that I have unease on this glorious green day
full of birdsong and kid-laughter;
I’ve been hearing the Black billed Cuckoo sing all night now that it’s breeding season.
In fact, I feel like a Black billed Cuckoo who’s eaten too many spiny caterpillars
& the spines have stuck in my stomach lining.
She periodically sheds such to remove the spines;
perhaps our PFN* will be shed & with him my unease.
*PFN=President for Now
(For more info on the diet of this nearly foot-long bird see the above.)
Another Inquiry (not one Mr. Mueller need attend to though): Black-billed Cuckoos keep the destructive writhing Tent Caterpillars in check; how about our writhing PFN*? (a 420 character 9-liner) (For more info on Mr. Mueller and his task see below.)
Inscribed in stone:
Water resources, wildlife, tribal communities, forests, habitats, mountains (etc.)
are our national treasures.
The Antiquities Act serves as a shorthand reminder
that natural resources & wonders
must be valued & preserved,
not opened up for, say, radioactive uranium mining & other destructive activities;
“declassified; put under advisement, written off.”
They should be as if inscribed in stone.
Join an effective conservation group that will mobilize its grassroots (deliberately organic wording here) and put pressure on Congress to protect our precious lands.
*Our President for Now or PFN if I’m needing fewer characters to stay within my 420 character limit.
Trying to understand the President-for-now
is as difficult as identifying warblers
for which I attend to their head pattern:
Intra-ocular stripe? Supercilious?
& @ the other end: the undertail coverts, tail pattern, spots or wingbars?
I have the downloadable version of the Quick Finder section from The Warbler Guide!
I need such for the P-f-n.
Is there a pattern? Is he covert or just spotty?
What’s IN his head? Trying.
Identifying Warbler Guide Cheat Sheets
From the Princeton Unviersity Press
The minute people got their hands on The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, they started asking if we might provide downloadable versions of the Quick Finder section. Thank you for all the great suggestions! We are very pleased to offer these image files for people to download, laminate, and keep in their backpack. They are incredibly useful in the field because they present a quick snapshot of every North American species of warbler for side-by-side comparison.
Warbler 45 degree view
Study and learn what different warblers look like at a 45 degrees view. This sheet is especially helpful for warbler that tend to spend a fair amount of time within the mid story of trees.
Warblers by Age and Sex
One of the biggest frustrations and mis-id’s can come from female, and juveniles. This resource will help you be able to id when a bird is either female or a juvenile.
Eastern Warblers Fall Guide
Warblers headed south for the winter take on a different appearance than when they are headed to their northern breeding grounds. This guide focuses on those differences for warblers found in the eastern United States.
Eastern Warblers Spring Guide
Warblers headed north to their breeding grounds are often brightly colored and easy to id. This guide focuses on those differences for warblers found in the eastern United States.
Warbler Face Finder
If you happen to get a good look at the face of a warbler you should be able to id it. This guide will help distinguish the facial markings for all warblers.
Warbler Side Finder
More often than not you get a glimpse of the sides of a warbler. While not always a positive ID, this guide can help narrow the choices.
Warbler Undertail Finder
The most common view of a warbler is in fact its undertail. This guide will help narrow your id choices for those high canopy species.
Warbler Underview Finder
If you get lucky and a branch is not in the way then the underview finder will help id birds seen from below.
Western Warbler Quick Finder
This guide is necessary for anyone in the western flyway during migration to easy id western warbler species.