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If you read the wonderfully fun comic adventure series Tintin by Herge as a child, you may recall the drunken crusty Captain Archibald Haddock. One of his favorite curses was ‘Troglodyte.’ We used to read Tintin to our kids and of course they latched onto the word, always looking for a reason to call each other a Troglodyte (done in jest).

Folks who don’t wear masks and complain incessantly remind me of Troglodytes. A Troglodyte is defined as a prehistoric person who lived in a cave, a hermit, or a person who is being deliberately ignorant.

Someone who disputes the efficacy of mask wearing reminds me so much of a cave-dwelling willfully ignorant person, the very definition of a Troglodyte.

Later I learned there is a family of bird named Troglodytetidae (cave-dweller), so named because they forage in dark crevices. The Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) is a member of of Troglodytetidae and is seen year round on our shores.

Masks save lives, protecting you and your loved ones. However you define Troglodyte, whether bird, cave-dweller, or willfully ignorant human, please don’t be one and wear the darn mask!

Captain Archibald Haddock


Flying in to the distinct squarish hole, then flying out to perch at the top of the old tree, then off to find insects for her brood, and then back again. Repeat, repeat, repeat. This mama wren was tirelessly feeding her hungry family, returning dozens and dozens of times with a mouth full insects in the very brief time I stopped to look.

I’m not sure exactly what species this is–she has a short tail like Winter Wren and is nesting in a tree cavity, near fresh water, which is common for Winter Wrens. Her tail is too long to be a House Wren. If any of our readers know for sure, please write. Thank you 🙂