Thanks for the Shade, Mom

Theriously, I was all ouch-ooch-ooch-ouch walking on the sand, and then I sit down, and I’m thinking “hey, do I smell fried chicken?” and it’s me!

Photo credit: auburnxc



  1. Baby boidy floofage!

  2. 260Oakley says:

    Beach bum finally scores with hot chick

  3. mervtheflamingo says:

    shade your tailfeathers?

  4. skippymom says:

    I used to live on Cape Cod, and they would close off parts of certain beaches during piping plover nesting season. There was a rather popular bumper sticker that read “Piping Plovers Taste Like Chicken.” Yes, it was a JOKE!

  5. O NO he (she/it) DI-unt says:

    Me, in re pic: “D’awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww” (etc)

  6. New Bette Midler hit single: You are the shade under my tail feathers.

  7. Katiedid says:

    It’s so FLUFFY!!!

  8. tracylee says:

    hopefully Ma didn’t have baked beans for lunch… that’d be one cutie-patootie…

  9. domanato says:

    awww…moms across all species are so loving towards their kids….

  10. knittinkitten says:

    So cute! Mr. McFluffersons has quite the caring plover there.

  11. That is the fluffiest thing I’ve ever seen!!! I want it!

  12. A mother’s job is never done!

  13. victoreia says:

    Finally! A reason to collect those paper umbrellas!

  14. If I can’t have that baby, and I wouldn’t do that to that mama, can I have a plushie baby drover?

  15. i’t so Fluffy!! i’m gonna die!

  16. Chick: Its piping hot but mom’s throwing me some shade. That’s good right?

  17. skippymom says:

    My mother would find a way to explain that it’s nobody’s fault but my own that I’m hot, and then go about enjoying her fabulous life. Wait, did I say that?
    Beautiful birdies!!!

  18. So tiny. Both are cute.

  19. knittinkitten says:

    Is it me or do baby birds in all their floofyness always look so much bigger than they really are? Soooooo cute. Maybe this is why McGrumpersons is so grumpy, now one to provide shade for him.

  20. @Katiedid It’s so FLUFFY I WANT TO DIE!

  21. **I’m gonna die! misquote’d!

  22. Peep Poops out
    mom Pops over
    providing shade.

  23. Cute baby ‘tocks are burning, mom produces ‘tocks shade.

  24. I wish I had a nice mama birdie to follow me around and shade me with a feather parasol. I’m a delicate flower who wilts in the sun.

  25. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:


    therefore & thereunto appertainin’, you already well know my Nana’s (and I’m sure it belongs to many others’ forebears, as well):

    “Horses sweat, men perspire, and we [“delicate blossoms” aka
    southern ‘Mericun…or perhaps some UK female humans] GLOW.”

    (cough. sputter*snerkI*)

  26. BStrange says:

    Baby plover ‘tocked Mom into shading its wee pancake-colored head. Awww.

  27. MM – I’m with you. More than 5 minutes in the sun and I burst into flames.

    Luckeh floofeh birdeh babeh!

  28. chanpon says:

    Oh, butt shade! How ingenious. Little baby probably has very sensitive skin under that wispy fluff.

  29. BStrange says:

    It’s too late though, that chick already has some serious tan lines…

  30. AuntieMame says:

    LOL! Double-whammy pun from 260Oakley! 😀

  31. Baby Birdy Floomf!

    And that’s definitely a plover. +1 for hovertext. Plovers are known for their theatrics in trying to keep animals away from their nest… They fly off away from the nest in circles, screeching, to try and lure predators away.

  32. victoreia says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t tan….

    Or to quote my favorite vampire: “I don’t tan. I don’t burn. I implode.”

    (Points to whoever knows his name 😉 )

  33. oh You Motheeerrssss

  34. Beware of your mommy’s droppings though

  35. victoreia, that sounds like something Angel would say to Cordelia.

  36. victoreia, I’m afraid I don’t know who said that, but to quote/paraphrase another vampire (and friend) that I’m fond of…

    “We just get really bad sunburns really, really easily!”
    “And sometimes you catch on fire.”
    Sometimes we catch on fire.”

  37. Ohhh, I MISSED these stinkin’ cute shorebirds yesterday! You should see them run up and down the beach with their twnkly little legs!

    Here are some sandpipers!

  38. PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love Birdies!!!!!

  39. I love how the little guy is so soft and fluffy compared to the sleek shiny-ness of the mama. So snorgalable! And edible, I suppose, if you lack a conscience.


  40. victoreia says:

    Nick, from Forever Knight. Late eighties, Geraint Wyn Davies was soooooo dreamy……

  41. BStrange says:

    Theresa: I love “twinkly little legs”!

    Weird Associations Moment! The way they move on the beach reminds me of the Windows Media Player vizualization Bars and Waves —> “Ocean Mist”. The dots at the top being the birds:

  42. BStrange says:

    *headdesks* I’ve been proofreading for a non-native English-speaker all month, and it’s starting to show up in my dreams. And also, apparently, in my posts. That would be “visualize”.

  43. Oh geez. the show that introduced us to the Canadian John de Lancie, Nigel Bennett.