Monday, May 11, 2009

Hey! We Gots Naycher Too!

Look who built a nest in the cherry tree that hangs over our backyard. Since she doesn't seem to move very much, I'm sure there are eggs being hatched here. I'll keep an eye on things and get some shots of the babies, once they make their appearance.


We also have a mated pair of cardinals. I have no idea how long cardinals live so I don't know if it's the same pair that come back every year, or their kids or just some random cardinal interlopers. I'll try to get some pictures of them too. They usually pay a visit in the afternoon, but they're not all that obliging when it comes to posing for portraits.

14 comments:

Jeff Hentosz said...

"We gots yer naycher right here."

Jim Wright said...

Nature? You call that nature?

Call me back when you've got grizzles nesting in your backyard

Yes, grizzlies nest. They build huge nests from logs and rocks and grizzly spit - then they lay giant eggs the size of VW beetles, which they sit on for months. When the little grizzly hatchlings emerge, the mother grizzle prowls the neighborhood streets for prey, such as water buffalo, giraffes, and hobos, and brings them back to the little ones so that they'll grow big and strong enough for the fall migration to Miami. Ahhh, it's a beautiful sight, flocks of giant brown grizzlies soaring in V formation as they head south for the winter.

You don't want to be under them though, just sayin...

Nathan said...

Jim, it's Brooklyn. That's the biggest damned hunk-o-naycher I could find.

Besides that, I think you're lying to me. Everybody knows that grizzlies emerge in a larval stage and then molt twice before they get their legs and fur. Sheesh!

Jim Wright said...

Yeah, but the flying south for the winter part, that's absolutely true.

Jim Wright said...

So far as you know.

Eric said...

Speaking of which, Jim: since we all know how wide a grizzly bear's derrierre is, do you think their migration habits will be disrupted by all these new airline policies that will require the bears to purchase an extra seat or take another flight down?

Jim Wright said...

Grizzlies are unaffected since they usually ride first class (they are, after all, the king of bears). However, if forced to ride in coach they often eat their seatmates, both because the proffered snacked box is unsatisfying, and for the leg room - so you know, it's not a problem. Though I do understand that a number of baggage handlers have been mauled since the new $25 per bag rule was implemented.

Jeff Hentosz said...

Jim, is it possible that grizzlies are so ornery because, while Kodiak bears sail through security unimpeded when they travel, grizzlies have to show a photo ID or passport always? Because that's what I've heard.

Anne C. said...

What a sweet little bird! Very appropriate for (the day after) Mother's Day. :)

Nathan said...

Thanks Anne,

I'm glad to see someone's on topic here!

Jim Wright said...

Sooorreee!

I was just trying to educate you about nature, that's all.

Nice fucking bird, Nathan.

Not very exciting, but nice in a not very exciting like a grizzly sort of way. Woooooooo!

Jeff, I believe you are correct.

Nathan said...

Jim,

If I want Grizzly excitement, I'll go to the Bronx. That's why we've got a fucking zoo.

Speaking of which, I saw an article online today about how a bunch of folks in Anchorage are all peeved because bears keep coming into town and the authorities refuse to shoot them all.

Jim Wright said...

Yeah, I read that too.

Idiots.

These are the same people who move to Alaska, then bitch about the wildlife, the weather, the roads, the cost of living, and everything else. They need to take their lattes and flipflops and go the fuck back where they came from.

Wendy said...

I had similar neighbors in a Bradford Pear outside my balcony a few years ago. Parents got used to my coming out very quietly and taking a few photos from time to time.

Have a pair of cardinals that wooed, mated, and I think are just finishing up with their first brood in one of the trees behind my current abode. Seems to be more chirping and cheeping the last few days.

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