[Tweeters] Those Incredible Nerd's
asmalllife at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 10:29:13 PDT 2012
Never underestimate the power and tenaciousness of nerds in possession of
Oak Harbor, WA
On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM, jeff gibson <gibsondesign at msn.com> wrote:
> Yesterday (4/23) was about as warm an April day as I can remember in the
> last few years, at least around here. I was feeling lucky in the afternoon
> and stopped off at Fields Riffle just downstream from Snohomish.
> The riparian willows and cottonwoods were awash in Yellow- rumped Warblers
> - I gave up trying to keep track, a few singing quietly. Saw a pair of FOY
> Yellowthroats, the male singing just a bit, and up high in an alder, a
> bright Goldfinch was singing away- the first I've heard this year. Ah yes,
> those incredible birds!
> As always, I stopped and checked out the humble sand patch along the trail
> for bugs. There I spied a few Oregon Tiger Beetles, the iridescent beauty
> of which could compete quite well with a tropical Hummingbird in terms of
> shiny color. It's just that they're so puny - about 1/2" long - that most
> folks wouldn't notice. Most would just write these off as flies on the
> trail - they are incredibly zippy, on the ground and in flight. It has been
> suggested that Tiger Beetle's, for their size, are the fastest animals on
> earth, moving so fast at times that their own eye's can't keep up. Amazing.
> What I find almost equally amazing is how anyone could figure that out. I
> mean, what kind of incredible nerd would it take to come up with data like
> that? And what kind of super nerd equipment, what kind of cool ultra
> bug-o-meters would something like that be measured with? Incredible! I
> should say that I consider the label Nerd a term of endearment, a
> compliment. Why, I have several nerd-like qualities myself, and I imagine,
> since you're reading tweeters, you just might be a nerd too. Maybe even one
> of those Incredible ones.
> Jeff Gibson
> nerding about in
> Snohomish Co. Wa
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> Tweeters at u.washington.edu
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