Had lunch at the park with some vaccinated friends today. It was nice just to be around people, but I noticed my in-person social skills have gotten rusty. Not that they were great to begin with.

birds on bike 

@tripofmice I think that's the female Red-winged Blackbird

@lordampersand I thought it was cool before the shading, and I like it even more afterwards.

@Cheeseness Oh, cool! I didn't realize those were little skin flaps. I thought they were just colorful feathers.

@Cheeseness Never heard of a wattlebird. Is it common? It looks cool!

@olivia Some people really want Mastodon to grow, but I'm worried it might lose much of its charm.

Well, it was easy until my partner found an unexplained pot of water cooling on the stove and tossed it down the drain. 🤕

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Hummingbirds are returning!

It's easy and cheap to make hummingbird nectar:

1: Boil water
2. Dissolve sugar (1:4 sugar:water)
3. Let cool

Change every couple of days. Extra can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

@craigmaloney Interesting. Which shell? I've used the `fg` command to do that in bash.

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a brood parasite, meaning it lays its eggs in other birds nests to be raised by someone else.

People say mean things about them, but it's kinda weird to assign morality to a bird's behavior. There's probably some hidden benefit the parasitic behavior provides to the ecosystem.

Carolina Wren, Louisville, Kentucky, 2020-11-27

These birds have a ton of character. This one looks cold, with its feathers all puffed out, and one foot tucked up in the feathers.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Louisville Kentucky 2020-11-27

I was directly below this one, and in the first photo its looking directly at me with a "WTF?" expression. You can clearly see the yellow spot on the top of its head that's not always visible.

This species looks similar to the European Goldcrest, and is related.

Brown Creeper, Louisville, Kentucky 2020-11-27

These birds blend in really well and are really hard to see.

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