A fine feathered giveaway

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For the most part, I don’t like birds. I find them as unpredictable as monkeys and therein lies my unease with them. Like monkeys, a bird could just be sitting there looking at you, all still and quiet and then, without warning …  FLUNG POOP.

Wait, that’s monkeys.


I’m really trying to work on this dislike of our feathered friends. I am. I mean, I adore hawks and falcons and pterodactyls and rocs and any other bird that eats pigeons. Gotta love them cannibals. Makes me wonder. Are there monkey-eating monkeys?

My brain is weird tonight.

Moving on …

If you love birds, here’s your chance to eat and drink with them as I have here in my virtual possession four, yes FOUR tickets to the National Aviary’s Night in the Tropics event.

A fun and carefree celebration, Night in the Tropics is one of the best parties of the summer! Enjoy great food and drink provided by some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants, dancing to the mellow tunes of The Freedom Band, and hanging out with the Aviary’s flock of more than 600 birds. Night in the Tropics benefits the Aviary’s education and wildlife conservation programs. Tickets sell out quickly. Get yours today!

Tickets are priced at $50 each, so this giveaway is worth $200.

The event is July 17 at 7:00 p.m. and you can read a fun review of last year’s event here, complete with a slideshow of well, lots of hot babes. My goodness, this event brings out the cutie pies dressed in strapless fashions. They’re just asking for pooped-on shoulders.

So, to enter to win two tickets, just leave a comment and tell me HOW MUCH YOU HATE BIRDS.

Just kidding. Let’s see. Oh! TELL ME HOW MUCH YOU HATE MONKEYS!

Kidding! For serious, tell me what your favorite bird is, AND YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY PENGUIN. Too darn many of you love penguins! So, other than the penguin, what’s your favorite bird?

If I had to pick, I’d say hawks, because they eat pigeons and because I’ve forgiven them for that one time two summers ago when one of them tried to steal my baby, which, true story.

Random.org will select two numbers as winning comments. You have until Wednesday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. to enter. If you don’t win, you can purchase tickets here.

Good luck!


  1. Chelsa
    June 29, 2010 1:55 pm


  2. becky
    June 29, 2010 1:56 pm

    I’m a big fan of the giant, red-eyed vultures that sit in cages outside of the Aviary, spooking unassuming passersby. Keepin’ that section of the North Side pretty darn safe.

  3. Beth
    June 29, 2010 2:22 pm

    Robins, because that means spring is on its way in Pittsburgh!

  4. Tracy
    June 29, 2010 2:30 pm

    A bird once pooped on my brother-in-law, in a suit that he borrowed from a friend, after my grandmother’s wake, so much poop, that shrapnel hit my sister and I….we never laughed so hard in our entire lives

  5. stephen
    June 29, 2010 2:31 pm

    I once had my figer up a duck’s ass.

    I like ducks.

    Those two statements are unrelated.

  6. Judy
    June 29, 2010 2:51 pm

    I love the redbellied woodpecker that hangs out on my suet cake every morning.

  7. Bubba
    June 29, 2010 2:52 pm

    Brown Pelicans, sans oil.

  8. L
    June 29, 2010 3:16 pm

    Arctic Puffin! Arctic Puffin!

  9. Jennie
    June 29, 2010 3:45 pm

    Gold finches. I love little gold finches flitting about in the summer.

  10. Jen
    June 29, 2010 4:04 pm


  11. Cathy
    June 29, 2010 4:14 pm

    My favorite bird is my Pet cockatiel “GoBo” who is 20 years old and the old bird is a lot of fun…lol

  12. Noelle
    June 29, 2010 4:20 pm

    I rather like Chickadees, they get so excited they sometimes slip and hang upside down on the bird feeder.

  13. Brad
    June 29, 2010 4:37 pm

    I love all kinds of birds. I have a bird guide on my coffee table so I can look up any new ones that come to the bird feeders out back. I once watched a hawk and a squirrel go at it…pretty cool.

    Let’s see…hard to decide. The Downy Woodpecker is a cool looking bird. I’ve always been a fan of Orioles too (both the team and the bird).

  14. Missy D
    June 29, 2010 4:43 pm

    I love Blue Jays, not sure why. They just look cool because they are blue

  15. Shelley
    June 29, 2010 5:18 pm

    I have to go with hummingbirds- colorful, cute and really fast.

  16. hello haha narf
    June 29, 2010 5:51 pm

    unlike you, i actually love birds. my favorite is the robin. or the eagle. or the kestrel. wait. the robin. definitely the robin.

    although the great blue heron was my mom’s favorite and the night she died, as i followed the ambulance up 79 to the hospice facility, a great blue flew slightly in front of the ambulance the entire way. freaked me the fuck out, yet a immediately gained a love for them.

  17. Alex
    June 29, 2010 7:32 pm

    Herons….they are so graceful and majestic!

  18. Jamie
    June 29, 2010 7:50 pm

    There is a house in our neighborhood that must put out special bird food because it attracts yellow finches. My kids love looking at yellow birdies. They are my favorite.

  19. Carrie
    June 29, 2010 7:59 pm

    Eastern bluebird. Colors are amazing. The first time I saw one I thought it was a bright blue frisbee sailing through the sky. Couldn’t believe a bird could be such a color.

  20. Lauren C.
    June 29, 2010 8:17 pm

    I love flamingos…the color, the backwards legs, the goofy thing they do with their beaks to vibrate water and attract fish…

  21. Kate
    June 29, 2010 8:21 pm

    The red winged black bird. It’s very pretty and startling in color.

  22. Sue
    June 29, 2010 8:22 pm

    Bluebird! Hells yeah!

  23. Margie
    June 29, 2010 9:37 pm

    it’s a toss up between the blue heron and the Baltimore oriole. The heron is so graceful, but the oriole has a really cool call and they make upside down pouch looking nests.

  24. Dish
    June 30, 2010 1:58 am

    Birds aren’t my favorite. But I occasionally glance out the back window of my house and see cardinals hanging out in my trees and bushes, and it’s a fantastic sight. I’m going to have to go with the cardinal.

  25. Honoria Glossup
    June 30, 2010 2:24 am

    Hummingbird. I am always cheered when I one out my window.

  26. Joel
    June 30, 2010 9:14 am

    I like Sparrows…I know…sorta lame since they’re real common, but they’re cute, smart, fast and my grandfather always called them Sputzies (i don’t know why)

    Oh…and a quiz that I took told me that my Patronus (like in harry Potter) would be a Sparrow

  27. hello haha narf
    June 30, 2010 9:18 am

    joel, everyone in my family calls sparrows “sputzies” also…i was in my 20’s before i knew they were the same thing (late bloomer, i suppose!)

  28. Toad
    June 30, 2010 9:38 am


    I jest ——- flocks of pigeons.

  29. Carpetbagger
    June 30, 2010 12:36 pm

    Sandpipers, cause it means I’m at the beach.

  30. Judy
    June 30, 2010 1:06 pm