I live in Indiana, home of Hoosiers (the people) and the setting of Hoosiers, the "BEST Sports Movie" according to an ESPN panel of experts. It's no coincidence that the same name applies to our state natives and the title of a movie about our state passion; in Indiana, we love us some basketball! 'March Madness' is, for people of our state, kinda like it's own season: Spring, March Madness, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Does March Madness have anything to do with a finch feeder or wild bird seed,
the things you expect to hear about on this website? Well, not in the classic sense I suppose, but it does provide a perfect depiction of the Common Loon[s], the non-Nyjer-loving birds conducting their annual 'pre-connubial' speed dating ritual on the lake outside my house. It's like Large Water Birds on Spring Break or Birds Gone Wild around here. 'Deafening' doesn't do justice to the decibel level of their, uh, affection? for one another. I'm just saying, if they were gathering in a condo common area you know the Covenants and Practices Committee would be calling their parents.
Get a load of the Loon love outside my door with this site. Turn up your speakers, multiply the sound by about 200 and you can vicariously participate in nature's Hoosier Hysteria. Me? I'm going to refill my thistle feeders, root for Butler University and embrace the madness.
Photo, Barbara Nuffler. http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/59440.html