State Bird

I think I’m going to start a petition to change Maryland’s official State Bird.  I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen a Baltimore Oriole, in the wild, in Maryland.  Wouldn’t it be better to use a bird that is much more commonplace?  I’m thinking that a more appropriate choice would be the Canada Goose, or perhaps the Bell Jet Ranger.

Speaking of geese, I ran into a particularly cantankerous gaggle in Patapsco State Park this morning, on my ride to work.  They had a big group of goslings in tow, and the adults gave me a nice chorus of hisses as I rode by.  I laughed, thinking, these guys are not unlike the average driver in Maryland!  (Take it easy folks..  just kidding!  Sort of.)

Unfriendly geese aside, the weather is definitely looking nice for the end of the week.  The clouds are gone and the temperatures are warming up.  I took Landing Rd out to Ilchester Rd today and then rode through the park.  Tomorrow is Bike-to-Work Day, so I was thinking about riding out to Ellicott City and Catonsville, to see if I can catch up with some other riders heading to UMBC.  It’s nice to finally shed the rain gear.

Enjoy the weather and don’t forget to ride in tomorrow.