Friday, December 11, 2015

Verizon and the Birds

My original idea for this post was to tell you about our problem with Verizon.  Then I thought that would be too boring, because it has been ongoing for four months.  Thus, we'll be having more hummingbird pictures!  Yaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!  It's overcast today, so the light wasn't bright enough to use a really fast shutter speed, so they're not as crisp as I had hoped.

There was a lot of checking over the shoulder (do birds have shoulders?) this morning.  This guy is looking a little ragged.  Note the fuzz on the beak and the fluffy legs.

This is a female, checking over her shoulder.

The interloper also looks like a female.

I was a split second too late to get the whole battle here.

Later the male came back and was badgered by a female.

He looks over his shoulder and shrugs.

Back to eating.

Surprisingly, the female landed on another perch and the two of them shared the feeder.  We have not seen that behavior before.

Back to Verizon.  The contact list on Jim's phone has been repeatedly damaged by Verizon applying updates.  The contact list back up file on the cloud was corrupted back in September.  Yesterday we discovered that their fix for that was to delete the backup.  Thanks, Verizon.  Anyway, yesterday we started losing the call log.  So, I called Tier two technical support.  This is what I learned from that encounter.  When the tech has you download the repair/update software from your phone, to your pc, you must understand what the word repair means.  You'd think repair would mean "fix the broken software."  Nope, it means do a factory reset and delete all the photos and text messages.  I have no idea if this will fix the problem, but I'm fairly cheesed off that there was no mention of deleting all of those files before doing the "repair."  So, keep this in mind if Verizon ever wants to repair your phone.

That's it, that's all I've got.


  1. Nice hummer shots!

    Between the continuous updates of everything and the dubious "repairs" these electronics drive me nuts!

  2. We have seen many female hummingbirds sharing a feeder, but very few males. At my mom's mountain place, where they have five hummer feeders up during the season, the females are particularly nice about eating together. We call them the "ladies who lunch". (At least until Atilla the Hum breaks up the party!)