January 26, 2006

Bad bird!

41 bald eagle

On my way to Knob Noster State Park to help with a prescribed burn, I saw a bald eagle soaring above a valley, white tail and head lit by the sun.

He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

At least that's what Benjamin Franklin thought. Happy 300th!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huzzah! I've been chided by many patriots when I mention the lazy and conniving practices of the Bald Eagle. I have found over one hundred stinkpot turtle shells under an active eyrie, the small and lumbering little stinkpot. Quelle challenge. Moreover, I have seen an eagle take what rightfully belonged to a hard-working Red-tailed Hawk, a white-footed mouse found crossing the road; the eagle waited until the hawk had seriously injured the animal before moving in and snatching it from the hawk. How like America the eagle really is.


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