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Washington-area Birdwatchers Spot Migrating Species

Washington-area Birdwatchers Spot Migrating Species

It’s late fall and a sure sign of the season is the movement of various migratory birds in Washington and elsewhere. Recent sightings include:

The African American Obama

Perhaps because of its name, the African American obama is often mistakenly thought to be native to Kenya. In fact, this White House-perched bird is from Chicago by way of Hawaii.

Noted for its melodious tones, the African American obama seems to have recently lost its voice and may have to return next year to one of its former homes.

The Wandering Emmanuel

Native to the Chicago area, the wandering emmanuel is known for its lengthy forays into different climes, particularly in the Washington, D. C. area.

More recently, however, this bird was once again spotted in its original nesting area sporting a mayoral crown.

The Woodcutting Bush

This bird once migrated back and forth between Washington and Texas but now stays year-round in its Dallas sanctuary.

Once noted for its single-minded devotion to cutting, be it taxes or troop strength, it now only cuts brush. Native to Connecticut, the woodcutting bush masks its true origins with western coloring and a faux Texan warble.

The Snowy Clinton

Noted for its snowy plumage and plump girth, the snowy clinton no longer summers in the D. C. area. Leaving its mate to forage in Washington, the snowy clinton migrates throughout the country looking for admiring crowds. Previously known for its forceful cry of “is is”, “is is.”

The Grousing Giuliani

Once spotted regularly in the New York City area, the grousing giuliani now makes occasional and sporadic visits to various primary states.

Apparently seeking a new home in Washington, this bird has yet to find a suitable flight path to the nation’s capital. Known for its strident cry of “9/11”, “9/11”, the grousing giuliani has recently adopted a more muted tone.

The Thin-skinned McCain

Originally a western-based bird, the thin-skinned mccain has spent the last thirty years perched in both congressional houses in Washington.

It once tried to take over the top perch but fell victim to its own stubborn pride. Can be identified by its aging plumage and its relentless cry of “maverick”, “maverick.”

The Pileated Palin

A rare northern species, the pileated palin hails from Alaska but now spends much of its time in New York singing for a fox. This bird’s prominent crest attracts much attention as does its elaborate plumage and its repetitive cry of “you betcha”, “you betcha.”

The Silver-haired Romney

Spotted throughout the United States from California to Massachusetts, the silver-haired romney regularly takes flight every four years. Although it would apparently like nothing better than to perch in a big white house in Washington, this bird’s unorthodox belief system always seems to jeopardize its intended flight pattern.


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Dave Martin's humor and political satire have appeared in many major North American newspapers including The N. Y. Times, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. His latest humor collection is entitled "Screams & Whispers" available on and he blogs at


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