Saturday, May 9, 2020
Birds of Buffalo
I went walking this morning in Delaware Park in a snowstorm. I do not care if it is May 9. It really did whip into a snowstorm. Welcome to Buffalo, kids!
It got so bad that I had to turn back. I was walking around Hoyt Lake and the water was thrashing around and the snow was blowing.
In the meantime I saw a couple of great birds!
From time to time on this Web log we confer about birds. Which is lucky! Because the first bird I saw was a fat little songbird, bright yellow with a touch of gray.
I thought: I do believe I have seen this bird before. Because I remembered writing about it here and headlining it "Yellow Bird."
Sure enough! And now I see it was an American Goldfinch.
That was six years ago. These birds do not appear too often!
Then I saw a bright orange bird! Considering we were in a snowstorm it was funny there were all these tropical-looking birds.
I was pretty sure the orange bird was a Baltimore Oriole, even though I had never seen one before. I just checked into it ...
... and yes, I can say pretty positively that it was. Here is something I did not know: Wikipedia says: "It received its name from the resemblance of the male's colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore."
What does Lord Baltimore's coat of arms look like? Ah!
Lord Baltimore's coat of arms is incorporated into the flag of Maryland, home to the city of Baltimore. The things we are learning!
What about the Lady Baltimore Cake? There is a recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook. I should bake one to celebrate.
But moving on...
When I got home my cat Jeoffry was fascinated by something out the back window. I looked over his shoulder and there was a cardinal! Not the tropical-looking male cardinal but the more subtle female, sitting on a wire.
Jeoffry was transfixed and so was I!
There is a funny meme going around about people stuck at home because of the virus. It shows people stuck at home watching the bird feeder and the cat -- an orange cat! -- thinking, "I told them it was cool."
It is! Cool. Especially today.
Has the snow stopped yet?