Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Back From The Dead

Knock knock knock.


Um, hello? Is there anybody in here? Jesus, it's musty as fuck in here. Let's clear out some of these cobwebs and get back to fucking work.

Okay, thanks. Well, here we are. Elephant in the room, I know, but obviously I haven't posted anything here in a couple months. By far the longest stretch of silence since I started this thing up. I'd rather not get into the specifics of what's been going down, but know that shit is good, I'm energized, and I'm hopeful that we won't fall into a barren stretch like this again. It's weird, but with the exception of responding to a few emails, this is most I've typed into my computer in a long time.

Alright, birds...let's see what we've got. Well, Saturday was the Austin CBC, but I've recently come out as anti CBC, so I ate oysters and steak tartare and drank rye whiskey instead. I think I won. I may look into a different CBC this year, but honestly, I hate the commitment of spending all day in a specific, smallish area without getting to choose who's there with me. It's like that Sartre play, No Exit. "Hell is other people." (I know that's a loose, simple, and somewhat mistaken translation, but that shit just rolls off the tongue.) So yeah, no CBC for me. That said, let's get to some fucking birds.

Least Grebes bred a mile or so from my house. This is the first of two broods.
I found a Prairie Warbler this fall, with the legendary Thunderbolt Moreno.
Oh yeah, and I watched a Yellow-throated Vireo eat the shit out of a bug.

I saw this handsome Common Nighthawk whilst unsuccessfully searching for a Lesser Nighthawk. 
And this is a Yellow Warbler.
Okay, I've got some other things I could share, but I think we should start off a bit slow after such a long break. Kind of ease our way back into it all, you know? I appreciate your understanding. Until next time, nerds!


  1. Good post. Glad to see This Machine back in action.

    I view CBCs in a similar way. I'm glad they exist and all, and they can be fun, but how many have I done in the last five Something like that.

  2. Ha! Glad I'm not the only one on hiatus. Or actually not, I guess, but all the same good that This Machine is blogging some more.

    Your chicks to adult ratio with Least Grebes is very high in that shot, definitely scoring some extra points.

  3. How did I miss this post? Get back to it please. I don't want to hear excuses about Kitty needing her meds, I want bird photos dammit and I want them now. A pile of Least Grebe babies helps, but that's just a start. Go fucking birding, asshole. Thanks.