10. The Ramble
To: Stateemail@example.com. The Link
From: Birder Birderson
Subject: A lovely day in the deep woods
My husband and I took our car - a late 80's Honda that we've kept up in wonderful shape (it's really a pleasure to drive, and it's older than our kids!) - out for a day in the woods near Miggicanoe Neck State Park this past Sunday. We had a lovely breakfast of coffee and toast and jam and eggs all on the clean china we got for our wedding (so long ago now!). The sun was warm and bright and made the prettiest shadows along the road as we traveled north. We paused at the intersection of Route 34 and noticed that Harold's is gone! When did that happen? Now it's a Wendy's...I remember when it was all fields back in that part. Alas. Anyway, we made it to the state park around 9 but didn't have money for the entrance fees. So we had to turn around and go back to - guess where - the Wendy's to get change! I ended up getting a spicy chicken sandwich (it really was spicy! But the lettuce was too wet) and my husband got one of those chocolate shakes, I forget what they're called.
We got back to the entrance and put our money in the little paper envelopes they had. The parking lot was not too full, but also not too empty. I'd say there were about 7 other cars there, but it was spread out over a big parking lot. We parked and decided we'd just stroll around and see what birds we saw. My husband and I both got our binoculars from the backseat, but realized we forgot our camera! It's OK, it's a pretty old camera anyway and doesn't take the best pictures. I have such a hard time with the little focus-thingy! I want to get a new one but they're just so complicated. And I hate going to those big stores by the mall with all the kids with blue hair that smell like cologne and are always doing horseplay. Maybe I'll put one on my Christmas list! Anyway, then we saw four Canada Geese.
From: Birdy McBirds
Subject: FWD: mallard cam
I know this is out of state but my boss forwarded my a link to an internet camera that you can see mallards swimming on a pond in Canada! http://canadanews.ca/national/breakingnews/swimingduckscamera
Good birding! -Birdy
8. The Forwarded eBird Checklist With No Summary or Interesting Birds
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Activist
> Date: Feb 9, 2012 7:36:36 PM EST
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Town Park State Forest - Feb 9, 2012
> Feb. 9, 2012 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> .5 mile(s)
> Comments: Alone. It was cold. Big trees, mostly.
> 34 species
> Canada Goose 140
> Mallard 2
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 3
> Mourning Dove 5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 18
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 14
> Hairy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 12
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Blue Jay 40
> American Crow 12
> Fish Crow 12
> Carolina Chickadee 50
> Tufted Titmouse 40
> White-breasted Nuthatch 28
> Brown Creeper 1
> Carolina Wren 23
> Winter Wren 5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 25
> American Robin 7
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> European Starling 6
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
> Eastern Towhee 3
> Song Sparrow 15
> White-throated Sparrow 19
> Dark-eyed Junco 19
> Northern Cardinal 12
> House Finch 3
> American Goldfinch 10
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
From: Birdsly Birdman
Subject: Must Support Carbon Tax!
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6. The Guy Who Hates Breeding Codes
To: Statefirstname.lastname@example.org. The Two-Cents
From: Ol' Birdlinger Birderson
Subject: RE: LBBG at the marina
I read the post but what is a LBBG? I don't want to think or learn these things myself so please everyone make sure never to use breeding codes on your posts ever because I don't understand. How hard is it to just write out "Oldsquaw" anyway?
To: Stateemail@example.com. The Cardinal
From: Birdsler Birdslerton
Subject: Re: RE: Re: Re: RE: Parking situation at Portfield Marina
I agree with what everyone has said.
To: Statefirstname.lastname@example.org. The Spam
From: Birdette Birdinglier
I had a male cardinal at my feeder this morning.
To: Stateemail@example.com. The Guy Who Didn't See Many Birds That Day and So It's Probably Global Warming
Subject: Dealz on shoez!
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To: Statefirstname.lastname@example.org. The Return of the Cardinal
From: Birdd O'Birder
Subject: Where Are All The Birds?
I went around to some of my usual haunts today but didn't notice many birds, is anyone else noticing the same thing?
First, I went to the bird feeder, but there were only two birds. Then I checked the pond but there weren't any ducks, usually there are some ducks! I don't think I heard a bird all day. Is there something going on? Where did all the birds go? I'd hate to think about what it is but I think I know. I think it's probably global warming. Well, I guess that's the last of the birds.
From: Birdille Birdy
Subject: RE: backyard
Birdette, your post reminded me that my son said that he had one cardinal in his backyard last week.