winter.
Pathetic tRUMP in his mismatched presidential job, entirely incapable of grasping the magnitude of the moment, flailing at a time when political cream should rise to the top. Instead, when he should be stepping up to the plate to DO HIS JOB... he retreats into his safe zone which is partisan blame-gaming and hand sitting:
”Testing? We don’t need more testing, I totally disagree with Dr. Fauci.”
Now, just as I predicted a month ago in this blog, tRUMP and his immature pathetic RepubliCON ass-kissers are desperate to find a scapegoat to blame tRUMP’s negligent manslaughter on. They will blame democratic governors, the WHO, AOC, the left, and above all, CHINA.
I make phone calls to politicians. LOTS OF THEM. Some are congratulatory, most are not. Letter writing is good too, so hopefully this citizen’s concerns are passed from person to person.
Dont get me wrong- I know the intended recipient never reads them. But it’s all one can really do to take part in our “democracy “ besides voting.
Senator tom cotton and Dan crenshaw now enhance tRUMP’s attempt to deflect responsibility off his shoulders onto China, claiming China concealed the virus.
THEY DID NOT. I’m a witness.
Go ahead- look it up! China told the WHO in DECEMBER about the virus. They told the world. I read about it! tRUMP knew, BUT DID NOTHING BUT SCOFF.
I called the sycophants Crenshaw and cotton and told them off. I told them that I did not want to sue China, but that I wished to sue tRUMP and the republiCON party, that they both are responsible for thousands of innocent American deaths, that trump owns the American epidemic, that deflecting blame on China was a pathetic example of tRUMP’s inability to be the leader of our country.
As our country deteriorates, we all must analyze how to stay positive, healthy, alive. How to keep our loved ones safe, as well as total strangers. It is getting harder and harder to adjust as time goes on, and there is LOTS to worry about looking forward.
At the same time we try to stay positive and healthy (more to do with chance than skill), I would urge everyone to figure out how we got here to this totally unprepared place. Who- WHO is responsible, ultimately, for this American tragedy??
What ONE PERSON above all others is responsible for the health and safety of 320 million American souls?
The answer to this question is not found in Asia. Not in China. Not in NYC.
The one person responsible, ultimately, for protecting all Americans is DOTARD himself, and just like EVERYTHING else that he has done in his pathetic excuse of a life, he failed (us) miserably.
Oh, and don’t think for one millisecond that there is one republican who has stepped up to the plate in his absence- THATS not gonna happen either! Grim reaper mcconnell saying that instead of the federal government financing cities and states, that they should file for bankruptcy!!! Holy shit!!! What exactly do the republicans want? Civil war?
Last night’s press conference has his inept mind suggesting blasts of intense light projected inside victim’s bodies and/or INJECTING DISINFECTANTS into patient’s bodies! ABSURD, yet watch the news for the next few weeks to see how many feeble minded desperate people do what tRUMP suggested today, and die because of his utterly ridiculous ideas.
Medical experts exasperatingly sprinted to correct tRUMP’s completely irresponsible comments:
Ohh, and in case you might have thought OUR OWN GOVERNMENT might have an honest bone somewhere in it’s infrastructure, guess again. Lies, lies, lies, are all you get out of the federal government these days:
Is there any honesty in Washington DC coming from anyone in the republiCON party?
LINK to article:
Do not believe this lie for one nanosecond.
...is so strange.
I can see blue sky with zero contrails. The traffic on the highway is less than 10% of normal- I can sometimes hear no vehicles at all.
We are still selling privacy trees for those with more time spent at home now.
Avondale redbud beginning to flower. Rare tree!
Wonder why we are all wondering how best to deal with this epidemic? Maybe it’s because there is absolutely the very most pathetic individual “in charge of” our country. “In charge of,” but actually doing NOTHING more than assigning blame, sowing hatred within our population, pitting groups of us against other groups of us, and trying to confuse the illiterate and stupid amongst us so that we do not know who to blame for the misery that we have endured, we are enduring, and we will endure in the future.
Wanna know who is to blame for Covid-19???
tRUMP himself- liar of the century!
Link to tRUMP’s lies about CV:
I have been through HELL. Not the kind of hell coronavirus victims have been through, that’s for sure, but my own coronavirus hell.
I read A LOT. News, mostly, and when this whole thing started I watched it unfolding in China.
SERVES ‘EM RIGHT, I thought to myself as I saw for the first time how the barbaric Chinese people torture helpless animals for their own bloodlust. Burning dogs so they can eat them. Dogs that look like mine. Helpless cats, bats, pangolins crammed in cages so tight they can’t breathe. Serves ‘em right, I thought to myself as the death toll mounted.
Their horrific “wet markets” with live animals watching their friends get cruelly eviscerated in the most inhuman way. BARBARIANS, those Chinese people.
Ive been reading for decades how the pathetic demand for trinkets in China has driven countless species in every continent to the brink of extinction as the world watched, NOBODY doing anything to stop the Chinese from catching sharks- brutally slicing their fins off and tossing their still-alive bodies back into the ocean for the long descent 30,000’ down to the bottom of the ocean. Millions per year, and for what? For shark fin soup.
I hate the Chinese culture more than any other, perhaps because I am a disciple of the natural world, having spent my entire life working in it. The Chinese culture is responsible for the decline of ecosystems throughout the world, and I thought at the time that the natural world had somehow conspired to find some sort of revenge for the billions of souls lost to that criminal regime.
Might I suggest to them to try alcohol as an aphrodisiac instead of the ground up horn sawed off an almost extinct white rhino?
Perhaps cannabis for the couple if “she’s not interested?”
Maybe some other love solutions that do not involve the eradication of the natural world’s other magnificent creatures? WHATS WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE?
Link to scientific american article:
This will never happen though, we can’t change China. There are way too many Chinese with deep-seated traditions of animal murders for various cures of the faltering human condition in China. It’s a battle we cannot wage and win, don’t even try.
Did you know that the Chinese have prisons for black bears? Yes it’s true. They keep black bears in jail cells their entire lives with tubes attached to some organ so they can extract bile from the bear for a sort of aphrodisiac or similar “traditional medicine.”
The virus showed up in Washington state and in other spots across the world in no time flat. Hmmm, other side of the country- far away I thought. Wasn’t long before it was in Larchmont, New York. Then Westport ct. then all over. It happened over the course of three months as we all watched it happen in not-so-slo-mo.
When it got here, I closed the store, laid everybody off, went home. I read the news for one straight week and got so stressed out I got sick. Sore throat, runny nose, fever. Thought I had CV. Made out my will, paid off creditors, and did things “just in case.” Focused much hatred on pathetic lying president tRUMP, cause of most of America’s problems.
I got better after four days and felt like a million bucks after a week. When I read how sick others were when they got CV, I realized that I never had it. I was certainly sick. But I was stressed-sick, not CV sick.
It’s three weeks later now, and the buds are swelling on plants and trees. The spectacular bird songs are back in my life now. Perennials are popping through the mulch, and my employees are working again. I irrigate, make soil and mulch deliveries, and plan for the future. There IS A FUTURE for us. We CAN survive and live to see another spring.
Link to NYT article:
The ecosystem in Connecticut is going on as usual. Insects, birds, plants, and weather is proceeding just like it has for hundreds of thousands of years.
It makes me glad to be alive. VERY ALIVE, and part of the evolving spring awakening. I am part of nature. We all are, and this simple obvious fact is something that too many of us have forgotten or never knew.
Without going on and on and on, please let me suggest to you to try this summer to pick one day a week to disconnect from the man made new culture and go back in time at home.
Try growing your own food. Start a garden. Start small. Increase it next year. Get dirty. Get sweaty. Grow, harvest, cook, and store. Share the excess.
Don’t know how to do it? Learn.
Try putting down the goddamn cellphone, bet you can’t. Get rid of Facebook.
Sleep with the windows open. Let the birds wake you up in the morning. Go back in time to a simpler life.
I’ve got a few observations about what coronavirus has done to me:
1. I can’t go back to my pre-coronavirus life. I want more time at home. I don’t want to work so much. I want more out of life. I don’t want to drive so much.
2. I want to learn more about nature. I realize there is so much I do not know and understand. I’d like to change that.
3. I realize now thanks to CV just how tenuous my life is, and how quickly the time I have left on this earth can be snatched away from me. It can happen at any time, and nobody is really immune to mother nature’s wrath.
4. As much as we thought that our culture is advanced, it is not. Our federal government led by tRUMP is a pathetic, corrupt, greedy, amoral collection of losers who do not give one shit about me, mine, or any of you. If you think otherwise, you haven’t been paying attention. We really need to educate ourselves, think for yourselves, and prepare YOURSELF, because those who we thought would be there for us aren’t.
5. I recognize and appreciate and respect people I never really ever thought about before. Grocery checkout people. Policemen. Mailmen. I make it a point to thank them when both they and I least expect it. I just sometimes now blurt out appreciative words on a whim. Doing that makes me feel good.
But most of all, this is a wake up call for all of humanity-
We are all a part of nature, a nature we have polluted, trampled, raped, pillaged and plundered. We as a culture don’t give one shit about nature. Global warming and coronavirus have given us this last wake up call. If we do not listen to this call, I feel we are doomed to slide down that slippery slope into inevitable extinction ourselves.
Seriously- turn off tech, put on those old shitty jeans you thought you would never wear ever again, and go out into the yard and find a task. Any task will do. Grab a family member. Feel the sun and wind on your skin. Smell the earth under the leaf pile. Hear the birds. Bet you can’t identify more than two bird songs.
ABOVE ALL, start growing your own food. You will find an entire world of satisfaction waiting for you, and you will have a single-celled pathogen to thank for your awakening.
You see? There really can be a silver lining in even the darkest clouds.
Post script- article I found today in the strangest news organization on the planet:
...as evidenced by many errors in 2020, with this navy epidemic the latest (I think).
Let’s get this straight-
The CAPTAIN of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier is refused help repeatedly by the navy. His repeated appeals went unanswered so he copied thirty people on his last email, and it got out and pissed off tRUMP, totally humiliated by the letter going public-
WHAT??? His grandiose navy succumbing to coronavirus??? “YOU’RE FIRED!!!”
Meet my son. Pilot in training, not even 16 yet, and 10 hours away from getting his pilots license. Ten hours and fourteen months.
If you think for one minute that I would allow him to join our navy, you can buy this bridge I have for sale.
This is the letter that I wrote to the secretary of defense who supports the decision to FIRE the brave captain who was just trying to save the lives of his crew. Now that brave captain has the virus, and he may die.
Our navy uppity-ups are just doing what dotard tells them to do- fire that guy! “OK.” Why didn’t they support the captain’s decision? Why didn’t they help the sailors in the first place???
I’m mailing this letter tomorrow.
Happy with our government? Glad to hear.
NOT HAPPY with our government??? SAY SOMETHING!
Gonna just wait for November? Fine.
I will not wait until then. Our government under tRUMP has moved on to negligent homicide with its juvenile immature handling of this epidemic and someone- ALL OF US- need to hold their feet to the fire until they do their jobs and save us!
Link to article-
Maybe there were shitloads of letters like mine because:
HEY tRUMP!! GO STRAIGHT TO HELL, where you belong. Cooler heads in our population eventually prevailed, and your retaliation against this American hero is being overturned. November is sneaking up on you, DOTARD, your time at the helm is almost up:
LINK to article-
New York’s governor Cuomo steps up to the plate this winter, bypassing tRUMP’s selfish, amoral, completely corrupt and pathetic response to coronavirus’ attack on our country. Cuomo offers FACTS, direction, and comfort to all Americans at a time when the federal government acts more like our enemy than our protector.
Asshole in charge tRUMP falters at even the easiest tasks, fucking our country daily with his stupidity. How long can this complete loser be in charge of us???
tRUMP did not invent, create, release coronavirus amongst us. But tRUMP certainly did not do one thing right during this crisis, and what he FINALLY DID DO, he did two months too late.
Fox News and tRUMPS pathetic ignorant supporters continue to support him, having invested too much in tRUMP throughout the years. To turn on tRUMP at this moment in time would be to admit they are wrong about DOTARD.
tRUMP and his supporters are more of a threat to America’s interests than the Russians, iranians, North Koreans, Muslims, Mexicans (who else?) combined.
When do we get to wave goodbye to all of them ?