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A bit of bird watching silliness

Saturday was my first sail since early February, and as I slipped out of the creek I saw my first Osprey of the season. I realized that St. Patrick’s Day was this week and that the Ospreys always arrive on St. Patrick’s Day. I have always marveled at the Osprey’s precise timing. I have gone out the day before St. Patrick’s Day and not seen a single Osprey, and gone out the next day on St. Patrick’s day and there they were taking up home on the various channel markers.

As I contemplated this phenomena, the Osprey flew along side my boat, and on a whim I hailed the osprey and asked, “Tell me Mr. Osprey why is it that you always arrive for St. Patrick;’s day?”

Much to my amazement, the osprey responded in a thick brogue.
“Aye Laddie I see your confusion,
It comes from calling me Osprey,
Instead of by my propers.... O’sprey,
For an Osprey might miss a Saint Paddie’s
But never a Mr. O’sprey”


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Re: A bit of bird watching silliness

Aye Mr. Halperin. And quite amazin' birds they be. While I don't doubt your tale I had to check the range of such far reachin' feathered friends. T'would seem that they do not spend much time near ol' Erin though.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...obal_range.svg

Their worldwide range though is rather amazin'. That is, do you believe in this wikimedia nonesense.

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Re: A bit of bird watching silliness

Sigh.

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Re: A bit of bird watching silliness

Caleb ... as I constantly tell the lovely Ms Wombet .... never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn.

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Yep, the O'Spreigh. A fine bird 'tis.
They don't show up here in upstate NY till early spring--sometime in July.
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Osprey can you see ?

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Re: A bit of bird watching silliness

Good to see no tern unstoned.
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Ok that does it. I'm outa here. Osprey la vista.
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You'll egret it ....
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Re: A bit of bird watching silliness

You folks are robin a decent thread and crow-ating a public nuance. Tern a new leaf and sparrow-owl of us these fine feathered abuses.


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