Thursday, November 5, 2009

Begging For Tips Is Begging Just The Same

One of the friendly faces in Florida's Big Cypress Swamp.

EL PASO, Texas. My fall tour is coming down to the home stretch.....I'm perched at the western edge of Texas, bound for Flagstaff, Arizona tomorrow night. It will be a long and perilous drive, fraught with stress because I won't be able to pick what music to listen to, with the glut of great new music that has come out lately (see the list over on the right there). At the moment, Strike Anywhere is really leaving an impression....its a breath of fresh air, after being in the south for so long. I also managed to catch Dead To Me and Banner Pilot in San Antonio last night, which is the first show I've been able to see since NOFX back in February. The new Dead To Me jams sounded pretty sweet.

A late-afternoon thunderstorm rolls in over the mangroves at Sannibel Island, Florida. You can see why people have an interest in dying here.

To my colleagues in Tallahassee, College Station and the legendary Schertz, I am deeply indebted to you, and I will repay my debt in blood.....or beer. Thanks again for having me over. The great ornithologist Felonious Jive sends love as well.

Bird Of The Day: Red-tailed Hawk. Yeah I didn't get out of the car much today. Tomorrow should be better though......

What is this. A kettle? Is this a kettle of storks? Or a flock? Whats the minimum number of birds that can constitute a kettle? Well, here's some Wood Storks in flight over the Everglades, at any rate.


  1. I don't think it's the number, it's the movement.
    If they circle together in a thermal, two can be a kettle (one might be stretching it a bit). If they just glide or fly actively, I'd say two can be a flock but even a hundred cannot be a kettle.

  2. Jochen - good call on the movement, I think youre right on!

  3. Wow, you think I am right?

    That finally proves it: even a blind chicken will occasionally find a grain - as we say in German.