Friday, June 5, 2009

Bird Humor


I'm headed to the cabin this weekend and participating in a craft show on Saturday (in downtown Gaylord, MI in case you're in the area!!) I thought I would leave you with some bird humor! I'll catch up with all of you on Monday.


Burkett's laws of birding

*The First Law of Birding: The greater the time spent searching for a rarity, the greater the chances it will be sitting on your car when you return to the parking lot.

*The Second Law of Birding: There are two sides of a tree; the side facing you and the side where the bird is.

*The Third Law of Birding: When you see the bird that you have always wanted to see, it will be in the last spot you thought of looking for it.

*The Fourth Law of Birding: The best bird seen during a trip is usually seen in bad light, isn't calling or singing, is seen for less than a second, and is the last "trip bird".
-- by Cody Burkett, Phoenix, AZ

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You just might be a bird lover and squirrel hater if... (#6)
1. You always wait for all of the birds to fly away before running outside and chasing squirrels from under your bird feeders.
2. Sometimes you forget to put on your slacks before running outside and chasing squirrels from your feeders.
3. You chase squirrels from your feeders by standing at your open patio door and barking loudly at them.
4. Squirrels run away when you bark at them but the birds at your feeders have learned to ignore the barking.
5. Your neighbor asks how you trained your dog to scare the squirrels away from your feeders by barking loudly at them from the patio door and you don't have a dog.
6. You chase squirrels from your feeders by running through the yard, yelling wildly, and squirting them with the water pistol you bought for your grandson's birthday next month.
7. You decide to keep the water pistol you bought for your grandson's birthday and get him another gift because squirting squirrels is both effective in chasing them away from your feeders and a whole lot of fun.
8. The birds in your backyard have become so accustomed to seeing you chase squirrels that they no longer bother to fly to nearby trees.
9. When running after squirrels and squirting them with your water pistol, you never notice you've forgotten to put on your slacks until you're in the far back corner of your yard.
10. It's laugh-out-loud funny to see a squirrel running away from the feeders and falling head-over-heels over the bird water dish that you placed in the grass between the feeders and the tree.

--- from Anita Riechers, retired pre-birder from the greater St. Louis area

35 comments:

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hahahaha! That was great! Thanks for the smiles, Shelley, and have a great time at your craft show.

bennie and patsy said...

Very good , have a prosperous week-end.
Patsy

Mike and Lizette's Travels and Thoughts said...

That is good Bird humor. LOL

Dorothy said...

Very funny Shelley! Blessings for a great weekend!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

These are soooo funny and so true!
I do actually have a water gun that I keep just outside my door! And the birds do not fly away when I chase away the squirrels!

I would love to post these on my blog next time, if that is OK. You know how much trouble I have had with the squirrels.

Ok, this is very strange... the letters that I have to type in for "word verification", the first 4 are the first 4 letters of a friend of mine's first name and the last 3 are the last 3 of her last name! Isn't that freaky!?!

holdingmoments said...

Nice one.
Have a great weekend Shelley.

Mildred said...

Very cute! Best wishes for much success and lots of fun.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shelley, Enjoy your cabin --and enjoy your day in Gaylord.

The bird jokes are so cute. No. 4 about the squirrels and birds is ME. I can yell and clap to get rid of the chipmunks and squirrels--but seldom does my hollering scare the birds!!!! ha

Hugs,
Betsy

BirdingMaine said...

LOL, I love it! the squirrels here hate me but love my wife.

Love the Loon pair photo!

Andy said...

PBurkett's laws of birding put a big smile on my face and yes, I have barked at squirrels :lol:

Ginnymo said...

Ha! Ha! I love this post! I needed some laughs!! Thanks Shelly and have a wonder time up at the cabin. Hugs!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

FUNNY!

jalynn01 said...

I can definitely relate to most of these funny sayings but the tip on a water gun for the squirrels is useful. I will be buying one this week end. Have a nice time while away!!

NCmountainwoman said...

I am really suffering from Burkett's second law. Our woodpeckers are feeding the fledglings...and ALWAYS on the other side of the tree. Honestly, the fledglings tease me by sitting on my side of the tree until mom comes back with the food...then around the tree they scurry.

Daisy said...

That made me laugh! So Shelley, do YOU run outside with a squirt gun to chase away the squirrels without your pants on?! HA!

(Wait, that didn't come out right... sounds like it is the squirrels that are without pants!! HA!)

Oh well, you know what I mean. :D

Hope the craft show goes great!

Montanagirl said...

Very funny and cute, Shelley. Have fun over the weekend.

fishing guy said...

Shelly: I have decided to just call it a feeder becayse of the diversity it attracts.
Have a great trip.

The Retired One said...

Funny!
I resemble some of those remarks!!!

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Fun humor, Shelley! Have fun at the B&B conference. :-) We know it's not a craft fair...

Elaine said...

Thanks for the laugh. Have a good weekend at the cabin.

Rural Rambler said...

Hits way too close to home. I am ashamed to admit to behavior similar to description in your post.

Have a great weekend at the cabin and hit that picture takin' button and share the pics with us!

Mary said...

LOL! Love the birding laws, but of course, I would never chase my squirrels out of my yard...with or without slacks :-)

Kallen305 said...

Yup, I can identify with most of that! Good luck at the cabin this weekend, I hope you see your loons!

Jayne said...

Love those laws of birding and laughed out loud! Have a fun weekend Shelley. :c)

Eve said...

A good laugh Shelley, Thanks. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tina said...

So if I really do bark out the windows once in a while at the squirrels, I should start to worry??
lol these were very entertaining!!

MuseSwings said...

About the squirrel list - yup!

Nick S said...

Haha , some of that is oh so true Shelley.
Cheers !

troutbirder said...

Ah thanks. I needed this. Especially about my very annoying squirrels. :)

Cindy said...

Great post. I like the second law of birding. Sounds like the luck I would have.

Love those Loons.

Have a great Sunday,
Cindy

Chris said...

Excellent Shelley, and the pictures are as usually wonderful ! I've seen it in the North of the country last week-end but the pictures need a lot of post-treatment as the light was really hard!!

Sandy said...

hahah love the second law of birding, yup!

Smalltown RN said...

when I lived in the city I used to get so mad at the squirrels for eating the bird feed. Now that I live out in the country I think I have seen maybe two squirrles...the eagles,hawks and suck keep the squirrels in under control...no bird feeder issues anymore.....well there are but it's not the squirrels that are the issue...

That was a very enjoyable post...thank you

Rene said...

LOL! I love the birding rules. Not so sure about the squirrel hating ones. :\

:D

Leedra said...

I LOVE this...needed the laugh. I have been known to chase the peacocks off my back deck in my nightgown. And the Tree Swallow sat right there and watched me. Guess all that talking to the Tree Swallows paid off.