Friday, November 14, 2008

Mr. Cardinal now has a name

He is Stan. After Stan Musial, who I guess played for the Cardinals way back when. Of course, it was Calvin who came up with the name. Stan was there bright and early this morning.

8 comments:

elise said...

We sometimes name our wildlife too! We have a black (gray) squirrel that is named Ralphie and now a deer with white down by its feet named Socks. Ralphie's been around quite sometime.

Lynne said...

I hope Stan stays a while! It seems odd to me that our back yard in New Hope is full of cardinals but just 100+ miles north of here they are a rare occurance.

BTW- we name critters too. I'm not sure why it seems to be human nature to name things, maybe it makes us feel like it's more a part of our lives.

forest wisdom said...

I think Stan is a splendid name for a Cardinal. Props to Calvin for coming up with that one. :)

Rurality said...

I have often thought that if Cardinals or Blue Jays were less common here, we'd be much more impressed with them! I love how Cardinals seem to be bright Christmas ornaments when the weather's gray.

pablo said...

I would have named him Ozzy.

nina said...

It's always an eye-opener to find that something we have in abundance, others rarely see and look forward to.
The Cardinal is our (OH) state bird--a plentiful fixture year round.

It sounds like you've put chilly days by the fire to good use!

RuthieJ said...

I hope you get more cardinals--I can't wait to hear what other names you and Calvin come up with! :-)

Deb said...

My apologies for not getting back to everyone here!

Elise- Ralphie! Reminds me of A Christmas Story.

Lynne- After Stan saw the forecast for this week, I think he headed further south. I haven't seen him for a couple days.

Forest Wisdom- Calvin is a wise young man, with a good mind for baseball trivia as well!

Rurality- I'll take any color that isn't gray or dull brown here in November!

Pablo- Ozzy- another good Cardinal choice. One of my favorite musicians, Sam Bush, a diehard Cardinals fan, wrote a song about him.

Nina- it was eye opening to me to find out that purple finches are a rarity for many. I love cardinals, no matter how scarce or abundant.

RuthieJ- As I told Lynne- I think Stan has moved on. But I am hoping for more feeder surprises yet this year!

I have seen many flocks of what I think are white winged crossbills. They fly into the top of a pine tree, then stay just long enough for me to run into the house and try to locate my binoculars, then as I am focusing, they are gone! Frustrating!