February 16, 2008

Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is happening this weekend.

There is even a blog.

It's not too late to join in. M. will submit the count we do on Sunday and Monday anyway for Project Feeder Watch.

This habit of putting "Great" in names took off during the 1976 United States Bicentennial celebrations, a time of cheap nostalgia. You saw a lot of "Great American ..." too in business names: "Great American Ice Cream Store," that kind of thing.

So now every time I see "Great ..." in a name, I think of red, white, and blue bell-bottoms and Jimmy Carter.

But the house finches don't know what decade it is.

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