BIRD HANGING AROUND RESTAURANT

Vital global warming developments at Martha’s Vineyard:

“About two weeks ago, this bird started hanging around the restaurant, perching on the rail,” Mr. Cipolla recalled. The bird was brought to his attention by Lucas Do Carmo, one of the restaurant’s kitchen staff.

Mystified by the bird’s arrival, Mr. Cipolla surmised, “Maybe global warming brought it over.”

Add “restaurant staff mystified by bird arrival” to the global warming list.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/29/2006 at 09:55 AM
    1. I have had to mow the lawn more frequently these days – damn you global warming. (However, my clothes have been drying a lot quicker – so that’s a plus of sorts.)

      Posted by Humblogger (the Younger) on 2006 06 29 at 10:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. The team that won the NBA title this year is nicknamed the “Heat.”  Coincidence?  I think not.

      Posted by Randal Robinson on 2006 06 29 at 10:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Mystified by the bird’s arrival, Mr. Cipolla surmised, “Maybe global warming brought it over.”

      harryc, remind us again about how we unsophisticated conservatives dismiss global warming with non-scientific observations about the weather.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 29 at 10:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. Is that an open-air restaurant?  And do I want to eat off their tables?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 29 at 10:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. What was it? A kookaburra?  An ostrich?  An Andean Condor?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 29 at 10:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. If it was my local Chinese takeaway restaurant, we wouldn’t be reading about it here; it would have ended up on the menu as “Chicken” and Almond.

      Posted by Humblogger (the Younger) on 2006 06 29 at 11:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. If they did it as a publicity stunt, my hat’s off to them. I wouldn’t know where to begin to look for a bird rental outfit.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2006 06 29 at 11:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Unless it was an arctic tern or a tufted puffin, I don’t see what the fuss is about.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 29 at 11:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. HELP! HELP! There are birds in Toronto too! Ack! There’s another one. Duck everyone! Duck! We’re doomed… doomed.
      8==^(

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 29 at 11:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m surprised the Humane societies didn’t kill the bird for its own good.  They kill on principle.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 06 29 at 11:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. How many modes does the bird have?

      Posted by ForNow on 2006 06 29 at 11:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey!  Maybe the bird has an olive leaf in it’s beak, and is a messenger from God saying that the great flood of 2006 is over.

      Posted by murph on 2006 06 29 at 11:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ahh, more scientific evidence and comment to support El Al Gore.

      Posted by stats on 2006 06 29 at 11:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yesterday I looked out my front window and saw a tree growing in my front yard! Where the hell did that come from? We’re so screwed.

      Posted by Marin Republican on 2006 06 29 at 11:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Earlier this week, after observing Larry Bird make one of his carb stops, a restaurant-goer concerned about his well-being reported him for being “out of bounds” to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

      Something tells me this “restaurant-goer” has waaay too much time on his/her hands.

      Posted by Bashir Gemayel on 2006 06 29 at 11:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. Apparently the restaurant is also popular with Bill Clinton (scroll down).

      Posted by dipole on 2006 06 29 at 11:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Help! A whale has come aboard a small craft off Martha’s Vineyard! Must be global warming! We’re doomed!

      DAMN YOU BUSH AND YOUR JOOOOOOOS!!!!!

      Posted by SoberHT on 2006 06 29 at 12:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17.  Egad.  I could have gone all day without seeing that.  Get that man a shirt, or a bra at the very least.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 29 at 12:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17. What’s that whale doing with Gunga Din?

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 29 at 12:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. I hope the pi-chicken made the proper arrangements to insure that his flight over to the Vineyard was carbon neutral.

      The Black Dog Tavern, the first listed at dipole’s link, is also a Bubba favorite. He used to bring Monica presents featuring
      Black Dog’s logo.

      Marin Republican, when I went to Palo Alto to meet Omar and Mohammed Fadhil a couple of years ago, I had a brief conversation with two Marin Republicans. When I remarked that I hadn’t realized there were any Republicans in Marin County, one of the ladies replied that, yes, there were a couple of you and that you held your meetings in a phonebooth. That wasn’t you by any chance, was it?

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 06 29 at 01:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pigeon lands on the Vineyard – Global Warming
      Florida Hot in summer – Global Warming
      Glaciers Move back and forth – Global Warming

      If my Grandmother had nuts she would have been my Grandfather – Global Warming

      Posted by trainer on 2006 06 29 at 01:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Splash could use a “Bro”.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 06 29 at 01:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. First, we have alligators in Idaho and now racing pigeons in resturants.  Next, we’ll see dogs and cats living together!!!

      We’re doomed, I tells ya!  DOOMED!!!!!!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 06 29 at 01:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. #22, Kyda,

      He could be the poster-boy for a bro, if a person could stand looking at that vast white expanse without sunglasses.

      Of course, it would have to be fastened in the front.  He’d never get his arms to reach around to his back (though that might make a good SNL skit).

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 29 at 02:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. That’s nothing. Years ago, the water levels rose so fast at Martha’s Vineyard that JFK, Jr.‘s plane flew right into the water. Global warming. We’re all doomed.

      Posted by JohnO on 2006 06 29 at 02:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. I had a ring-billed gull hang around my far-from-water Central Ohio yard one cold winter.  He ate stuff I put out and preferred cat food.  Canned tuna was okay.  I imagine french fries would have been his favorite, if I’d put out any.

      The bread and water idea will starve the bird unless he finds real food somewhere.  Cat food is great for birds.

      A seagull sounds like an umbrella up close, by the way.  He got pretty tame.

      The humane society never found out about it, and now another tame bird is contaminating the environment.

      (I raised a baby Robin one year with an early cold windstorm ; it was like being in _The Birds_ movie, when I got home.  A chirp would come from the back fence line, and a growing dot would drop a turd and head towards me.  We never worked out landing procedures, and he’d usually wind up on my head, seeking blueberries that I’d hand him.

      He left intermittently a couple weeks after he started flying ; and one day no longer showed up.  But a caller to Ranger Bill on the radio related a story of a Robin who landed on her picnic table and squawked once at her.  She (being a woman and intuiting these things) figured he wanted water, since there was a drought at the time ; brought him water and he drank and bathed, and then flew off.  That’s my Robin, I said to myself.  Ranger Bill said he didn’t know, but a lot of people illegally raise these birds and maybe he was tame.  This was before they knew about global warming and its influence on birds.)

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 06 29 at 02:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mr. Whitney paid Larry Bird a visit at Jimmy Seas Tuesday and determined that although he is not wild, he is not banded, like most racing pigeons.

      Global Warming is releasing domesticated pigeons! God help us!

      Posted by Sigivald on 2006 06 29 at 02:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Looks like a plastic bird to me.

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 06 29 at 03:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. That’s nothing. Years ago, the water levels rose so fast at Martha’s Vineyard that JFK, Jr.’s plane flew right into the water.

      The Kennedys need to have another meeting-

      “For the last time, it goes like this:

      Car – road.
      Airplane – air.
      Boat – water.

      Got it now?”

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 29 at 03:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Damn George Bush and his damned plastic global-warming birds of doom!

      Posted by SoberHT on 2006 06 29 at 03:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #26 rhhardin

      A very touching story. Thanks

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2006 06 29 at 03:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. What I want to know, Tim, is which kookaburra mode this bird is in.

      Posted by Baby M on 2006 06 29 at 04:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. We have recently been adopted by a scrub turkey. It’s non-plastic, I kicked it to make sure. And then suddenly yesterday there were two of them!!!
      Get Al Gore here now!! We are all doomed with the appearance of a second unbidden TURKEY!!!!
      What’s next a plague of locusts?!
      Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
      The sky it falls!

      Posted by 81Alpha on 2006 06 29 at 04:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. This Bird of the family Paridae. The members of this family of birds, include chickadees and tits. Aptly named, wouldn’t you say?

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 29 at 08:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Damn, always forgetting things…Al, This one is for you.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 29 at 08:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. #35: Hey, everybody! Let’s go over and visit El Cid’s aviary!!

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 29 at 08:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Kennedy, I got your bird, right here.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 29 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Way OT

      Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has had his electorate wiped off the map in the new redistribution.

      linky poos AEC yet to put out a media release and the report is loaded with jargon but Gywdir is gone.

      Maybe it was caused by global warming

      Posted by The (WHMECDM) President on 2006 06 29 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have to report a headless frog on my lawn.  That would be pretty high on the ranometer scale, it seems to me, as global warnings go.

      He was there this morning, and he’s still there now at sunset.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 06 29 at 08:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Jesse Jackson family of birds.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 29 at 08:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. The rare Finger Lakes of New York, bird.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 29 at 08:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ooooooooo, rare find indeed, a trio of Standing Pisserupis

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 29 at 08:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. 6. If it was my local Chinese takeaway restaurant, we wouldn’t be reading about it here; it would have ended up on the menu as “Chicken” and Almond.

      Hopefully prepared with no M.S.G.  Although I’d be more comfortable if it prepared with no D.O.G.

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 06 29 at 09:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. #43 V of the C: Don’t know if it’s true, but a colleague of mine at work told me that they once busted a Chinese restaurant in Washington because they found dead cats in the freezer.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 29 at 09:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. What a hoot!  I worked at resterauntants all over the Island during the summer in high school and college and can’t remember birds not being present on the decks.  Birds are thick as democrats on Martha’s Vineyard – especially if their is food around.

      Posted by TianZi on 2006 06 29 at 09:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, for God’s sake. I used to raise these things. This is a fantail pigeon, a domestic ornamental breed (not a racing breed).

      The wild rock pigeon (your ordinary city pigeon), has been domesticated and there are scores of breeds, just as with chickens. I raised several ornamental breeds, including fantails, back in my younger days.

      That’s the fact, Jack.

      Posted by Stace on 2006 06 29 at 09:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. There’s an albino indian minah in my backyard now. Weirdest bird i’ve ever seen.

      Posted by slatts on 2006 06 29 at 10:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. I once tried to tame a Big Breasted Bed Thrasher. Much like the cuckoo, she decided to nest elsewhere.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 06 29 at 10:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. #47 slatts

      I reckon you’ve got a carry over from the White Australia policy.  Just goes to show birds can appear in strange places.

      And it’s merely another manifestation of global warming, of course.

      Posted by Wand on 2006 06 29 at 11:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Infidel Tiger, thanks for preserving my faith in Tim Blair’s commenters.

      LMAO!

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 06 30 at 12:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. This is a fantail pigeon, a domestic ornamental breed (not a racing breed).

      What do you mean, an African or European fantail pigeon?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 30 at 12:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. El Cid — I thought Kennedy’s bird was Willow Rosenberg.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 30 at 01:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. #46, Stace, thanks for the info.  Now, for the REALLY important question:

      Are fantail pigeons tasty?  And is there any special way to cook ‘em?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 06 30 at 01:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. After reading the article I am convinced Mr. Cipolla has a fine sense of humor.  He’d fit right in here.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 06 30 at 03:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. “About two weeks ago, this bird started hanging around the restaurant….”. This sounds like the start of a letter to British Penthouse magazine.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 30 at 10:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Unless the bird was an archeopteryx, I wouldn’t worry.

      Posted by Nightfly on 2006 06 30 at 01:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Richard, I used to raise these birds in Texas, so as far as I’m concerned, they’re Texas fantails, and that should be good enough for anyone, of course.

      Jeff s, I expect they are as tasty as any other breed, but there are some pigeons that are bred just for meat. They are big mofos, so your labor/meat ratio is lower, which is something I am always in favor of.

      Posted by Stace on 2006 06 30 at 08:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Standard bird recipe:  you breast ‘em out and wrap the meat around a jalapeno, wrap bacon around that, then fry it up or grill it. Which makes even the worst freezerburned old game from the feezer edible.

      Posted by Stace on 2006 06 30 at 08:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Help!  All my chooks have turned into emus and have kicked my dunny down!!

      I blame Gerbil Warning googol warting global warming climate change, dammit !!

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 07 01 at 12:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. The dumbass commonest bird on the planet, a feral – or domestic – pigeon, Columba livia. You got ‘em all over the place in Sydney and every other city in the world. There’s not a single thing “unusual” about it. All feral pigeons (or Rock Doves) are hybrids, and that includes the ones bred for racing or show. You get enormous variations in plumage. Why all the stir about what Woody Allen famously called a rat with wings is beyond me. At any rate, if they want to know what to do with the pathologically ridiculous creature, look here.

      Posted by ekw on 2006 07 01 at 03:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #57 Stace,
      “Labour/meat ratio”, I like the sound of that and will apply it to all my tasks in future. If the labour/meat ratio doesn’t make something worth my while then I aint interested.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 07 01 at 03:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. #61 Daniel San, you are onto somethng there.
      Labor/Meat Ratio:
      Chicken 1/4 – Great!
      Turkey 1/3 – Still Good.
      Reasoning With Trolls 50/1 – why bother?

      Addamo your Labor/Meat ratio sucks, so I’ll just ignore you from here on out.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 07 01 at 04:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #62, Texas Bob,

      Well, you managed to crack me up.  Not an easy task today, but the Addamo labor/meat ratio did it.  Valid conclusion as well, which makes it a sound idea.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 07 01 at 04:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Quite a few birds can swim under water. Around Martha’s Vineyard, global warming or no, this might come in handy.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 07 01 at 04:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #57 — ALERT! ALERT! Missed Monty Python Reference!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 07 01 at 10:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. #65 RM – yes, and what about the implied reference to beautiful plumage in # 60 ekw’s

      You get enormous variations in plumage

      .. the only thing left is to decide whether or not one gets wafers with it.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 07 01 at 10:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. SCD — the question is, was the bird happy to be there, or was it pining…?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 07 01 at 09:24 PM • permalink

 

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